Hartford Marathon Foundation produces an extensive schedule of races in the greater Hartford area.
While the BAA overshadows the HMF with the Boston Marathon, the HMF schedule starts in March and goes through December.
Their calendar of events includes 5Ks, 10Ks, Duathlons, Triathlons and of course The Hartford Marathon.
Many of their events include the FitKids Run fun run, with distances ranging from 50 yards for 2 year olds up to a 1 mile run for 9-11 year olds. All participants receive a finisher’s medal and either a cotton t-shirt or a “Super Kid” cape.
How cool is that! Can you imagine being 5 years old and getting a cape, and a medal? I applaud their efforts to include children in their events and hopefully inspire the next generation of runners.
I’m really impressed with this organization and the number and variety of events they manage. If you live within an hour of Hartford, you should be checking out their event calendar. Many of their races are in neighboring towns and could be close to you.
I have raved about the HMF several times.
Almost everyone I know who has run the Hartford Marathon raves about them also.
Incorporating environmental awareness into their events and having kids fun runs is something more race organizers should be doing.
If you have been thinking about visiting the Hartford area, one of the HMF races might be just the excuse you have been looking for. While your spouse may not enjoy running they may enjoy checking out all that Hartford has to offer while both of you enjoy a running weekend in Greater Hartford.
Run well my friends!