FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2012 ING Hartford Marathon Elite Inspiration Team Members Chosen
Eight Inspiring Personalities to run Hartford on October 13, 2012
October 2, 2012, Glastonbury, CT – The Hartford Marathon Foundation is
excited to announce the 2012 ING Hartford Marathon Elite Inspiration Team.
The eight-member group was selected based on the personal journeys and
achievements that inspire them to participate in the ING Hartford Marathon,
Half Marathon & 5K events on Saturday, October 13 in Bushnell Park,
Hartford. Their stories are available at INGHartfordMarthon.com
ING Hartford Marathon Elite Inspiration Team members were nominated based
on personal achievements, positive leadership roles within their
communities and a dedication to living healthy lifestyles. They were chosen
from a wide field of nominations and will be treated to VIP benefits on
race day including tickets to the Pasta Supper at The Hartford Club, ING
Hartford Marathon apparel and profiles featured in the new ING Hartford
The Hartford Marathon Foundation along with ING U.S., title sponsor of the
race and presenting sponsor of the ING Hartford Marathon Elite Inspiration
Team, are extremely honored to recognize the eight members making up 2012
"Each runner has a story and these athletes have truly incredible ones. We
wanted to highlight these eight runners to serve as inspiration to others,"
said Beth Shluger, Executive Director of the Hartford Marathon Foundation.
"We're honored they chose to run the ING Hartford Marathon and we wish them
continued success as they work to achieve their goals."
"Success in long-distance running doesn't just happen overnight. It
requires persistence, planning and, in many cases, overcoming significant
obstacles," said Gary Baxter, chief information officer at ING U.S. "These
runners have stories that will encourage everyone – both participants and
spectators alike. We wish them well on their journeys and we know they
will help to make the ING Hartford Marathon an even more inspiring event."
Steve Anastasio, Haddam, CT
Brian Boyle, Welcome, MD
Dara Brooks, Bridgeport, CT
Sarah Claffey, Moodus, CT
Natalia Lamonaca, Atlanta, GA
Justin Ordway, Southbury, CT
Mary Pat Schmitt, Middletown, CT
Leslie Schlemmer, New Milford, CT
About the Hartford Marathon Foundation
The Hartford Marathon Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded
in 1994 to create and manage fitness events that inspire people to be
healthy and fit. Located in Glastonbury, Connecticut, the Hartford Marathon
Foundation organizes nearly 42 annual athletic events, including the ING
Hartford Marathon, and 25 training programs. For more information, visit
HartfordMarathon.com and on Facebook at HMF Events.
About ING U.S.
ING U.S. constitutes the U.S.-based retirement, investment and insurance
operations of Netherlands-based ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING). In the U.S.,
the ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial
services to retail and institutional clients, including retirement plans,
IRA rollovers and transfers, stable value, institutional investment
management, mutual funds, alternative investments, life insurance, employee
benefits, fixed and indexed annuities and financial planning. ING U.S.
holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves approximately 13
million customers across the nation. For more information, visit