FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ING Hartford Marathon Earns Recognition From
Road Runners Club of America for Second Straight Year
September 2010, Glastonbury, CT - The Hartford Marathon Foundation's
signature event, the ING Hartford Marathon, has been recognized by the Road
Runners Club of America (RRCA) for the second year in a row. Earning the
State Championship title by RRCA, the ING Hartford Marathon reinforces its
commitment to providing a safe and enjoyable event for runners, spectators
This recognition comes as the ING Hartford Marathon gears up for its 17th
annual race on October 9, 2010. New this year, the Marathon and Half
Marathon courses will run separately to accommodate more participants in
the increasingly popular events, which have grown by the thousands since
the Hartford Marathon Foundation's inception in 1994. The new routes will
help with traffic flow and minimize road and street closures.
A State Championship designation communicates to athletes and the community
that the ING Hartford Marathon follows approved guidelines set forth by the
RRCA and excels in providing events and services for participants. Earning
this status for the second time further catapults the ING Hartford Marathon
to recruit top performing elite runners, partner with new sponsors and
charity organizations and improve civic support.
Always on the forefront of sustainability, the eco-friendly ING Hartford
Marathon will be completely paperless for walk-in registration and
results-viewing at the end of the race, saving more than 1,000 pieces of
paper. Additionally, the Marathon will take advantage of technology,
allowing runners to utilize their social network to post live race updates
and track their progress.
"We're thrilled to earn this distinction from RRCA as we always strive to
go above and beyond for our athletes, volunteers and spectators and provide
the best race day experience," said Beth Shluger, race director of the ING
Hartford Marathon. "Implementing new courses and offering the latest in
eco-friendly initiatives and race-day technology is indicative of our
dedication to hosting State Championship status events."
The 17th running of the ING Hartford Marathon will take place October 9,
2010 in Bushnell Park offering kid running events, 5K, Half Marathon and
About the ING Hartford Marathon
First run in 1994, the ING Hartford Marathon consists of a marathon, half
marathon, relay event, competitive race walk, 5K and children's fun run.
The 2009 event will be held on October 10.
The Hartford Marathon Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded
in 1994 to create and manage fitness events to benefit the local community.
Located in Glastonbury, Connecticut, the Hartford Marathon Foundation
organizes more than 20 annual athletic events, including the ING Hartford
Marathon. For more information, visit www.inghartfordmarathon.com.
About the Road Runners Club of America
The Road Runners Club of America is the national association of running
clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting long distance
running as a competitive sport and as healthful exercise. RRCA's mission is
to represent and promote the common interest of its member clubs, events,
and individual runners through education, leadership, programs and other