FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hartford Marathon Foundation Kicks off 2011 Events, Launches New Web Site
March 2011, Glastonbury, CT – Offering everything from 5Ks, triathlons,
half and full marathons and kids events to training clinics for cycling,
swimming and running, the Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) is gearing up
for an eventful 2011 season. Established in 1994 with the mission to
motivate people toward active and healthy lifestyles, the Foundation will
host and coordinate 25 major events in Connecticut this year in addition to
the ING Hartford Marathon, its nationally recognized annual fall event.
With a new Web site designed to help participants better navigate through
events and resources, (www.HartfordMarathon.com), HMF hopes to reach
and engage more event participants, whether runners, volunteers, sponsors
or donors. For those looking to run in their first or 50th event, training
resources have been expanded with new groups created in towns including
Fairfield, Cheshire and Farmington with the hub of training groups meet in
Glastonbury. Training group members receive full training guides,
participate in coach-led weekly runs and gain a sense of camaraderie to
help reach their goals. Additional clinics such as Cycling Power, Bicycle
Fit Testing and various freestyle swimming programs have been created to
help triathletes manage their training.
"After a long, snowy winter we're excited to get back outside and help our
runners and triathletes prepare for the 2011 season," said Beth Shluger,
founder and Executive Director of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. "We
provide events and training support for every member of the family and
encourage you to take advantage of the many resources we've developed over
the years. Whether you're looking for a fun 5K to celebrate the start of
the season or hoping to train for your first triathlon or marathon, the
Hartford Marathon Foundation welcomes you with training resources, race day
support and award-winning post-race parties."
The Foundation will hold an Open House on Sunday, April 3, at the American
School for the Deaf from 1-3:00 pm. Attendees can sign-up for running
groups, meet training group coaches and ask questions. Free activities
include a mini swim-stroke clinic, various health and wellness exhibitors,
guest speakers and a 5K run kicking off at 12:30 pm. Registration for all
2011 events will be open and HMF merchandise will be available.
The first events of 2011 will take place on March 19th with the O'Niantic
5K and March 20th with Max's O'Hartford 5K and Wee Mile. For a complete
list of events and to register, please visit www.HartfordMarathon.com.
About the Hartford Marathon Foundation
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 nearly 30 annual athletic events, including the ING Hartford
Marathon. For more information, visit www.HartfordMarathon.com