Last night Kristi and I had the privilege of attending a reception at the Governor’s house celebrating the 20th running of the Hartford Marathon. Upon Kristi’s arrival at the Downtown Y just over a year ago, one of her main goals was to establish a relationship with the Hartford Marathon Foundation and she has done just that!!! Hearing the stories from Beth Shugler and the winner of the very first Hartford Marathon made me realize how fortunate we are to be part of such an amazing partnership !
At the event, Beth Shugler talked about how the marathon has grown from a small race of only 350 runners and only a few elite runners to what it is now, having over 17,000 runners from all over the world and has brought Hartford to the forefront of runners minds when choosing where to run a marathon. This is good for Hartford!
A spokesperson from ING, the major sponsor of the Hartford Marathon, spoke about how proud she is of how the race has grown and in particular, the kids race and the Run for Something Better program. The Run for Something Better program has grown from just 700 kids taking part to almost 3,000 kids taking part this year. That truly is a testament to the hard work that the Hartford Marathon Foundation has put in over the years in working hard to create a program where kids can get fit and learn how to live healthy lives.
On October 8th, the Greater Hartford YMCA will be solely responsible for the World of Fitness Expo at the Run for Something Better at Rentschler Field. This expo involves giving kids the chance to visit different exhibitors running demos and clinics of different sports for the kids to take part in. This is such a great opportunity for the Y to be part of such a powerful event!
Kristi and I, as well as everyone in the Greater Hartford YMCA, are so excited to watch how our relationship with HMF continues to grow over the next couple of years and all the exciting things we will be able to be part of.