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Hartford Marathon Foundation Rallies Support for Community and Charities at Eversource Hartford Marathon

The Hartford Marathon Foundation has expanded its commitment to charity fundraising at the 2017 Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon with a Charity 5K initiative. In addition to highlighting the 20 organizations that serve as Official Charities for the event, HMF is also encouraging participants to run, walk, volunteer or fundraise for a cause they support to add to more than $6.9 million raised through the event since 1994.

All participants in the October 14th Eversource Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, Charity 5K and Team 26.2 relay are encouraged to run or walk for a cause. For more information, to set up a fundraising team or join a team, please visit the Charities page.


2017 Eversource Hartford Marathon official charities:

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

National MS Society – CT Chapter

Hospital for Special Care

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

National Kidney Foundation

UConn Foundation, Inc.

Achilles International – CT Chapter

American Cancer Society

American Red Cross

Camp Rising Sun

CT Education Foundation

Covenant to Care for Children

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

CT Support Treatment & Reentry - CT Star

Donate Life Connecticut

Girls on the Run Greater Hartford

NAMI Connecticut

United Way of Central & Northeastern CT

Ron Foley Foundation

Chapter 126—Oak Hill Sports & Fitness


“This is a true community-centric event, providing the opportunity for participants to achieve their personal goals while giving back. The expansion of the Charity 5K helps us better serve runners and walkers of all abilities to support local charities and causes important to them,” said Beth Shluger, CEO of the Hartford Marathon Foundation and Eversource Hartford Marathon race director. 

In addition to the growth of the charity program for participants, the Hartford Marathon Foundation also recognizes a longtime leader this year for his service to charity. David Polk has contributed 23 years of stewardship and generosity as a founding HMF Board member and will be honored with a Perpetual Award. Polk is currently the president and executive director of The First Tee of Connecticut and has also served as vice president of Hartford Hospital and president of Aetna Health Plans of Southern New England. Now an emeritus member of the board, Polk is applauded by the Hartford Marathon Foundation for his longtime service and support.

The Perpetual Award will be presented each year at the Hartford Marathon Finish Line Ceremony to the person who raises the most charity pledges. The winner will be recognized publicly and have their name inscribed on the perpetual trophy, and $500 will be donated by HMF to their charity.

“We’re grateful for the leadership and dedication of David Polk and proud to start this new Perpetual Award recognition in his honor,” said Shluger.

Registration is currently open for all race events. More information can be found at, on Facebook at HMF Events or via Twitter at @RunHMF.


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 32 annual athletic events, including the Eversource Hartford Marathon, and 25 training programs. For more information, visit and on Facebook at HMF Events.