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United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon—Beautiful Celebration of the Sport!
There are eight running and walking options—beautiful courses backed by excellence—the United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, and Huck Finn 5K. Oh, and remember there is a marathon relay, a marathon walk, a half marathon race walk, and a Kids’ K too.

United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon—Beautiful Celebration of the Sport!

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Thursday, 5 October, 2006

The United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon is the ideal marathon—terrifically beautiful course, amazing organization, and a high percentage of Boston qualifiers. The marathon and related events--eight events on Marathon Day--will be run and celebrated on Saturday, October 14. Yes, it will be a celebration—a fabulous celebration in the park, and on the roads. Fitness and running are supreme.

These events are marvels of organizational planning, efficiency, and expertise: Pre race preparations, charities, Expo representation, food and refreshment quality and availability, race day clockwork involving many events, thousands of runners, and 332 separate awards.

And the location is awesome—a city and region of boldness and beauty, contrasts and charisma!

The setting will be crowned by magnificent, vibrant foliage, for which New England is famous. Hartford is a driving, dynamic, modern city; but the city and the Greater Hartford region are also home to quaint, historic, colonial and Victorian villages and neighborhoods. With so many options, there will be a distance, a challenge, and a celebration for everyone. This will be running and walking as they should be, with great music and delicious food. You will enjoy a distinctive destination marathon. Greater Hartford cannot be beat.

Do yourself and your family a favor, and spend some vacation time in the region. People come from all over the world to see New England in autumn: Fabulous foliage, the beautiful State Capitol, Victorian grandeur, glinting skyline, colonial village, New England’s largest river lined with brilliant color, and riverfront access. It’s running in the best of places--technology, history, museums, the arts, parks, restaurants, and beautiful foliage. Bring your camera, your friends, family, and your curiosity. Live this experience. Connecticut is the place to be in October.

There will be eight very different events. The marathon is the keystone, but there will also be a marathon relay (2-4 person teams), and a marathon walk (promoted by Prevention magazine). There will also be a half marathon run and race walk, and half marathon walk (also part of the Prevention magazine walking program), the Huck Finn 5K, and Kids’ K (varies in distance by age group), with all kids getting recognition and a chance to finish at the world class finish line.

The United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon and associated events are simply the best by every standard. These events are famous for unique features and attention to detail. Everything is world class: Terrific awards, unbelievable volunteers, sponsorship from United Technologies Corporation and a host of other terrific companies and organizations, a spectacularly fast course, spectator friendly loops, emphasis on charities and charitable giving, a delicious post-race party celebration, and excellent live music. The Hartford Marathon Foundation puts it all together with top-flight organization. And it all takes place at one of the Northeast’s most beautiful, engaging, and rewarding destinations.

The Health and Fitness Expo, Packet Pick Up, and Pasta Feast
The Health and Fitness Expo will be held Friday, October 13, from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hartford Civic Center. It’s on Trumbull Street in the heart of Hartford, only two blocks from the start and finish. The Pasta Feast will be the same evening, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., also at the Hartford Civic Center. It is “the best pre-race party in the country,” prepared by many of Hartford’s great restaurants.

Packet pick up and late registration will be available during the Expo at the Hartford Civic Center. (Packet pick up and late registration are also available at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Buckland Hills Mall, Wednesday, October 11, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., and race day morning at the Hartford Civic Center beginning at 6:00 a.m.)

There will be a fun run with Bill Rodgers, a Hartford native, Olympian, and four-time winner of both the Boston and New York Marathons. He will also be at the Expo to meet runners and sign autographs.

There will be a variety of seminars and clinics at The Expo, with over 75 vendors and organizations participating. The general public is invited to attend and check out nutritional products, sports and fitness apparel and equipment, health screening opportunities, info on recreational activities, exercise equipment, athletic apparel, running shoes, and various races.

The Pasta Feast will include a big screen multi-media show throughout. Hartford restaurants will provide their favorite sauces, along with breads, salads, fruit, desserts, water, juice, and soda. Enjoy the camaraderie with other runners; 56% come from out of state (from all 50 states, and many countries). The Expo and the dinner are open to all.

Bushnell Park—the Ideal Race Day Location
All events will start and finish at beautiful Bushnell Park in the center of Hartford. Bushnell Park is itself an attraction, and the center of marathon activity. The park will be humming with energy and celebrants from 6:00 a.m. The park will be brilliant with the colors of New England autumn, right in the center of dynamic Hartford. The post race party (the best post race food, by the way) will get underway at 9:00 a.m., along with the beginning of the finish line Expo.

The marathon passes near Bushnell Park miles into the race, and spectators can survey the field well before the exciting and memorable finish.

Bushnell is a 40-acre front lawn of the gorgeous, golden domed, gingerbread Victorian State Capitol. The park, established in 1854, includes a working antique carousel (hand carved, 1914), a playground, and the soaring towers of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Memorial Arch built in 1884—all framed by incredibly colorful foliage. The Memorial Arch is the symbol of the United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon, and a fitting ending to each event, a triumph of fun and fitness. Pick your race, your distance, and celebrate!

Something for Everyone-Family, Friends, Relatives
The eight events associated with Marathon Day provide a distance and challenge for everyone, young and old, beginner and expert. They will include long distance world-class competitors, and beginners running their first 5K. All races are spectator friendly, and Bushnell Park will be humming with activity from 6:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.

The signature Marathon and Half Marathon, along with the Marathon Relay, Marathon Walk, and Half Marathon Race Walk and Walk, will begin at 8:00 a.m. near the Capitol on Elm Street bordering Bushnell Park. The accompanying Huck Finn 5K will start simultaneously, but at a different Bushnell Park location. The unique marathon relay, which has 2-4 person teams, includes legs of 6.2, 6.4, 7.4, and 6.2 miles. The relay will have nine team divisions: Open, masters 40-49, and grand masters (50+)—women, men, and mixed. Check the Website for relay rules and descriptions.

All events will finish triumphantly on Trinity Street after passing under the beautiful Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in front of the impressive State Capitol.

The Kids’ K will run at 9:30 a.m. They provide a non-competitive run for children 3-11. Distance is based on age groups, and each child will run under the inspiring Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch. Each will receive a medal and a goodie bag with special treats.

Prevention Magazine
Prevention magazine will partner with the United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon and the Portland Marathon in Oregon for its new initiative, the 2006 Prevention Magazine Walking Challenge. Prevention is in the process of training and fielding teams for both events. They hope to include many who would not otherwise participate in distance events, and thereby introduce fitness into the lives of many readers. Prevention will provide online training and support at The goal is to, “encourage and motivate people to lead healthier lives through walking.”

United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon Race Director Beth Shluger had this to say about the new partnership, “We are thrilled to partner with Prevention to promote health and fitness, which is our mission in the community. We’re known for being New England’s most beautiful fall marathon, and our events will certainly provide a memorable experience for Team Prevention.”

There will be a special reception for participants in this program, and a chance to meet editors and writers of the magazine. Prevention’s fitness staff will lead pacing groups for both the marathon and half marathon. Organizers will keep the courses open for a comfortable seven hours (marathon) and 3.5 hours.

Terrific, Inspiring, Fast Courses
These races provide beautiful courses along New England’s largest river, and amidst the incredible foliage splendor of Hartford, East Hartford, and South Windsor in autumn. The marathon course is marked in yellow, while the half marathon course is marked with blue, and the 5K course in Red. All courses are 100% traffic free. Fluid stations are available nearly every mile, and Hartford Hospital provides medical stations at key locations. All courses are mostly flat.

From Bushnell Park and the capitol, the Marathon and Marathon Relay will surge through 4.3 miles together, before the half marathon splits off in East Hartford. There will be excellent medical and volunteer support throughout both courses, along with many bands.

The United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon travels a very inspiring and fast course through historic Hartford, East Hartford, and South Windsor, and will keep your attention. Although it starts and finishes within the striking grandeur of the city of Hartford, there is also a rural section where many fields and farms dot the landscape along with colonial homes. South Windsor appears much the same as it has for several centuries.

The first mile will be within the city, with varied and powerfully alluring architecture, and flanked by striking, contrasting buildings and spaces. The Old State House, built in 1796 (designed by Charles Bullfinch, the oldest still standing in the US) is only a few running strides from the Phoenix Building, a green-glass, boat-shaped marvel—the world’s first two-sided building. The courses will cross and return on Founders Bridge, named for the original colonial settlers. There are beautiful views of the tree-lined, silvery waters of the Connecticut River. Rich, vibrant fall foliage will be evident at nearly every turn on this very fast course.

Across the river in East Hartford runners will traverse office parks and broad avenues lined with colorfully stunning foliage. And at 4.7 miles, the marathon crosses into South Windsor, one of America’s first towns. Broad avenues give way to rural village roads and farmlands. The turnaround at the 9.4-mile mark is within this quintessential New England village, dating from 1636. The Clockmaker Burnap’s house (1772), and the John Watson house (1788) still stand at the turn. The post office, built in 1727--the oldest post office in the country—also stands on this corner. Participants will pass houses from five different centuries along this section. It is a very flat, pleasant out-and-back tour through historic South Windsor.

After returning to East Hartford, the course will run on East River Drive and head into Great River Park. Runners will zip along the shore of the Connecticut, with radiant fall foliage reflecting on the water. Contrasts will be striking, too, with the riverboat M/V Mark Twain tied at the pier as the modern Hartford skyline soars in the background.

At 20 miles runners will pass Bushnell Park and the famous arch, heading west past the red sandstone Union Railroad Station to the Victorian West Side. Runners and walkers will experience the neighborhood of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, with foliage-lined streets, gardens and beautiful homes, before heading back to Bushnell Park. Finishers will experience the thrill of victory as they pass under the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, a remarkable and enjoyable experience.

The course records are 2:33:23 by Ramilia Buragulova in 2003, and 2:16:34 by Moses Kemboi in 2005.

The Half Marathon and Walk
The Half Marathon course stays with the marathon for the first 4.3 miles, and then breaks off for a separate loop in East Hartford. After eight miles on the east side of the river, the Half returns to Hartford for the last five miles, looping to the southern side of the city before returning to Bushnell, the Memorial Arch and finish line. Both the half marathon and marathon offer several opportunities for spectators to view the exciting competition. There will be dozens of locations with live music on the courses.

The course records are 1:15:11 by Jackline Tatori in 2002, and 1:03:36 by Benedict Akoi in 1999.

Post Race Party
There will be a post race party to remember, a fitting celebration! Enjoy “the best post race food in North America” (the Ultimate Guide to Marathons), a 100% organic feast. It includes three types of pasta, vegetarian chili, fresh fruit, pressed cider, terrific baked potatoes with your choice of delicious toppings, and homemade apple crisp. Luscious Wild Oats Natural Market Rice ‘nBeans is a big favorite, and there’s plenty more. Check out the Finish Line Expo! Thirsty? Have a well-deserved Sam Adams in the Beer Garden.

During the morning and afternoon at Bushnell Park there will be wonderful music and family entertainment, along with dozens of exhibitors.

There will be free massages following the race, courtesy of the Connecticut AMTA Sports Massage Therapy Team, and the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy.

Granite State Race Services will be timing the races using the Championchip. Times will be posted very quickly and accurately. There will be over 332 individual and team awards presented. These include 30 divisions in each race, using 5-year groupings, plus 18 wheelchair prizes (6 per race), and 18 Clydesdale and Athena awards (also 6 per race). There will be at minimum 28 cash awards totaling over $50,000. All marathon finishers will receive a medal and certificate, and all half-marathoners will receive a medal.

Charity Running, Your Choice, and Your Chance
Charity running is exceptionally important at Greater Hartford, with many choices and many opportunities to “Run for Good”. The United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon continues in the tradition of giving, and anyone can run for a charity. Run well, and run for good. Charities can include any organization registered as a 501 (c) (3), and the effort will heighten the personal satisfaction, along with personal achievement. The Hartford Marathon Foundation serves as a fundraiser for several charities, and hopes to raise at least $500,000.

And there are perks!

There are five local charities: Jeff’s Running Partners, a children’s running and fitness program named in memory of one of the race founders, Jeff Partridge; Hartford Hospital; Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, dedicated exclusively to the needs of children; Hartford’s Rising Stars, support for at-risk kids and adults; and Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Eastford, Connecticut, serving the needs of children with cancer.

National charity running programs have also targeted Greater Hartford: The famous Team in Training of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Team Diabetes, the Arthritis Foundation, and the United Way.

Charity runners are drawn by the tremendous support and super organization of this marathon. A partnership with many organizations helps charity runners and walkers design and post their own Website to chronicle and accept online contributions. Go to for details on your individual fundraising Website.

Special perks for charity runners include access to Charity Village, with separate baggage check, toilets, refreshments, raffles, prizes, and gifts. Raise money, run free, and get free stuff! Raise $250 and get a refund of your entry fee; raise $500, and the fee is refunded and you receive a $25 gift certificate; for $1,000 the certificate increases to $50. Please check the Website for all the details on charity running, your choice.

Charitable giving is integral to these events. The Hartford Marathon Foundation invites all participants to make this a part of their marathon experience.

Greater Hartford Region, the State
You can almost feel the sense of history in this region, the industriousness and cultural icons. The Wadsworth Atheneum (built in 1842, the first public art museum in the US, with artifacts spanning 5,000 years) is two blocks from the marathon finish. There are great restaurants and other museums within walking distance, and many more in nearby towns. River Front Walkway carries pedestrian traffic across the river, or to the M/V Mark Twain. The walkway and pedestrian bridge to Great River Park are immediately adjacent to the Marathon course. Mark Twain loved Hartford, where he lived, wrote, and raised his family. He created many of his classics just blocks from the marathon course. Harriet Beecher Stowe lived next door to the Mark Twain home. Both houses are open to the public.

There are hundreds of reasons to come to Greater Hartford and historic Connecticut, the state of many firsts. Hartford is home to the Museum of American Political Life, and the home of Noah Webster. The inspiring New England Air Museum is adjacent to Bradley International Airport, and the Submarine Museum is in nearby Groton, adjacent to the United States Coast Guard Academy. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum of Native American History is terrific, located adjacent to the world’s largest casino at Foxwoods near Norwich. The equally impressive Mohegan Sun Casino is also nearby.

Just a few miles northeast of Hartford is Storrs, home of the University of Connecticut Huskies. A little further northeast is the “Quiet Corner”, Connecticut’s northeast border, offering rolling hills and farms with fabulous foliage and colonial homes. Putnam is New England’s Antique Capital.

Connecticut has dozens of state parks, including Dinosaur State Park just south of Hartford. There are hundreds of miles of beautiful blazed hiking trails, including the famous Nipmuck and Natchaug Trails, which are gorgeous anytime and unbelievably stunning in the fall.

There are some great links at for area attractions.

Hartford is easy to get to. Bradley International Airport is a few miles north, and also serves nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, home of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Interstates 91 and 84 intersect within Hartford, making north-south and east-west transition very efficient, and I-95 traverses the state west to east. The Union Station for Amtrak is adjacent to Bushnell Park, and also houses several bus companies.

The Hartford Marathon Foundation
The Hartford Marathon Foundation, Inc. is a 501c (3) non-profit organization. They are the organizers of the United Technologies Hartford Marathon and associated events. They direct at least 19 other events throughout Connecticut, including: the O’Hartford 5K and Wee Run, the Red Nose Run for Kids (Ringling Brothers Clowns), the Glastonbury River Run (5K), the Race in the Park in New Britain (5K), a race to fight breast cancer, The Shamrock Duathlon in Glastonbury (5K run, 28M bike, 5K run), the Blue Onion 10K and 5K Run and Walk, the Ironhorse Half Marathon in Simsbury, the X-Treme Scramble (three 5Ks), the Red Dress Run for Women in West Hartford, the Capital City Dirt Triathlon, the Space Race 5K, East Granby, the Niantic Bay Triathlon, Niantic, the Litchfield Hill Triathlon, the Old Wethersfield 5K Run and Walk, and more.

They want your input, your feedback, and your story.

They are probably best known for the excellent training programs they put together for beginning runners and new marathoners. Phone (860) 652-8866, or e-mail

United Technologies Corporation
It is all made possible by United Technologies, a $43 billion diversified company based in Hartford. United Technologies Corporation is better known by its business groups: Sikorsky helicopters, Pratt & Whitney engines, Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace systems, UTC Power (which includes UTC Fuel Cells), Carrier air conditioning and heating, UTC Fire and Security, Otis elevators and escalators, and the UTC Research Center. United Technologies Corporation takes great pride in their commitment to social responsibility and community involvement. This marathon is a great example. United Technologies Corporation actively participates in the community, and has made it part of their corporate responsibility.

United Technologies Corporation was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, among the most environmentally sustainable global corporations.

United Technologies does business in 180 countries; they have 220,000 employees in over 4,000 locations. UTC ranks 20th in the USA in manufacturing, and 65th in the world in that category. It is the 39th largest corporation in the USA, and the 120th largest in the world.

Pratt & Whitney engines power nearly half of the world’s commercial aviation fleet; Otis is the largest elevator company in the world; Willis Carrier invented the air conditioner 100 years ago; UTC Power is working with several auto manufacturers with fuel cell technology; and Sikorsky helicopters are used throughout the world. A sign of success and commitment to the future: UTC spent $2.9 billion on research and development last year.

This is Your Event
The United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K are famous for unique features and attention to detail. Everything about these events is world class: Sponsorship, a spectacularly fast course, top flight organization by the Hartford Marathon Foundation, energetic volunteers, and wonderful athletes from around the world.

Participants will enjoy beautiful courses along New England’s largest river, with the incredible foliage splendor of Hartford, East Hartford, and South Windsor in autumn. With eight events in one, Hartford is your marathon.

Participation is easy and hassle free at Greater Hartford!

Runners are drawn to Hartford for the terrific race amenities, the cultural attractions, beautiful courses, choice of distances, energetic bands on both long courses, many, many quality awards, strong leadership, emphasis on charities, scrumptious food, and post race celebration. Hartford, and all Connecticut, provides a gold mine of cultural, historic, and athletic attractions and opportunities.

The United Technologies Greater Hartford Marathon is simply one of the best anywhere. The course is alive with natural beauty, history, technology, and wonderful architecture. Connecticut provides so many interesting sites and experiences—and Greater Hartford is in the middle of it all.



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