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Aiello Inspiration Team at NU Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon Unveiled
10-member team to be recognized for positive impact and inspiring others at October 11 event

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Posted Friday, 15 August, 2014

Glastonbury, CT – The Hartford Marathon Foundation is pleased to announce the final selection of the 2014 NU Hartford Marathon Aiello Inspiration Team, mirroring the focus on children, charity, community and health for the event’s 21st running. These ten inspiring athletes share a commitment to charity and community involvement, and the well being of themselves and those around them. Nominations were submitted for those who made positive contributions to their communities and serve as an inspiration to many.

The NU Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K events will take place on Saturday, October 11, 2014 in Bushnell Park, Hartford. Members of the Aiello Inspiration Team will receive special VIP treatment, including VIP tickets to the Pasta Supper at The Hartford Club, a special Aiello Team Jacket and VIP access on race morning. Additionally, the team will be profiled in New England Runner magazine and the NU Hartford Marathon Insider’s Guide.

More on the team is available at

Linda Ambard – Hanscom Air Force Base, MA
Military widow, mother of 5 and author completing quest to run a marathon in all 50 states

Michelle Currier – Manchester, CT
Special education teacher at Macdonough School; volunteer with Achilles International

Erin Henderson – Afton, WY
Mother of 12 adopted and biological children; training for Olympic Marathon Trials

Lillie Johnson – Manchester, CT
Teacher of the Year at Wilcox Technical High School, mother of 4

Mike McCabe – Westfield, MA
Police Captain; board member of Boys and Girls Club of Westfield; volunteer coach

Kelly Pabilonia – Tolland, CT
Social worker for trauma area of emergency department at Hartford Hospital

Joseph Pietrzak – Dudley, MA
Prostate Cancer survivor; youth sports coach; Chairman, Adam J. Dowell Scholarship Fund

Carlos Quiles – Meriden, CT
Accomplished Paralympic athlete; Mentorship Program Coordinator at Hospital for Special Care

Molly Sweeney – Hebron, CT
19-year-old Assumption College overcoming multiple physical challenges to continue running

David Zagaja – Wethersfield, CT
Donated Kidney to Brother-in-Law less than a year ago

The Hartford Marathon Foundation is joined by Aiello Home Services, sponsor of the team, in the effort to recognize individuals whose determination and perseverance serve as an inspiration and motivation for others.

“It is amazing to see, year after year, how many truly incredible athletes participate with us. We created the Aiello Inspiration Team to help draw some well-deserved recognition for their stories and honor them for their efforts,” said Beth Shluger, Executive Director of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. “Together with Northeast Utilities and Aiello Home Services, we want to show appreciation for the inspiring people that contribute so positively to the people and communities around us.”

“We salute these fine individuals for the many different ways that they are inspiring others and doing good in their communities. We are proud to sponsor the team again this year and help bring positive attention and some special recognition for them,” said Michael Jezouit, President of Aiello Home Services.

More information on the NU Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon can be found at, on and on Twitter @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 nearly 42 annual athletic events, including the NU Hartford Marathon, and 25 training programs. For more information, visit

About Aiello Home Services
Aiello Home Services has served the heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical, fuel oil, wells and water needs of Connecticut homeowners for more than 80 years. Staffed with more than 50 trained technicians, Aiello provided services to more than 15,000 customers last year. In 2013, Aiello Home Services became a CL&P-authorized home energy analysis provider, further expanding the services Aiello offers.



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