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Hartford Marathon Foundation Creates the Triple Half Challenge to Offer Exclusive Perks for Three Destination Races

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Posted Thursday, 29 January, 2015

January 29, Glastonbury, CT – On the heels of announcing the new Mystic Half Marathon and 10K, the Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) unveiled the new Triple Half Challenge program to bring runners to three destination races in the state of Connecticut. In addition to the Mystic Half Marathon on May 31, Challenge events include the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon on April 12 and the NU Hartford Marathon on October 10. Participants who register for the Triple Half Challenge will earn an exclusive jacket, finisher’s medal and can get discounted entry to the three events. Registration for the program is available through any one of the participating events’ registration pages on

“The addition of the Mystic event creates the perfect race trifecta to provide Triple Half Challenge participants the best in a very wide variety of race course experiences,” said Beth Shluger, CEO/Executive Director and Founder of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. “We are excited to give our runners incentive and perks to keep running and fit through the year.”

After a successful inaugural event last year, the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon again begins and ends in the heart of the city. The course takes runners through the Wesleyan University community and its beautiful rolling hills out to Wadsworth Falls State Park before turning back onto Main Street.

The new Mystic Half Marathon, which benefits the charitable works of the Rotary Club of Mystic, begins and ends in quaint Olde Mistick Village. Runners will enjoy the serene waterfront of Mystic Seaport and the historic community before heading out through classic New England country roads. New training programs have been added to the Foundation’s offerings to cater to runners in southeast and central Connecticut. A Groton-based training group begins Saturday, March 21st, with discounts available for local residents. The Glastonbury-based group will kick off training on Saturday, March 7th. For more details and to register, visit

The Triple Half Challenge will wrap up with the Foundation’s signature annual event at the NU Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon. Kicking off in front of the steps of the Capitol in Hartford, half marathoners will travel through the city and out to West Hartford through Elizabeth Park and past historic buildings before heading back downtown and through the iconic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch at the finish line.

For more information about the HMF Triple Half Challenge or eligible events, please visit

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 Hartford Marathon, and 25 training programs. For more information, visit and on Facebook at HMF Events.



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