Hartford Marathon Foundation Hosts Running Champions at Inaugural Event
Bill Rodgers, Amby Burfoot and Donn Cabral
to headline the June 30th Legends Run
Glastonbury, CT ÛÓ The Hartford Marathon Foundation is excited to announce a
legendary line-up of running greats participating in the inaugural Legends Run
on Sunday, June 30, at Wesleyan University in Middletown. Runners are encouraged
to register for this brand new four-mile road race to join running greats Bill
Rodgers, Amby Burfoot and Donn Cabral, legendary athletes who have special
connections to the local running community.
Bill Rodgers is a former American record holder in the marathon
best known for his multiple victories in the Boston Marathon and the New York
City Marathon in the late 1970s. Rodgers was a member of the 1976 United States
Olympic Team and ran the marathon for the U.S.A. in Montreal. A Hartford
native, Rodgers currently operates a running center in Boston and has written
six books on the sport.
Amby Burfoot won the 1968 Boston Marathon during his senior
year at Wesleyan University, where he was teammates with Rodgers. After
retiring from competition, he became a running journalist and served as the
editor of Runner’s World magazine. He has
published multiple books on running and continues to contribute to Runner’s
Donn Cabral is an American cross country and track and field
athlete from Connecticut who went on to become a running star at Princeton
University. He is the current American collegiate steeplechase record holder
and was the 2012 NCAA steeplechase champion. He competed in the 2012 Summer
Olympic Games in the steeplechase.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be hosting Bill, Amby and Donn
in this inaugural event and to give our running community the opportunity to
run alongside these truly inspirational athletes,” said Beth Shluger, Executive
Director of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. “The Legends Run will celebrate
the sport and our Connecticut running rock stars with a great course through
the rolling hills of Middletown that Bill and Amby ran as Wesleyan students.”
“I remember racing cross country with my
Wesleyan teammates, and I’m looking forward to running with Amby Burfoot along
the roads we used to run!” said Bill Rodgers.
According to Amby
been nearly 50 years since I ran a race on the roads near Wesleyan that I covered
so often in the 1960s. I’m looking forward to reliving the old times and
celebrating the new.”
“I’ve been looking forward to this race since I
first heard of it! It’s an honor for me to be considered a Û¢legend’
alongside Amby and Bill and I can’t wait to line up with hundreds of
other runners from around the state,” said Donn Cabral.
The Hartford Marathon Foundation encourages all runners to
give back to their communities. The Legends Run will support the John Kelley
Memorial Fund, which was established to create a lasting tribute to Hall of
Fame runner and Connecticut resident John J. Kelley. His accomplishments and
humble demeanor inspired generations of runners.
For more information or to register for the Legends Run, please
visit www.HartfordMarathon.com or
visit us on Facebook at HMF Events.
About the Hartford
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 more
than 30 annual
athletic events, including the ING Hartford Marathon, and 25 training programs.
For more information, visit www.HartfordMarathon.com,
Facebook at HMF Events or on Twitter @runHMF.