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Hartford Marathon Foundation Announces Ambassador Team

Hartford Marathon Foundation Unveils Team HMF 2015

 

February 13, 2015, Glastonbury, CT ‰ÛÒ
The Hartford Marathon Foundation is pleased to announce the final
selection of members for Team HMF in 2015.  This group of 17 women and
12 men represents 
runners
from diverse backgrounds and age groups. They come from throughout the
southern New England area and represent a wide range of
experiences.  From coaches and personal trainers to youth running
supporters and educators, their paths are different but their passion is
shared. Whether life-long or novice athletes, the members of Team HMF
are excited to inspire and encourage. Many have been motivated by
personal challenges to live healthier, be stronger and help others.

 

In
the second year of the Team HMF application process, nearly 100 runners
vied for a spot, many with extensive race experiences, a high level of
social media and networking activity, as well as involvement in their
communities or with fitness organizations. Members will help inspire
peers and their communities 
as ambassadors of HMF’s mission to promote health, fitness and enjoyment for participants of all ages and experience levels.  Members
will be seen throughout the region racing in Team HMF uniforms,
participating in awareness initiatives and sharing perspective on
Hartford Marathon Foundation events through their personal experiences.

 

Team HMF 2015:



Sarah Bourdeau, Milford, CT 

Marc Cerrone, Pomfret Center, CT

Matt Cieslowski, Manchester, CT 

Stacey Clark, East Berlin, CT

John Coppola, Middletown, CT

Nichole Donzella, Windsor, CT

Stephanie Gagliardi, Middletown, CT 

Susan Hayes, Newington, CT

Stacey Head, Rocky Hill, CT

Scott Hollister, Glastonbury, CT

Dani Kennedy, Bolton, CT

Wendy Ku, Farmington, CT

Heather Labbe, South Windsor, CT

Tony Labriola, Southbury, CT

Adam Lippencott, Hartford, CT

Marty Maldonado, Unionville, CT

Kimberly Markey, Kensington, CT

Lanham Marks-Hamilton, Glastonbury, CT

Elizabeth Mashiak, Middletown, CT

Kristina Miner, Newington, CT

Katie Ouellette, New Britain, CT

Diane Perry, Bloomfield, CT 

Eric Pouliot, Sturbridge, MA

Elanna Rubenstein, Bristol, CT 

Susan Rubenstein, Simsbury, CT

Dwayne Taylor, Windsor, CT

Christopher M. Trotta, Longmeadow, MA

Kevin Vallez, Ellington, CT 

Jesse Wanzer, Glastonbury, CT

HMF FitKids Ambassador: Kari Craddock, Trumbull, CT

‰ÛÏWe
are truly excited to have such a well-rounded, diverse and inspiring
team of athletes to represent the Hartford Marathon Foundation at race
events and in communities across the area this year,‰Û said Beth Shluger,
CEO and Executive Director of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. ‰ÛÏThe
incredible response we received to the call for Team HMF submissions is a
testament to the local running community‰Ûªs passion and
enthusiasm.  With so many deserving candidates, we only wish we could
expand the team further.‰Û

 

New
to the team this year is the Team HMF FitKids Ambassador position. The
Ambassador will serve as the face of HMF FitKids, a program that allows
children aged 2-11 to compete in age-appropriate race distances and earn
their own medals at multiple HMF events.  The program also includes HMF
FitKids in School, a five-week school-based initiative in which
students run together 
to
accumulate 12 miles or 25 miles. In early October, they come together
with students around Connecticut for the culminating ‰ÛÏFinal Mile Event‰Û
to complete their marathon or half marathon distance.

 

Team
members will train and race in Team HMF apparel, post updates and
photos through social media channels, participate in race-day
initiatives and other group activities and compete in races throughout
the region. 

 

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 
www.HartfordMarathon.com , follow us at Facebook.com/HMFevents or on Twitter @runHMF    

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