ING Hartford Marathon Foundation Promoting Elite Inspiration Team

Nominations accepted for inspiring runners to receive Elite treatment at 2011 ING Hartford Marathon


(April 25, 2011) – In an effort to recognize the many amazing
personal journeys that compel participants to run ING Hartford
Marathon events, the Hartford Marathon Foundation is creating
a new facet of its Elite runner program. This year, the Foundation
is accepting nominations of the most inspiring personalities
and personal stories – runners in the 5K, Half or Full Marathon
will be selected from nominations and will receive special VIP treatment as part of the Elite Inspiration Team.
Winners will be provided Elite level benefits including
complimentary hotel stay, Pasta Supper and marathon apparel.
Additionally, they will be profiled with their photos and
stories on the ING Hartford Marathon website and will also be
introduced on Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the start of the
marathon and highlighted on Jumbo-Tron in front of thousands of
runners and spectators.


Runners can nominate
themselves or others who they feel have a compelling and
inspirational story to share on the circumstances around their
participation in the 2011 ING Hartford Marathon. Profiles
can be submitted from any age or skill level but should highlight the
story behind the runner – whether overcoming personal hardship
or excelling against odds, taking inspiring leadership roles or
quietly making a positive impact on those around them.
Nomination forms are available at the “events” page for the ING
Hartford Marathon at Nominations are accepted April 15 through June 30. Winners will be notified in July.


“We are moved by the many
amazing accomplishments and stories of our runners and are
excited to highlight some of the incredible journeys that
compel them to run the ING Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon or
5K” said Beth Shluger, founder and Executive Director of the
Hartford Marathon Foundation. “The Elite Inspiration Team is a
natural extension of our mission to motivate people toward
healthy and active lifestyles and we welcome nominations to
share the inspiring personal missions of our runners.”


The new Elite Inspiration Team will run in conjunction with the ING Hartford Marathon’s New England’s Finest Elite Program, a partnership with New England Runner magazine that continues to focus efforts on recruiting and recognizing talented runners from the region.


The ING Hartford Marathon
has received national recognition for its commitment to
providing all runners with exceptional services, including
awarding-winning post-race food and extensive efforts to off-set
environmental impact of each runner. A repeat recipient of recognition
by the Road Runners Club of America, the Marathon earned State
Championship title status last year. This year, the ING
Hartford Half Marathon is the RRCA New England Regional
Championship race.


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 30 annual athletic events,
including the ING Hartford Marathon. For more information,

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