Hartford Offering New Divisions for Athletes With Disabilities

Hartford Marathon
Foundation Offers New Divisions for Athletes with Disabilities at the ING
Hartford Marathon

August 2013, Glastonbury, CT ‰ÛÓ The Hartford Marathon Foundation will
offer new divisions for Athletes with Disabilities at this year’s ING Hartford
Marathon and Half Marathon.  Athletes who
have physical challenges, visual impairments or use a wheelchair for mobility
purposes are encouraged to participate in the ING Hartford Marathon, Half
Marathon or 5K on October 12, 2013, and compete in male and female award
Athletes will use the same start and finish lines and course
routes but will have designated seeded areas and wheelchair accessible

The ING Hartford
Marathon will provide divisions and expanded services in addition to the
previously offered push rim wheelchair division through collaborative
partnerships with the
Hospital for Special Care, Achilles
International CT Chapter, Gaylord Hospital and the YMCA of Greater Hartford.  Athletes with disabilities will have better
opportunity and resources to join thousands of runners at the 20th running
celebration in October.

“We’re proud to open up the ING Hartford Marathon and Half
Marathon with resources to accommodate more athletes this year,” said Beth
Shluger, Executive Director of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. “Completing a
full or half marathon is a goal on the bucket list of many athletes and we’re
honored to work with our great partners to provide this experience for athletes
with disabilities.”

for Special Care will offer coaching expertise and serve as a resource for
athletes with respect to equipment needs. As an Official Charity Partner of the
ING Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon we are excited to be a part of one of
Connecticut’s premier sporting events to further our belief and commitment that
people living with disabilities should have every opportunity to pursue their
dreams,” said
Carl R. Ficks, Jr. Esq.
Director, Corporate & Donor
Relations at
Hospital for Special Care.

 “Members of Achilles International Connecticut
Chapter have participated in many of the Hartford Marathon Foundation events in
the past, but never the full marathon on a hand cycle or with specific
divisions until this year.  We’re excited to support a more inclusive
and streamlined program at the ING Hartford Marathon this year in collaboration
with the Hartford Marathon Foundation, the Greater Hartford YMCA, Gaylord
Hospital and the adaptive sports program at the Hospital for Special Care,” said
Erin Spaulding, President of the Achilles CT Chapter.

 “The YMCA of Greater Hartford has been an active participant
helping athletes with disabilities compete in sporting events by offering
training sessions, facilities and course support on race day,” said James Morton,
President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford. “Serving athletes with
disabilities, through our Adaptive Sports program, gives them the opportunity
to be part of the incredible local racing community as serious athletes in
their own competitive para-division group.”

Sports Association of Gaylord Hospital has developed a partnership with the
Hartford Marathon Foundation to support their initiative to welcome and
encourage athletes of all abilities to participate in the ING Hartford Marathon
events.  As a provider of adaptive sports and recreation programs and a
Paralympic Sport Club, The Sports Association encourages the development of new
opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate and compete in
adaptive sports. The Sports Association will be offering sponsorships to
our athletes who would like to compete in any of the ING Hartford Marathon
races,” said
Katie Joly,
M.S., CTRS, Sports Association Program Manager.

The YMCA of Greater Hartford has five full facility branches
where athletes with disabilities can train on their own, with a team or in
conjunction with the Hospital for Special Care to prepare for the ING Hartford

To volunteer, act
as a guide for an athlete with a disability on race day and to learn more about
the program, please visit the ING Hartford Marathon’s web site,
www.HartfordMarathon.com. For additional information about the program partners,
please visit www.GHYMCA.org,
www.hfsc.org, www.gaylord.org and www.achillesinternational.org.

 About the Hartford Marathon Foundation

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

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