New Half Marathon Slated for Middletown, CT 04-06

Hartford Marathon Foundation Partners with Harvard
Pilgrim Health Care
Bringing New Half Marathon Event to Middletown


March 3, 2014,
Glastonbury, CT
‰ÛÒ Through an exciting new partnership with Harvard Pilgrim
Health Care, the Hartford Marathon Foundation is adding a half marathon to the
spring race roster in Connecticut. The April 6th Harvard Pilgrim
Middletown Half Marathon will be the first-ever in the city of Middletown and
will run in conjunction with the Legends 4-mile race, featuring local running
greats Amby Burfoot and Bill Rodgers.


The half marathon course will run through beautiful Wesleyan
University, out to Wadsworth Falls State Park and then finish on historic Main
Street in Middletown.  With an extended
four-hour course limit, the event encourages fast-paced walkers to participate.
 A true Middletown community event, local
businesses including NoRA Cupcake Company, Eli Cannon‰Ûªs Tap Room and Mondo wood
fired pizza will support a festive local flavor to the post-race celebration.  Community partner Middlesex Hospital will
provide medical support on race day and the Amazing Grace Food Pantry, which
serves 1,000 families a month, will be the official race beneficiary. Runners
are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods including canned soups, boxed
macaroni & cheese, tuna fish and peanut butter.


 ‰ÛÏThe popularity of
half marathons is incredible, it‰Ûªs the fastest growing race distance offering in
the country.  A beautiful 13.1 mile course
coupled with the shorter distance Legend‰Ûªs 4-Mile – this race has a lot to
offer runners across New England seeking new challenges,‰Û said Beth Shluger,
Executive Director of the Hartford Marathon Foundation.  ‰ÛÏWith the support of Harvard Pilgrim Health
Care and so many top-notch community partners, we are so excited about this new
event and hope to be creating an annual tradition in Middletown.‰Û


‰ÛÏAs a health plan committed to the wellness of all Connecticut
residents, we are delighted to sponsor the Middletown Half Marathon,‰Û said Eric
H. Schultz, President and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  ‰ÛÏThis race,
with its recognition of legendary runners, is a perfect way to kick off our
entry as a new health insurer in Connecticut. When it comes to encouraging
people to be active and healthy in the spirit of these runners, ‰Û÷Count us in‰Ûª!‰Û


More information about the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half
and Legends 4-Mile can be found at, on Facebook at HMF
Events or via Twitter at @RunHMF.


 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.


About Harvard Pilgrim
Health Care

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is a not-for-profit health plan
serving more than one million members in New England. Founded in 1969, the
health plan has built its reputation on pragmatic innovation with a goal of
lowering costs, improving care and enhancing the overall member experience.
Harvard Pilgrim is known for its excellent clinical programs, customer service,
health improvement strategies and innovative tools that offer consumers greater
transparency and empower them to make better decisions about their health care.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care includes Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of Connecticut
and HPHC Insurance Company.


Harvard Pilgrim is the #1 private health plan in America
again according to an annual ranking of the nation‰Ûªs best health plans by the
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Harvard Pilgrim is the only
private health plan in the nation to be named #1 for member satisfaction and
quality of care for ten consecutive years.*

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