Olympian, Trials Qualifiers Line Up As HMF, Hartbeat TC Bring Elite 5K to Hartford

Two-time steeplechase Olympian Donn Cabral, a native of Glastonbury, CT, will join a host of regional elite runners (30 men & 30 women) to compete at the New England’s Finest Throwdown 5K road race Saturday, Sept. 26 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.


Olympian Donn Cabral winning the 40th anniversary Cow Harbor 10K in Northport, NY in 2017. Photo courtesy of Cow Harbor 10K.


The race was put together by the Hartford Marathon Foundation, as a kickoff activity before the virtual Eversource Hartford Marathon. The Hartbeat Track Club of Hartford was also prominent in the planning.


The women’s race will be at 8:30 a.m., followed by the men at 9 a.m. The course will be five loops of 1,000 meters around the parking lots at Rentschler Field.


For many who have continued training with few outlets, the consensus is that it will be great to get off the track to race on the road.


A few of the notables:


Annmarie Tuxbury, photo by Steve McLaughlin


Annmarie Tuxbury of New Hartford – Annmarie was New England Runner magazine’s pick as Runner of the Year in 2018 and 2019. Last year she won the Hartford Half Marathon in 1:14:18 and then placed 35th at the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon in Atlanta with a PR 2:39:05.


Donn Cabral – the Glastonbury native is a two-time Olympic finalist in the steeplechase and won the 2019 Hartford Half Marathon in 1:05:37.


Louis Serafini – Among numerous titles in 2019, the Tracksmith Hare ace was tops at the three distances he contested in the USATF-NE GP Championship circuit: 8K, 10K and 10M.


Rachel Shilkowsky – Olympic Trials qualifier and women’s winner of the 2018 Hartford Marathon.


Sydney Masciarelli wins 2018 Footlocker Cross Country Nationals. Photo: Andrew McClanahan@PhotoRun

Sydney Masciarelli – Bound for UNC, the Northbridge, MA resident and senior at Mariannapolis Prep (CT) won the Foot Locker XC Champions as a sophomore. A three-time nat’l champion, she’s also a standout basketball player.


Olympic marathon trials qualifiers Sean O’Connor and Everett Hackett—both of West Hartford and the Hartbeat TC—are also on board along with Grant O’Connor, the 2018 D3 track Athlete of the Year while at RPI.


Following the 5K, HMF will stage a free 2.6mi event for upwards of 500 people gearing for the virtual edition of this year’s marathon.

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