2019 Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Delivers $14.1 Million in Regional Economic Value
Hartford Marathon Foundation also supports community and charity efforts
JANUARY 13, 2020, Glastonbury –The Hartford Marathon Foundation’s 2019 Eversource Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, Team 26.2 Relay and Charity 5K brought an estimated $14.1 million of economic value to the area in October. In addition, the Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) spent approximately $2 million in the local community for operations, supplies, safety and security, professional staff and other resources necessary to stage the event. 72,000 spectators, participants and volunteers came to the area to enjoy race festivities, Hartford lodging and local shopping and dining through the weekend.
The 26th running of the race in 2019 also generated at least $250,000 for charity (awaiting additional charities to report totals). Since its inception in 1994, approximately $7.8 million has been raised for charity through the annual flagship event alone.
The 2020 Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon will be run on October 10. Registration opens on January 9 at special pricing through January 15 for all race distances: 26.2 mile marathon, 13.1 mile half marathon, 2-5 person marathon relay and 3.1 mile Charity 5K.
“We are proud to host tens of thousands of runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators each October to enjoy the best of what the capitol region has to offer,” said Beth Shluger, CEO of the Hartford Marathon Foundation and Race Director of the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon. “The marathon is a special event for our state, truly unique in its ability to inspire people with countless stories of accomplishment and positive examples of determination.”
In addition to the widely known celebration in Hartford, HMF produces 30+ race events annually, from running festivals with multiple distance races, to triathlons, 5Ks for charity and a 3-state endurance relay race. To encourage the community to reach further with their running goals, the HMF Samuel Adams Challenge series offers multiple race packages with extra swag and perks. Registration for challenges is open now, with many events on the 2020 calendar opening for registration on January 9 at www.hartfordmarathon.com.
While HMF is a non-profit organization itself, many events produced through the year contribute to other organizations’ community fundraising goals or initiatives. Learn more about how to get involved with charity events or use an HMF event to create a fundraising effort at www.hartfordmarathon.com/run-for-good
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 more than 30 annual athletic races, including the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon, and training programs for young runners. For more information, visit www.HartfordMarathon.com and follow on Facebook at HMF Events, Twitter at @runHMF and Instagram at HMF_Events.