Have you even run a race sponsored by the Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF)? I have! I’ve run dozens in fact and my PR (personal record) is on their Old Wethersfield 5k course! They are a great organization and have expanded their programming to include Youth Running Races. What a great idea!

The HMF’s Youth Running Races will take place at least once a month from now through December. The races will be held in various towns in Connecticut, including Bloomfield, Cromwell, Hartford, Higganum, New Britain, West Hartford, and Wethersfield.

All HMF youth races are $10 and offer several distances (50 yds, ¼ mile, ½ mile, and one-mile) and are determined by the age of participating child. Kids may also register for an HMF 5K race at the same price of $10. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian to participate. All participants receive a cotton t-shirt and finisher’s medal. (Who doesn’t want a finisher’s metal?!)

Race Dates:

May 12th – CT Race in the Park Kids Fun Run, New Britain

June 3rd – Amica Iron Horse Kids Fun Run, Simsbury

June 9th – BlumShapiro 5k for Camp Courant Kids Fun Run, Cromwell

July 7th – Red Dress Run for Women Kids Fun Run, Hartford

August 28th – Old Wethersfield Kids Fun Run, Wethersfield

October 13th – ING Hartford Marathon Kids K, Hartford

October 28th – Pumpkin Run Kids Fun Run, Higganum

December 2nd – Blue Back Mitten Run Kids Fun Run, West Hartford

The HMF is also offering a Family Fit Training Program:

  • 6:30-7:30 P.M. Monday nights at Glastonbury High School Track. 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 $10 per child, $15 for 18+ or $25 per family

Finally, a running and fitness program the whole family can do together! This unique program incorporates exercises, walk/run track workouts and good old basic exercises. The coaches will teach good running form while building endurance and strength during each hour session. Adults can join in with the youth group or participate in walk or run workouts on the track. The youth will be grouped according to age in a fun and friendly environment. The program’s goal is to make this so fun that you will not realize how much exercise you’re getting! All abilities welcome!

More information is available here: http://www.hartfordmarathon.com/FitKids/FitKids/HMF_Youth_Running_Races.htm

(Note: we were not paid to tell you about this, we genuinely love the HMF and think this is a great program!)

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