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logo_Surftown_Half_2013Hey there Jess. This is Rebecca Allen and I volunteered with my daughter Madison Mickey and brother Josh Allen for Surftown yesterday. I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say that we had the best time. I have been a participant of your races several times but never a volunteer. You always host a very organized event with hospitality and exceptional customer service as your primary focus.

I must say, we had the PERFECT spot. The three of us are a pretty enthusiastic group and we didn't stay quiet at all. I was lovin' on those runners as they rounded the corner and saw the hill. I totally got filled up by watching them hustle. I know it was serendipity that we got Plimpton St and will hope for the same spot next year.

Two other random thoughts: (1) We loved Joe. He was so helpful, shared information right when we needed it, and was really thoughtful and kind. (2) It was beyond awesome to have a woman round that corner and take the hill in 1st place. Katie Edwards kicked serious ass. To have my daughter witness that as well, was extra fabulous.

I am going to sign up to volunteer again soon. However, if you find yourself in a pickle and need volunteers please reach out.

Congrats on Surftown!

Cheers,
Rebecca

logo_WomensTriI want to thank you again for an empowering race. As always, a well delivered event! I was very lucky today to be at the finish line when the last woman, Talibah Domijan, crossed it. This overwhelming sense of accomplishment that she had when she finished was very emotional for me and many others in the crowd. She was crying and I think most of us at the line were also crying, sharing the joy we have for this sport. I can imagine that Talibah never dreamed that she would do a triathlon and finish, but that was not the case today. It was so emotional to see her cross the line, the crowd cheering and her friend taking pictures. Many of us, including myself, ran over to her to give her a big hug. She now is a triathlete! This is why I love this sport, camaraderie and being happy for those who reach their goal. I hope that Talibah continues on the triathlon journey and tells her friends about it. I hope to see her next year.

I just wanted to share this story with you. Maybe next year, Ken can tell everyone at the finish line (just like they do in Ironman), "you are a triathlete!" Thanks again!

Cathi

logo_coreysI did enjoy the event. I think that it’s a good fit for Manchester considering the history with the Thanksgiving road race and for Corey since he seems to give back to the town regularly which provides such a positive impact on the community.

My memorable story that day was talking with a first time volunteer that lives above Corey’s place. He seemed like a natural though with the traffic control. It wasn’t until I spoke with him after that event that he shared his past work history at XL type events with traffic and yet his current situation may be somewhat rough. That day was an up day though for him and that’s what it’s all about.

I’m avid volunteer when time allows but this it just my 2nd event for HMF. I’ve been volunteering at the Hole in the Wall Gang camp and volunteered on their behalf at the HMF event last October.

Kudos to you and your team with running such great events!!

Michelle (Volunteer)


logo_LitchfieldHillsTriathlonI came up from Pennsylvania to do the Litchfield Hills Triathlon. It was a lot of fun and a VERY well run event. If I lived in the area, I would become more involved with this wonderful organization.

Barry Johnston
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Just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with the changes made by the HMF to the RDR this year! Everything was so organized and professional... and Team CrazyLeggs LOVED the changes to the 5K course--and the bracelet bling!

All of the volunteers were awesome and extremely helpful, especially in the bag holding area, the food area and the laptop results area (great to have so many stations!). The volunteers along the route were also great. The portapotties were numerous and clean. The announcer's voice was clear and the pre-race music was motivating and not too loud.

I realize there have been a lot of changes for the HMF this past year and probably a bit stressful for you. That said, KUDOS to you and your team for putting on a wonderfully fun and well-run (pun intended!) event.

See you next year for sure :)

Dawn Love
Captain, Team CrazyLeggs
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My ten year old daughter, Abby, did her very first 5K and HMF event today.... what an experience! She was grinning the entire time and has been on cloud nine all day. She wore her t-shirt to the beach, and has it on again for her evening at the movies, has red ribbon in her hair, red earrings in her ears, and has each family member wearing a red "hero" bracelet. By the way, she's announced that her new favorite color is red:).

Thank you so much for such an inspiring experience. Abby's been running with my husband (who is training for his second Hartford Half) and this makes me confident that she will now be a life-long runner. She feels empowered as a young woman and as a kid.

I've done many HMF events (runs and tri's), and I've always thought you organize and execute events of the highest quality. After today, I am also feeling especially lucky that we have HMF here in our community to support and encourage healthy lifestyles and positive self esteem for everyone.

Sincerely,
Becky Azia

West Hartford


logo_HP_Middletown_HalfI want to thank you again for a wonderful day and event yesterday. Wow – it was perfect in every aspect. I wanted to send you some photos that I took of the food that was donated. In total we received 996 lbs! That wins the award for the most food donated when people are asked to bring food items to an event. By far!

I can’t thank you enough – it was really a pleasure working with you on this. You folks were so organized! What a great first year.

Let me know if there’s anything else I can do.

Ron
St. Vincent de Paul/Amazing Grace
2014 Race Charity Partner