Run for a Cause
Your Steps Can Help Others!
The ING Hartford Marathon is proud of the many generous athletes who run for a cause and use one of the Marathon events (marathon, half marathon, team relay or 5K) as a fundraiser. Please consider supporting one of our official charities or student running programs and encourage your family and friends to share your dedication to a cause greater than your own personal record.
The ING Hartford Marathon has partnered with many local and national charities and made it easy for you to “Join The Team” so that you and your family and friends can help others as you train and run the race of your choice.
Run or walk for Charity and see how your steps can help someone else reach their goal!
ING Hartford Marathon Charity Programs
The Official ING Hartford Marathon Charity Partnership Program
The ING Hartford Marathon "Official Charity" program is a select group of local and national charities who are dedicated to their missions and have partnered with the ING Hartford Marathon to support our event as they raise funds for their organizations. When you “Join The Team” for one or more of the charities, you can either make a one-time donation or choose to raise money for the charity by creating a team of your own.
ING Run For Something Better
The ING Run for Something Better Program is designed to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle in the fight against childhood obesity for elementary and middle school students. Students train together to complete a half marathon, covering 13.1 miles in 6 weeks. During the ING "Run For Something Better Day", the students run their last 1.1 "Final Mile", cross over the official Hartford Marathon Finish Line and receive a Finisher's Medal. Donations support Connecticut youth running programs.
Jeff’s Running Partners
Jeff's Running Partners pairs a group of students from local elementary and middle schools with their coach or other adult(s) to run the race as a relay team. The adults complete the full marathon as a relay team (each running a portion of the route) or as individuals running the full 26.2 miles. Each student runs one or more miles alongside their coach or other adult. The schools use the event as a fundraiser to support a charity of the team's choice.