Thousands of runners use HMF Events to raise funds for various charities and causes each year. Through these efforts, more than $8.9 million has been raised for charity through the Eversource Hartford Marathon alone since 1994.

All donations made to the Hartford Marathon Foundation are directed to support the HMF Susie Beris, MD Youth Running Program, which has increased offerings to help children of all ages develop a lifelong love of running.

As a non-profit organization itself, HMF is unable to make direct donations to other non-profits but does successfully serve as a catalyst for runners to raise funds for causes that matter to them. There are many ways to get involved as a group, individual fundraiser or race participant!


Rally a group of supporters together for your cause and use an HMF Event as the goal race for runners, walkers, fundraisers, volunteers and cheerleaders to come together. No need to manage race logistics, just work with the HMF registration manager on group registration and focus efforts on the fundraising! Contact for details.

  • Since 2015, Team Gilead has raised more than $202,000 through group participation in the Middletown 10K and 5K Run/Walk. In 2022 they brought a team of 500 walkers, runners, cheerleaders and volunteers to the event. Their team included clients, board members and community members. Check out how they create a campaign around their involvement to make a big impact. DETAILS…
  • Mystic Half Marathon and 10K has generated more than $161,000 to benefit the charitable works of the Mystic Rotary Club since the event began in 2015.


Participants are encouraged to run, walk, volunteer or fundraise for one of the official charities connected with the Eversource Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon, Team 26.2 Relay and Charity 5K. More Details

Participants can also create a team or join the effort for a cause they support. HMF wants to recognize your efforts. Share your fundraising results here.


Support a cause just by registering and showing up on race day! Additional fundraising events HMF produces for other organizations include:

MahoneySabol 5K at the Travelers Championship – Saturday, April 29, 2023

CT Race in the Park – Saturday, May 13, 2023

Zero Prostate 5K – Sunday, June 14, 2023

Johnson Brunetti 5K to Benefit Hartford’s Camp Courant – Thursday, June 8, 2023

Donny’s Dash to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hartford – Saturday, November 4, 2023

Norwich Winterfest 5K – Saturday, December 2, 2023


The HMF running community has shown time and again their willingness to rally around a worthy cause.

The 2020 “Move With Purpose” challenge at the virtual Eversource Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon, Hartford HealthCare 10K and Saint Francis Hospital 5K, raised more than $420,000 for local charities. Together with traditional fundraising activities of race participants, every penny of the $25 registration fee was donated through the HMF Gives initiative to support charities’ urgent needs.

2020 UConn Health Half Marathon, 10K & 5K – Between virtual race registration donations and participant fundraising efforts, more than $33,000 was raised for the UConn Health COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, which provides needed medical supplies and equipment for local healthcare professionals and staff supporting the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The 2020 virtual We Run CT Challenge raised $5700 to support MakerspaceCT. The donation was used to purchase materials to produce approximately 500 face shields for distribution to healthcare professionals in the Hartford region.

In response to the federal government shut-down that left local CT service members from the Coast Guard working without pay or furloughed, the Run for CT Coasties was created. In one long weekend in January 2019, the virtual 5K raised $8,070 for the Southeastern CT Chief Petty Officer’s Association to provide gas and grocery cards for service members.

More than 1,060 participated in the 2017 RunHartford for Houston virtual race, raising more than $30,000 for hurricane relief efforts. Just a month later, more than $4,300 was raised in the PRforPR campaign at the Eversource Hartford Marathon to provide support services for Puerto Rico.

In 2013 following the tragedy in nearby Newtown, CT, HMF produced the Sandy Hook Run for the Families, the single largest inaugural 5K in the US. Rallying support and donations from sponsors in the industry and across the region, HMF hosted 15,000 participants and the event raised $438,000 for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.