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