Thousands of runners use HMF Events to raise funds for various charities and causes each year. Through these efforts, more than $7.5 million has been raised for charity through the Eversource Hartford Marathon alone since 1994.

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!

  • 2018 Harvard Pilgrim 10 Mile & Legends 3.5 – Team Gilead raised $34,000 and had a team of 350 participating in race day in various capacities. 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 $100,000 to benefit the charitable works of the Mystic Rotary Club since the event began in 2015.
  • Amherst Half Marathon generated more than $5,000 for the Amherst Survival Center since it began last year.


Participants looking to support a cause important to them or to join an effort supporting an official charity connected with the Hartford Marathon Foundation may do so via CrowdRise, a secure online fundraising platform. Race options include:


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

2021 Fundraising Event List coming soon!


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.