Through the tremendous generosity of Dr. Susan Beris, a Southbury pediatrician, HMF is greatly expanding its platform of youth running programs in 2022 under the umbrella of the Susie Beris, MD Youth Running Program.

As part of that, the HMF FitKids In School running program is a free five-week program designed for students throughout Connecticut grades 4-8 to learn how to incorporate running and fitness into their everyday activities and encourage a healthy lifestyle. The Hartford Marathon Foundation provides schools with training materials so that students can log their miles each day to accumulate enough mileage to complete the distance of a Half Marathon or Full Marathon over the course of the five-week program.

All students that participate in the programs will come together to run their “FINAL MILE” on Medal Day at Rentschler Field on October 25, 2022. In 2019, nearly 1,500 students participated in Medal Day!

At no cost to schools, HMF will provide training materials, t-shirts for students and coaches attending Medal Day, finisher medals, snacks and activities to take part in at the World Fitness Expo on Medal Day to engage students. Please note, HMF is not able to cover bus fees.


School must confirm by Friday, September 9th if interested in attending this year. Please email Christy Miller at, FitKids program director, with the approximate number of students and to obtain the Teachers Training Manual and Student Running Logs.