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Nominations accepted for 2012 Elite Inspiration Team at ING Hartford Marathon

GLASTONBURY, Connecticut – The Hartford Marathon Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2nd Annual Elite Inspiration Team. The Team was created to recognize the many amazing personal journeys and experiences that compel runners to take part in ING Hartford Marathon events. The Foundation is accepting nominations for truly inspiring personalities and compelling personal stories from runners participating in the 5K, half marathon or marathon. Winners will be provided with Elite level benefits including complimentary hotel stay, Pasta Supper and marathon apparel. The ING Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K will run on Saturday, October 13, 2012, in Bushnell Park, Hartford.

Nominations will be accepted based on personal achievements, positive leadership roles within the community, and a dedication to living healthy lifestyles. Runners can nominate themselves or others who they feel have a compelling inspirational story to share surrounding their participation in the 2012 ING Hartford Marathon. Profiles can be submitted from any age or skill level, but should highlight the story behind the runner. Nomination forms are available on the ‘events’ page for the ING Hartford Marathon at Nominations are being accepted from April 23-June 30. Winners will be notified in July.

Last year, the inaugural Elite Inspiration Team comprised of 11 members representing various backgrounds, locations, and experiences.  The team members’ personal journeys and accomplishments were nothing short of inspiring: from dramatic weight loss accomplishments and overcoming health challenges, to training aboard the USS Hartford out at sea.

“We had an incredible group in our Elite Inspiration Team last year and we’re privileged to welcome new nominees and learn more about the amazing individuals that take part in ING Hartford Marathon activities,” said Beth Shluger, Executive Director of the Hartford Marathon Foundation.

The ING Hartford Marathon has received national recognition for its commitment to providing all runners with exceptional services, including award-winning post-race food and extensive efforts to offset the environmental impact of the event. A repeat recipient of recognition by the Road Runners Club of America, the Marathon has earned State Championship and Regional Championship status.

About the Hartford Marathon Foundation

Founded in 1994, the Hartford Marathon Foundation was created to bring large-scale athletic events to the city of Hartford and state of Connecticut. Now in its 19th year, the Foundation organizes over 50 runs, triathlons and training programs for adults and children.  Annually, over 43,000 athletes and 60,000 spectators participate in Foundation events.  HMF has been awarded numerous accolades for their eco-friendly initiatives and commitment to organizing programs that promote health, fitness and enjoyment for all participants. For more information, please visit

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