by Valerie Schroth
Mar 19, 2013
10:49 AMTable Hopping
Response Huge to Sandy Hook Run
Organizers are expecting throngs at the Sandy Hook Run for the Families this Saturday, March 23, in Hartford. And that includes the throng of runners, which hit its capacity target of 15,000 early on. (Registration is now closed.)
“The overwhelming support this event has received from the public and from Danbury, Hartford and other communities in Connecticut and around the world has truly been monumental,” says Beth Shluger, founder of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. “It is an honor and privilege for us to produce the Sandy Hook Run for the Families.”
The Foundation is donating 100 percent of the registration fees directly to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
The race starts at 10:30 a.m. “rain, snow or shine,” but with so many runners, entrants should plan to arrive by 8:30 in order to pick up their shirts in timely fashion and be ready for the start. The race is preceded by a Kids’ Fun Run at 10, and there’s also a tribute to first responders.
“It’s not about running. It is about life: honoring the memory of precious lives lost through tragedy” and “uniting in hope for the future,” it says on the Hartford Marathon Foundation website. “This event will allow thousands the opportunity to show their support for the families of Sandy Hook, the first responders and the entire community of Newtown,” says Shluger.
Later, The Russian Lady, Tavern Downtown and Rocking Horse Saloon are teaming up to throw “the largest After Race Party downtown,” according to The Russian Lady’s website. They’ll be selling $5 commemorative mugs (all proceeds go to the support fund), that will get you discounted drink specials.
Sounds like a win/win event not to be missed.