October – December 2014
The 5K Pumpkin Run offers fun for the whole family with face painting, Halloween crafts, Kids Fun Run and a scenic course!
Get into the festive spirit and come out with your funkiest costume to be eligible for some great, fun prizes.
Don’t change out of your Halloween costumes just yet! Come dressed to be chased or be the chaser. Run this 5K as a human or as a Zombie. Human race starts at 10:00 a.m. Zombies start at 10:02 a.m. – hence The Zombie Chase.
This unusual race has elements unlike any other HMF event. We want to make sure you understand what to expect and perhaps, more importantly, what not to expect.
- You can expect a challenging 5K race course on both paved roads and dirt trails inside the beautiful MDC reservoir.
- You can expect the same efficient HMF operations management team at the event.
- You can expect water at one location on the course and water and Gatorade at the finish of the race.
- You can expect a lot of volunteer support – some as humans and some as Zombies.
- You can expect a good time!
- You should not expect a PR on the course – it is challenging!
- You should not expect mud, obstacles or crazy people pulling at you or pushing you. We will have none of that.
- You can expect to encounter zombies along the course. They will not touch you or try to stop you. Please treat them the same way.
- Don’t fight the Zombies. Instead, join the fight against Pancreatic Cancer with the Ron Foley Foundation.
Race benefits the Ron Foley Foundation, fighting Pancreatic Cancer.
The measured 5K course will run on well maintained park trails, starting and finishing in beautiful Riverside Park. This event is run to honor the men and women who serve our country.
Charity Partner who benefits from your direct donation
Give2TheTroops® is a 501 (c) 3, tax-exempt, non-profit organization that sends care packages and letters to our deployed and wounded military troops in combat and disaster relief zones. They’re non-political and support all branches of the service. Founded in December of 2002, by a U.S. Marine wife, the organization has grown into a nationwide nonprofit. Since 2002, G2TT has sent more than 180,000 large boxes (averaging 70 lbs. each) to approximately one million American military troops deployed in combat zones and disaster relief zones.
Race Day Collections: Gift Cards such as iTunes and Amazon.com and any card they can send home to loved ones as holiday or birthday or anniversary gifts. They have nothing they can buy overseas and send home.
The last Christmas/Hanukkah boxes will be sent the following week to the troops so any holiday decorations, candy, suitable nick-knacks, felt stockings, non-breakable ornaments, etc. would be great. No home baked food, glass or aerosol products.
Come check out this great new 5K, put on to benefit Reliance House, Inc. Additional race day activities will include a meet and greet with Amby Burfoot (1968 Boston Marathon winner and Runner’s World editor), kid friendly activities including face painting, a door prize drawing at the awards ceremony, and the annual Winterfest parade beginning at 1:00 pm. Showers are available for runners staying for the parade.
Open to walkers and runners at all fitness levels.
Current registered runners include former Central Connecticut State runner, Sam Alexander, and former UConn runner, Will Sanders.
The top overall female and male finishers will be awarded $200, 2nd place will receive $100, and 3rd place will obtain $50.
Charity Partner who benefits from your direct donation
Mental health diagnoses affect 1 in 4 or nearly 60 million Americans every year. More importantly, many individuals who are diagnosed CAN and DO RECOVER! Reliance House exists to provide support on the road of recovery by partnering with adults to advance their day to day life skills such as cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene, transportation and budgeting. Reliance House programs also help individuals find and preserve stable housing, advance their educational goals, gain career experience, develop social networks and maintain employment.
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Donations to Reliance House can be made through Network for Good or mailed to 40 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360.
For sponsorship information, please contact Stephanie Sobotka, Director of Development, 860-887-6536 ext. 289, email@example.com.
Reliance House, Inc. is a non-profit community mental health provider established in 1976, and has evolved from a single staffed drop-in center to an extensive network of care assisting adults in southeastern Connecticut with their overall wellness. They serve approximately 800 adults each year and employ over 200 individuals. The majority of their programs focus on partnering with adults to advance their day to day life skills such as cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene, transportation and budgeting. Reliance House programs also help individuals find and preserve stable housing, advance their educational goals, gain career experience, develop social networks and maintain employment. Funding comes from both state and private grants as well as individual donors. Agency accomplishments include over 20 years of consecutive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and being selected as a Top Workplace in 2011 and 2013 by The Hartford Courant and FoxCT.
Blue Back Mitten Run
A great start to the festive holiday season in West Hartford! Start, finish and post-race celebration in Blue Back Square. The Mitten Run benefits the West Hartford “Town That Cares” program. Please bring your donation of new mittens, gloves, scarves and hats for your less fortunate neighbor.