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September 2014 – February 2015

2014 Open Water Swim Clinic with Jeff Stuart @ Lake Terramuggus
Sep 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Are you nervous about swimming in the open water? Does the crowded start of a triathlon freak you out? Do you want to improve your overall swim time and endurance in triathlons? Learn the simple yet powerful body mechanics of efficient swimming with Coach Jeff Stuart.

Read more about Jeff and details about the clinic hereJeff Stuart teaches the open water swim clinic at Lake Terramuggus.

Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k @ Bushnell Park
Oct 11 @ 8:00 am
Pumpkin Run 5k and Kids’ Fun Run @ Higganum Town Green
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm

The 5K Pumpkin Run offers fun for the whole family with face painting, Halloween crafts, Kids Fun Run and a scenic course!

Costume contest!

Get into the festive spirit and come out with your funkiest costume to be eligible for some great, fun prizes.

Race Beneficiary

The race benefits the Youth & Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc., a non-profit agency providing counseling, youth programs, and community education in substance abuse and parenting skills.

For information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please click here.

The Zombie Chase @ MDC Reservoir
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am

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 Beneficiary

Race benefits the Ron Foley Foundation, fighting Pancreatic Cancer.

Freedom Run 5k @ Riverside Park
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am

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.

Norwich Winterfest 5k @ Norwich Free Academy
Nov 29 @ 10:30 am

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.

For more information on Reliance House, please follow us on Facebook.

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, ssobotka@reliancehouse.org.

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.

HMF Blue Back Mitten Run @ Blue Back Square
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am

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.

Injury recovery, rehab, and prevention – Free Clinic and Program Intro @ Therapeutic Body Works
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Therapeutic Body Works and ProHealth Physicians of Farmington

Dr. Dauphinais will be helping to kick off a program with Stacy Provencher (now doing ART) and Lisa Hughes @ Therapeutic Body works. He’ll be talking at the first workshop which will be a free workshop to help introduce the upcoming program  and review some primary concepts of injury recovery, rehab and prevention.  Workshop program kick-off Thursday, December 11th at 7pm. This evening the free workshop. Then for those who sign up, the 10 week classes start January 8th and continue until March 12th on Thursdays from 6:45-7:45 PM.

Topics Include:
Overuse injuries – how and why they occur in endurance athletes, basics of rehab / prevention
Explanation and demonstration of FMS (Functional Movement Systems)
30 min class including soft tissue release, dynamic stretching, core, and strengthening Educational topics addressed through weekly classes
Chronic injuries, why do they keep coming back? How can I prevent them?
Building the appropriate strength to be able to handle the training volume in the upcoming season
The posterior chain, what is it and why is it important to the triathlete
Importance of soft tissue mobilization
Stretching / strengthening opposing muscle groups

Dr. D.’s part will be covering the same type of information that I’d cover in a consult session that would bill out over $250 through insurance, so pretty sweet opportunity for members. Stacy and Lisa will be bringing out that advice and information in a practical application over the upcoming program that they’ll discount for HEAT members.

The 10 week class pricing structure starts in January.  If you sign up that eve it’s $125 for HEAT members and $180 for non members – for the 10 week Thurs night class meetings – Jan 8th thru March 12th 6:45-7:45pm.

Please RSVP to — therpbodyworks@gmail.com

HEAT Holiday Party 2014 @ Golf Club of Avon
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Come for the food, awards, camaraderie and to see club members in “real”clothes. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, along with a cash bar. We hope to see you there!

Please RSVP to Tony (president@ctheat.org) before December 5th. Even if you RSVPed on Facebook, please send Tony an email so we have an accurate count.

Please try to limit any guests you bring to your spouse or significant other. Please make sure your club membership dues are current and paid.

Colchester Half Marathon @ Bacon Academy High School
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am

Race Info

• 10:00 a.m. sharp start time – Saturday February 28, 2015 • USATF Certified course (CT112001JHP) certified 13.10938 hilly miles • Volunteers on every corner • No t-shirts • Lots of hills • No Awards • Pre-race & post race massages • Bacon Academy cafeteria post race hearty carbo re-load party, open to runners, volunteers, and their guests • Mile marks painted on the road • Dirt roads • Bacon Academy High School for a warm & sheltered area to register, pick up your race bib, stretch, and to shower after the race • Cows • Professional computerized chip timing and results • Rural scenery • Three Gatorade & water stations out on the course • More hills • Camaraderie, tales of woe, and a great bunch of runners • An Awesome bunch of volunteers • A loud and encouraging race director • Sweep car – just in case someone needs a ride back, but if you hitch a ride you’ll be the last one back!

Do you want to join the fun but you’re not a big runner? Volunteer!! There is plenty to do, great folks to meet & plenty of fun to be had. Join everyone at the post race party & don’t go home hungry!

My offer to all runners – think the entry fee is too high, send me what you want! If you don’t have at least $14.00 worth of fun, or consume $14 worth of food & drink, or don’t get at least $14 worth of endorphins, we are even. But if you have a great time, be sure to put some more cash into the donation containers at the High School or the post race party in the high school cafeteria.

Broke? Can’t afford the gas & the entry fee? Come out and run it for free and come on over to the post race party too, just be sure and try to make it back when you can afford to pay! We don’t want to turn anyone away from a course this tough!

No profit is made from this race and volunteers are not compensated in any way (so be sure to tell them you appreciate them) but we always hope to break even. This race is for and about all the runners who have supported so many good causes at so many other road races with their ever increasing entry fees. All Colchester Half marathon entry fees are spent on the race and the post race party, so enjoy!

I look forward to seeing you at the starting line and later at the post race carbo re-load party!

Oh and spread the word! Thanks!

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