The Greater Hartford 1/4 Marathon, isn’t a race I ran, its a race I direct. For the past five year, I have planned, organized and managed a 6.55 mile road race in West Hartford, Connecticut. Over the past 5 years the race has raised over $20,000 for the Blazeman Foundation. Once again, the race in 2011 was a huge success. We sold out at our 500 runner capacity in early March and had a fantastic race day. It looks like we raised approximately $5,000 dollars for our friends at the Blazeman Foundation.

Here are a few pictures from the day:

Signs to be set up pointing to the race start. We use about 35 different signs for the race including parking, registration, start, finish, mile markers and staging signs.

Jen Murphy (John Blais’ sister) and I talking before the race. Jen has come out to support us and speak about the Blazeman Foundation every year. It was really cold race morning so I was wearing my winter coat. I cannot wait for summer.

The race start. We had 500 registered runners and we also serve as a USATF/CT State Championship race. USATF runners are eligible for a $2,000 prize purse.

Jeff-y at the half way point (with Emily cheering him on). Run Jeff-y Run (he eventually came it at around 55 minutes or so). My guess is his time would have been slower if not for the concern that all the cookies and cupcakes would be gone if he didn’t push it. You can also see our fancy Bib Tag timing mats. Huge improvement from previous years, I don’t how I ever lived without bib tag timing.

The winners of the women’s 30-34 age group with their lovely 1/4 Marathon Fleece Blankets. I really like the blankets, I just wish the embroidery was clearer. I guess I can’t have everything.

Runners getting ready pre-race. This has to be once of my favorite pictures.

All in all I was really happy with this year’s race. The shuttle buses went off flawlessly, the timing was spot on, the weather co-operated, we had no medical issues, there was plenty of food for everyone, the kiddos enjoyed the egg hunt and we turned a nice profit for the Blazeman Foundation. A good day.

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Kelly Burns Gallagher

mccarter english employment litigator / oiselle team runner / coeur sports triathlete / sonic endurance coach & race director / writer / dartmouth '02 / emorylaw '05

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