solstice 5k

  On June 7, 2017, Ryan and I race directed the 11th annual Solstice Sprint 5K.  Traditionally the race took place on the third Wednesday of the month.  In 2017 we decided to move it for a few reasons: (1) to longer compete with a 5K in Ansonia; (2) to move away from conflicts with …
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Its just over two weeks until the first (annual) Retro Run 5K.  Despite the fact that I’ve been a race director for over ten years, starting a new race is always really hard.   When Ryan and I decided that we were going to raise $10,000 in memory of Owen we knew that we need to …
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quarter 5

Today (April 1, 2017) marked the eleventh running of the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon.  It was super cold and windy with a generous helping of rain, sleet and snow.  Of all the races I’ve directed (we’re now up to four a year), this one was the most challenging.  To start things off, Ivy woke up …
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2014 marked the ninth (ninth?!?!?!?!) year I’ve been race director of the Solstice Sprint 5K.  As with the previous 8 years (and with the 1/4 Marathon and the Hogsback Half Marathon) none of this would be possible without the help and support of friends, family and volunteers.  Most importantly, everything I do is really possible …
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For the 2014 Greater Hartford 1/4 Marathon, Solstice Sprint 5K and Hogsback Half Marathon we solicited applications for race ambassadors to help promote the races.  I was overwhelmed by the number and quality of applications and excited that this many people loved the races enough to want to represent them as ambassadors.  After much debate …
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I’ve spent the past 6 or 7 since weeks since Florida doing a whole lot of nothing but as 2014 gets closer and closer, I’ve started to think about (and plan) 2014. I’m not a person who plans tons and tons of races.  Races take a lot of physical and mental energy and racing too …
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2014 – Race Pricing & Ambassador Teams

October 15th, 2013 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

In a lot of ways race directing is a never ending process you’re either planning, preparing or analyzing.  Right now I’m at the border of analyzing the 2013 races and planning for 2014 and I have some exciting news about the 1/4 Marathon, Solstice Sprint 5K and Hogsback Half Marathon. Pricing & Registration First all …
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 I have been a race director for eight years.  My first race was the Solstice Sprint 5K in 2006.  In 2007 I added the Greater Hartford 1/4 Marathon and in 2012 I became race director of the Hogsback Half Marathon.  I am not a “typical” race director (if there is even any such thing).  I am …
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Solstice Sprint 5K

July 6th, 2013 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I race directed my first Solstice Sprint 5K (and my first race ever) on June 21, 2006. Seven years, 17 races, thousands of runners and over $50,000 in donations later, I helmed the 8th annual Solstice Sprint 5K on June 19, 2013.  It was a beautiful day for the race, temperature was in the low …
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Hartford Track Club – 50th Anniversary

August 14th, 2012 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

When I moved back to Connecticut from Georgia in August of 2005, I had begun to take running seriously, or at least seriously for me and I wanted to join an organization that would help me further my interest in the sport.  After some googling, I discovered the Hartford Track Club and sent an e-mail …
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