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  Registration for the 2018 race series (The Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon, Retro Run 5K, Solstice Sprint 5K and Hogsback Half Marathon) open on November 1, 2017 at 12:01 a.m.  We’re trying a few new things this year.  Here’s what you need to know: 1.  Early Bird Registration.  The most inexpensive way to register is …
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Another Hogsback Half Marathon in the books. This is my 12th year of race directing and its never been easy.  Recently I feel like race directing is getting harder — I don’t know if its rising expenses, more demanding athletes or the fact that I’m just getting older.  Probably its a little bit of all …
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This past Saturday was the Hogsback Half Marathon.  It was my fourth year as race director and in my eleven (holy crap, eleven) years of race directing, it was by far the hardest race I’ve ever directed.  When we found out we were pregnant back in December, we knew that Ivy’s arrival would be close …
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September of 2015 was probably the most difficult month I ever lived through.  Sitting here on the other side in October, it is still difficult to write and share and not be overwhelmed by emotion.  The funny thing is no matter what happens in your life, everything around you keeps moving.  Life stops for no …
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I do lots of things with various degrees of professionalism.  I am an attorney, I coach, I write about pro triathlon, I rant about pro triathlon, I obsess about pro triathlon and three times a year I get to race direct.  I’m lucky enough to direct the Greater Hartford 1/4 Marathon in April, the Solstice …
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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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Hogsback Half Marathon – Race Director’s Report

September 29th, 2013 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Race start I have very specific ideas about how races should be organized and managed (I have very specific ideas about lots of things, so it should come as no surprise that this extends to race directing).  When I directed my first race in 2006, I wanted to put on a race that catered to …
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Two Things That Make Me Happy Right Now

September 24th, 2013 | Posted by Kelly Burns Gallagher in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

Its been a tough couple of days.  Its the last week of the fiscal year at work, which is incredibly stressful.  It also happens to be the week of the Hogsback Half Marathon.  So both of my “jobs” are demanding quite a bit of time, energy and effort.  I’m also having a lot of body …
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