NEW BRITAIN - About 100 runners will represent the Hospital for Special Care in the 25th annual Eversource Hartford Marathon, which starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Bushnell Park in Hartford.
Team Special Care includes former patients of the hospital, adapted-sports athletes, hospital volunteers, staff members and board members.
HSC has been participating in the marathon for five years.
According to Elizabeth Cowles, spokeswoman for the Hartford Marathon Foundation, one of HSC participants in the marathon is being honored as part of the Aiello Inspiration Team at this year’s race.
Laura Roix, of Manchester, was diagnosed with a rare lung disease in 2013. She started an exercise program even though doctors had told her she had a life expectancy of only 3 to 5 years. The exercise routine that was developed for Roix at HSC kept her physically and mentally active until 2017, when she received a lung transplant.
She ran the charity 5K race in 2017 and will run this year in the 26-mile marathon.
“The Hospital for Special Care is an official charity of the raise and it has been a charity partner for this event for a number of years,” Cowles said. “They’ve been just a truly wonderful partner bringing athletes and supporters to participate with the marathon for years.”
Allscripts, which supports HSC in electronic medical records processing, is the exclusive sponsor for Team Special Care. HSC had a goal of raising $20,000, which it has exceeded by more than $10,000 thanks to Allscripts and other donors, Wendy DeAngelo, HSC’s vice president of development and communications, said.
The marathon route runs through Hartford, East Hartford and South Windsor. A 5K race, a children’s run and a half marathon will be offered on separate courses. All of the races will finish on Trinity Street under the arch of Bushnell Park.
Eversource the title sponsor of the marathon since 2014, is committed to supporting the event through 2022.
The marathon raises money for local and national charities, with $7.2 million raised to date, Cowles said.
The last day to register is today, and signup will be conducted at the Total Fitness Expo in the XL Center until 9 p.m. Race bibs will be distributed at the registration.
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