Over 1,500 walkers and runners participate in annual Blue Back Mitten run – NBC Connecticut

A local holiday tradition returned to West Hartford on Sunday.

Participants took to the streets for the Hartford Marathon Foundation’s annual Blue Back Mitten Run. Over 1,500 runners and walkers took part in the 5k and children’s races.

The first ended in record time, in just over 15 minutes.

“It feels good,” said first place winner Tommy O’Gorman.

“I have covered a lot of kilometers in recent weeks. I’m training for a pretty big marathon in January so it was just to test fitness, ”added O’Gorman.

The race has been running since 2009, but was halted last year due to the pandemic.

The founder of the Hartford Marathon Foundation is thrilled to be back in action.

“It’s pure bliss,” said Beth Shluger, CEO of the Hartford Marathon Foundation.

“It’s joy and we can feel the joy in the air. You can feel the excitement. People keep thanking us for being back. We’ve been here for two years and just the season is part of that too. It’s just a wonderful joy to be back, ”said Shluger.

All race participants were invited to bring in donations of new hats, mittens and scarves for the Town That Cares program in West Hartford. They expect donations to reach over 4,000 items.

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