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CLA Blue Back Mitten Run to take place on Sunday, December 3

November 20, 2023 – East Hartford, CT – Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) recognizes the support of its new community partner CLA (Clifton Larson Allen LLP) as the title sponsor of its longtime holiday 5K tradition in West Hartford. The CLA Blue Back Mitten Run will take place on Sunday, December 3, and feature a 3.1-mile race open to runners and walkers of all ages and experiences, and shorter HMF FitKids races for children aged 2-11. All races start on Burr Street adjacent to West Hartford Town Hall and end on Isham Road in Blue Back Square.

Since its inception in 2009, the event has become a cherished annual tradition bringing together up to 2,000 participants for a community celebration of fitness and fun. The support of new title sponsor CLA West Hartford, whose CPA and professional services advisors are located on South Main Street in West Hartford, helps HMF in its mission to promote healthy living and support charities and economic activity in local communities. Historically, participants in the CLA Blue Back Mitten Run enthusiastically support the collection drive for new mittens, hats, gloves, scarves, socks to benefit neighbors in need each year; monetary donations are also collected to support the Town That Cares Fund in their mission.

“We are grateful for the support of CLA and all of our partners and volunteers that help make this cherished holiday tradition something to look forward to each year,” said Josh Miller, president of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. “We encourage new participants and our many loyal community members to get active with family and friends and spread some holiday cheer while also giving back to help our neighbors in need.”

“At CLA, we are committed to creating opportunities for our people and our community,” said Andrew Lattimer, Connecticut Managing Principal of Office. “We are excited to be involved in the 2023 HMF Blue Back Mitten Run and look forward to supporting this annual tradition.”

All race participants receive a custom knit beanie hat and will enjoy a post-race party with cookies and snacks in Blue Back Square.

Learn more about the CLA Blue Back Mitten Run and register at Follow the conversations on Facebook at HMF Events, Twitter at @RunHMF or Instagram at HMF_Events.


About the Hartford Marathon Foundation

The Hartford Marathon Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to create and manage fitness events that inspire people to be healthy and fit.  Located in East Hartford, Connecticut, the Hartford Marathon Foundation organizes more than 30 annual athletic races, including the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon and training programs for youth runners.  For more information, visit and on Facebook at HMF Events, Twitter at @RunHMF and Instagram at HMF_Events.



Elizabeth Cowles, CJ Public Relations

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