In the days after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school, plans began to develop for a special race to honor the lives of the20 first graders and six staff members who were killed on Dec. 14.
The original site for the Sandy Hook Run for the Families in Danbury could accommodate 10,000 participants, but the interest quickly exceeded that.
The response has been so overwhelming that race organizers have had to move the race to Hartford to accommodate the growing crowd. Eight thousand people have signed up and the estimated crowd is around 15,000.
The Hartford Marathon Foundation is hosting the race and it will be held at 10 a.m. on March 23.
Those who cannot physically attend, but still want to participate in the run can register as a “Virtual Runner.”
The fee is $25 for adults and $10 for children 17 and under. One hundred percent of registration fees will go toward The Sandy Hook School Support Fund to support all of those affected by the shooting.
The Hartford Marathon Foundation is asking for support to assist with volunteers, sponsorship and in-kind donations of products and services.
You can find more information about the race on the Hartford Marathon Foundation Web page or the foundation’s Facebook page.