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Hartford Has It: Marathon Edition

One of the greatest things about the ING Hartford Marathon is that it’s a big marathon with a small-town feel.  From the Expo at the XL Center to the pre-race spaghetti dinner at the Hartford Club and the marathon finish across the Founders Bridge and through the Soldiers and Sailors Arch, the race has a local flavor that showcases Hartford’s charms.  This year, the race had special meaning for me because not only were we conducting a Hartford Hospital-funded research study (in which I was a subject), I was organizing and speaking at a new symposium sponsored by a joint collaboration between Hartford Hospital, University of Hartford, and The Hartford Marathon Foundation. It was a big weekend but one that perfectly demonstrated the synergy between partnerships, passions, and people that is so unique to making great things happen in Hartford.

Rather than telling you about it in detail, I thought I’d include a few pictures that capture my favorite moments of the weekend:

Posing for a picture in the quiet moments before the pre-race Expo opened and research subjects arrived.

Posing for a picture in the quiet moments before the pre-race Expo opened and research subjects arrived.

Giving blood to measure clot formation and breakdown factors.

Giving blood to measure clot formation and breakdown factors.

Compression socks awaiting owners.Some runners wore them to study the effect of compression socks on blood clot risk; others did not.

Compression socks awaiting owners. Some runners wore them to study the effect of compression socks on blood clot risk; others did not.

You can guess what group I was in.

You can guess which group I was in.

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Taking a break from doing research to talk about research at the symposium: Medical Seminar for Runners.

Feeling ecstatic at surviving what I will henceforth refer to as the 2013 Hartford Death Shuffle.

Feeling ecstatic at surviving what I will henceforth refer to as the 2013 Hartford Death Shuffle.

Posing for a picture with Amanda Zaleski, the principal investigator of the study.

Posing for a picture with Amanda Zaleski, the principal investigator of the study.

After crossing the finish line, I stumbled over to my neighbor John Barresi, who was in charge of conducting the MarathonLive broadcast. I was a frightening sight and somewhat incoherent but John reacted with grace and poise and managed to extract this interview from me regarding our research study and the impacts of marathon running on overall health.

Finally, in the theme of the new “Hartford Has It” promotional video, I bring you our own “Hartford Has It: Marathon Edition” creation, courtesy of Amanda Zaleski.

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