ING Hartford Marathon Elite Inspiration Team Members Selected

October 4, 2011 Windsor, Conn. Share: Print Subscribe to Email Alerts

Inspiring personalities will receive special Elite-level treatment on October 15, 2011

The Hartford Marathon Foundation is excited to unveil the 11-member group selected as the ING Hartford Marathon Elite Inspiration Team.  This new program was created to recognize the many inspiring personal journeys that compel participants to run ING Hartford Marathon events. Team members were nominated based on personal achievements, positive leadership roles within the community and a dedication to living healthy lifestyles and they were chosen amongst a wide field of nominations.

The team will be treated to Elite level benefits on race day including a complimentary hotel stay, free admission to the Pasta Supper and ING Hartford Marathon apparel. Additionally, each personal story will be profiled on the ING Hartford Marathon web site, Jumbotron at the start of the race as well as along Pratt Street in Hartford, which will be turned into ‘Elite Street’ for the two weeks leading up to race weekend. 

The Hartford Marathon Foundation along with ING, title sponsor of the race and presenting sponsor of the ING Hartford Marathon Elite Inspiration Team, are extremely honored to recognize the 11 members making up this inaugural team. 

“These athletes may not be professionals, but their amazing journeys and accomplishments are no less inspirational,” noted Gary Baxter, Chief Information Officer for ING U.S.  “We recognize the efforts of this special group, and wish them the best as they reach their goals on race day.” 

James Barnaby, Westport, MA

Carol Chaoui, Wellesley, MA

Christine Granja, Southbury, CT

Jamie “Coby” Jacobson, Deerfield, NH

Victor Johnson, Allston, MA

Nicholas Miller, Waterford, CT

Tina Neely, Cromwell, CT

David Poppel, Burlington, CT

Margaret Rorio, East Hampton, CT

Jessica Willis, Stafford Springs, CT

Crew Members of the USS Hartford Submarine

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 Glastonbury, Connecticut, the Hartford Marathon Foundation organizes nearly 30 annual athletic events, including the ING Hartford Marathon. For more information, visit

About ING U.S.

ING U.S. includes the U.S insurance, retirement and asset management businesses of Dutch-based ING Groep NV.  In the U.S., the ING (NYSE: ING) family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits and financial planning. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves approximately 15 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit