2012 ING Hartford Marathon Elite Inspiration Team Members Chosen

       2012 ING Hartford Marathon Elite Inspiration Team Members Chosen

Eight Inspiring Personalities to run Hartford on October 13, 2012

PR Newswire

GLASTONBURY, Conn., Oct. 2, 2012

GLASTONBURY, Conn., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Hartford Marathon
Foundation is excited to announce the 2012 ING Hartford Marathon Elite
Inspiration Team. The eight-member group was selected based on the personal
journeys and achievements that inspire them to participate in the ING Hartford
Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K events on Saturday, October 13 in Bushnell Park,
Hartford. Their stories are available on the event web site.

ING Hartford Marathon Elite Inspiration Team members were nominated based on
personal achievements, positive leadership roles within their communities and
a dedication to living healthy lifestyles. They were chosen from a wide field
of nominations and will be treated to VIP benefits on race day including
tickets to the Pasta Supper at The Hartford Club, ING Hartford Marathon
apparel and profiles featured in the new ING Hartford Marathon magazine.

The Hartford Marathon Foundation along with ING U.S., title sponsor of the
race and presenting sponsor of the ING Hartford Marathon Elite Inspiration
Team, are extremely honored to recognize the eight members making up the 2012

"Each runner has a story and these athletes have truly incredible ones. We
wanted to highlight these eight runners to serve as inspiration to others,"
said Beth Shluger, Executive Director of the Hartford Marathon Foundation.
"We're honored they chose to run the ING Hartford Marathon and we wish them
continued success as they work to achieve their goals."

"Success in long-distance running doesn't just happen overnight. It requires
persistence, planning and, in many cases, overcoming significant obstacles,"
said Gary Baxter, chief information officer at ING U.S. "These runners have
stories that will encourage everyone – both participants and spectators
alike. We wish them well on their journeys and we know they will help to make
the ING Hartford Marathon an even more inspiring event."

Steve Anastasio, Haddam, CT
Brian Boyle, Welcome, MD
Dara Brooks, Bridgeport, CT
Sarah Claffey, Moodus, CT
Natalia Lamonaca, Atlanta, GA
Justin Ordway, Southbury, CT
Mary Pat Schmitt, Middletown, CT
Leslie Schlemmer, New Milford, CT

About the Hartford Marathon Foundation
The Hartford Marathon Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofitfounded in 1994 to
create and manage events that inspire people to be healthy and fit. Located in
Glastonbury, Connecticut, the Hartford Marathon Foundation organizes nearly 42
annual athletic events, including the ING Hartford Marathon, and 25 training
programs. For information, visit http://www.HartfordMarathon.com or

About ING U.S.
ING U.S. constitutes the U.S.-based retirement, investment and insurance
operations ofNetherlands-based ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING). In the U.S., the
ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to
retail and institutional clients, includingretirement plans, IRA rollovers
and transfers, stable value, institutional investment management, mutual
funds, alternative investments, life insurance, employee benefits, fixed and
indexed annuities and financial planning. ING U.S. holds top-tier rankings in
key U.S. markets and serves approximately 13 million customers across the
nation. Forinformation, visit http://ing.us.

SOURCE Hartford Marathon Foundation

Website: http://www.hartfordmarathon.com
Contact: Brie Barash, CJ Public Relations, +1-860-676-2266, Bbarash@cjpr.com;
Phil Margolis, ING, +1-860-580-2676, Phil.margolis@us.ing.com
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