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‘Blue Jean Mile’ Raises More than $10,000 to Support 2-4-1 ‘TOP Self’ Program

Participants in the Blue Jean Mile at Conard High School in 2023. Courtesy photo (we-ha.com file photo)

The first-ever Blue Jean Mile was held in West Hartford on May 6, raising funds and awareness of mental health in honor of Jason Hannigan.

Mary Painter (center), spouse of the late Jason Hannigan, is flanked by 2-4-1 founders Kerry (left) and Steve Boyle. Courtesy photo


On May 6, local nonprofit 2-4-1 Care teamed up with Fleet Feet to host its first-ever Blue Jean Mile to raise awareness for mental health in memory of beloved friend Jason Hannigan.

Over 250 runners, attendees, and even a joggler participated raising over $10,000 in support of 2-4-1’s TOP Self program for kids in Hartford’s schools, a program in which kids get to sample sports, develop leadership abilities, and build social and emotional skills. The event was sponsored by Asics, National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) Farmington Valley, Blue Sky Fitness and Love Your Mental Health.

A ‘joggler’ participated in the Blue Jean Mile. Courtesy photo

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