2010 Manchester Road Race Manchester, Connecticut

Article & photos by Jacqueline Bennett

Manchester, Connecticut is poised to host the town’s signature annual event, the Manchester Road Race. This year marks a milestone 75th running. Held on Thanksgiving Day, the 4.748 mile course draws thousands of runners, including international competitors, here to the “city of village charm.”

One of the state’s biggest sports happenings, 13,261 runners were registered as of November 17, with registration slated to be capped at 15,000. If the past is an indicator, some of these folks will show up to run wearing amusing costumes.

The night before the race a pasta meal is held so runners can load up on energy boosting carbs. Area pubs are also popular places on race eve.

On race day, spectators line the route with bands playing at various locales along the way. Each year I try to grab a spot on Main Street in front of  the Army & Navy Club to take photographs. That is where I plan to be next Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for the running of the race. Good luck to all the participants!

Press truck

Calling the race

Patriotism on display

Enjoying the event

Band plays outside Army & Navy Club