And the Winners of the 75th Manchester Road Race are…..

Write-up & photos by Jacqueline Bennett

And the winners of the 75th Manchester Road Race are – no, not this turkey that parked himself on Porter Street- but for the men, Brian Olinger of Ohio with a time of 21 minutes, 31 seconds and for the women, Sally Kipyego of Kenya with a time of 24 minutes, 22 seconds.

Under gorgeous autumn skies, on Thanksgiving Day 15,000 runners and walkers turned out to take on the near 5 mile course in Manchester, Connecticut. This year marked a return for 69-year-old Julia Chase-Brand, who 50 years ago broke the road race’s gender barrier, paving the way for the many women who now compete.

As usual, local restaurants and pubs put up welcome signs for the runners.