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Snow and freezing rain that fell just twenty-four hours before did not halt the 78th Manchester Road Race in Connecticut on Thanksgiving Day, November 27. Nor did temperatures in the mid-30 degree range keep some 15,000 registered runners – plus the strays who fall in after the event gets underway – and thousands more spectators from turning out. Town crews thoroughly cleared Main Street and once again the race started promptly at 10 a.m. as it does each year. A glitch with the sound system’s playing of the national anthem left the crowd to finish singing the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

 

As always, the Manchester Road Race was fun. Half the enjoyment of this 4.748 mile competition is seeing the costumes in which participants show up – from Stove Top Stuffing to a Christmas Tree, or displaying patriotic sprit.250

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And the band played on…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windsor, CT's  Dan Nolan, a longtime Manchester Road Race participant, instead turned out this year to show support for the runners.

Windsor, CT’s Dan Nolan, a longtime Manchester Road Race participant, instead turned out this year to show support for the runners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben True took first place with a time of 21 minutes and 34 seconds. Coming in first for the women was Diane Nukuri-Johnson who clocked 24:38. New this year, a first ever King and Queen of the Hill were named – Sam Chelange and Neely Spence. As well, the Road Race Committee has begun the process of documenting longtime participants. To provide that information visit their website.262

 

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Donuts and hot beverages were available inside the Army & Navy Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As usual bands played along the route, including on the front balcony of the ever-popular Army & Navy Club. With donuts and hot beverages available inside, it was a terrific spot to warm up while watching the long stream of runners. It was also a day for local pubs to welcome runners and company!

 

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