Frigid temperatures for the 82ND Manchester Road Race.

by Jacqueline Bennett


Me bundled up for the cold.


Baby, it was cold outside!

On a day usually dedicated to turkey – frigid temperatures were more suited to penguins at the 82nd Manchester Road Race. At race time, 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day it was 17 degrees but add in a wind chill factor and it felt like single digit weather.

Many runners came dressed for the cold but some elite contestants still wore shorts and sleeveless shirts !! Plenty of costumes too. Both the male and female winners were from Kenya ~ the race is known to attract top competitors from around the globe.

More than 12,000 runners were registered but reportedly about 2,000 did not finish – likely due to the cold. Plenty of spectators still lined the streets of downtown Manchester, Connecticut however for the town’s signature event.