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Manchester Road Race Adds Veteran’s Row to Thanksgiving Day Event

Posted on November 18, 2018

                      Write-up & photos by Jacqueline Bennett   New this year to the Manchester Road Race is a Veteran’s Row. According to race organizers, veterans will gather between 8-9:30 a.m., the morning of the race on Thanksgiving Day at the Vietnam Memorial. The memorial is located at the top of Main Street, near East Center Street. Runners who indicate they are veterans on their registration form with be given more details.   As of 7:30 a.m. 11/18, the total number of registered runners was 11,788. In its 82nd year, the MRR is a popular holiday tradition attracting elite runners from across the globe, as well as, generations of area families who continue to…

Ben True “To the Wire” Win, Sisson Fastest Woman at Manchester Road Race

Posted on November 28, 2016

Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   Excitement on Main Street in Manchester, Connecticut reached a crescendo Thanksgiving Day at the 80th Manchester Road Race as two elite male competitors ran nose and nose to the finish line. Ben True of Hanover, New Hampshire took the win on the 4.75 mile course in a time of 21 minutes: 31 seconds. The last few strides between True and Leonard Korir of Colorado were so tight it made for a finish described both as “thrilling” and a “nail-biter”.   In True’s own words “it was right down to the wire”, the 30-year-old, told Fox 61 television that broadcast the road race live. True also won the MRR in 2014.     Emily Sisson, 25, of…

80th Manchester Road Race Running on Thanksgiving Day 2016

Posted on November 13, 2016

By Jacqueline Bennett   The 80th running of the Manchester Road Race will take place Thanksgiving Day, November 24, slated to start promptly at 10:00 a.m. One of the largest sporting events in the Nutmeg state, MRR was honored in May with the presentation of the 2016 Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance Award recognizing the race’s “significant contribution to sports in Connecticut”.   As of early this morning, online registration remained open with 10,416 runners signed up, according to the MRR website. Visit for information about registration which will be capped at 15,000. Online registration will end November 17, at 14,000, this year there will be no evening or same day registration. However, walk-in registration will be held at the Sports & Fitness…