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Snow Cleared For Thanksgiving Day – Always Fun – Manchester Road Race

Posted on December 3, 2014

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   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…

Manchester Thanksgiving Day Road Race Seeks to Document Longtime Runners

Posted on November 24, 2014

Write-Up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett One of New England’s premier sporting events is only three days away – the Thanksgiving Day Road Race, being held for the 78th year in Manchester, Connecticut. As of this morning online registration remained open with a total of 14,183 runners signed on to participate, according to their website. This year the road race committee wants to chronicle longtime runners and “is establishing a program to record and recognize the longevity of its perennial participants.” A longevity record database is slated to be posted to the road race website at some point down the road …. no pun intended. The committee is said to be looking for men who have run the race 45 times or more and…