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Dateline: 11/6/17
Dateline: 05/29/18

Donations totaling $75, 076 were recently made to 15 charities by the Manchester Road Race Committee from the proceeds of last November’s run.

Race officials earmarked the biggest contribution---a check for $20,000---for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Research to find a cure for the crippling disease has been a charitable objective of the race’s organizers since the early 1950s.

The Manchester Area Conference of Churches, which operates a number of local humanitarian and social service programs, was awarded $18,400.  Of that sum, $8400 was generated by the road race’s newly initiated “Honors Club” program.  A $10,000 bequest was given to boost the athletic and recreational programs of the Manchester Police Activities League.

Other donations included: Wickham Park ($5,050); Manchester Community Emergency Response Team ($4000); Manchester High School Track-for state junior high school championships ($4,000); Manchester Running Club ($3500); Bolton Boosters ($2500); Manchester Historical Society Museum ($2100); Rebuilding Together of Manchester ($2000); Manchester Elks Club ($1,426); Manchester Garden Club ($1,000) and Tails of Joy ($600).  The race also sent $250 checks to Concern Worldwide US and the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which are the favorite charities of brothers John and Ray Treacy, who served as the honorary co-chairmen of last year’s road race.

“Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, runners, volunteers and fans, the Manchester Road Race is able to provide financial support each year to organizations like these which do so much good,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee.  “We are sincerely grateful for the tremendous community support that makes these donations possible.” 

Dateline 07/16/18

Dennis McCormack, who competed in the Manchester Road Race for 53 consecutive years, died on July 16, 2018 after a five-year battle with brain cancer.  He was 66 years old.

McCormack was a star distance runner at East Catholic High School and the College of the Holy Cross.  He placed fourth at the 1971 MRR, and had three other top-25 finishes here between 1969 and 1973.
Raised in East Hartford, McCormack ran his first MRR in 1965, when he was a freshman on the East Catholic Cross Country team.  His longevity streak continued through last November when, despite being seriously ill, he participated in the Thanksgiving Day run with his family and friends.
In 2015, McCormack received the Manchester Sports Hall of Fame’s “Joe McCluskey Award” for his devotion to the road race.

The Manchester Road Race Committee mourns the passing of Dennis McCormack, our longtime runner, booster and friend.  
Dateline 08/02/18

The Manchester Road Race Committee announced today that on-line registration for the annual Thanksgiving Day run will begin on September 1, 2018.

The entry fee for the 4.748-mile race is $27 prior to November 4th, and $32 after that date. Runners can register electronically on the road race website at

“It is going to be another great race, with some of the world’s best distance runners competing,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee.  “We’re hoping that everyone who wants to join in the fun this Thanksgiving will officially enter and fill out their registration on the website as soon as possible.”

Carta added that the entry fee is used to defray the costs of the event and to donate the remaining proceeds to a number of charities.  The Manchester Road Race Committee distributed $75,000 after last year’s run to 15 charities or non-profit organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Muscular Dystrophy research has been a pet project of the Manchester Road Race since the early 1950s.

The 82nd annual Manchester Road Race will be held at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day (November 22, 2018).  The race starts and finishes on Main Street, in front of St. James Church. A field of 12,757 runners registered for last year’s competition.

Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo of Colorado Springs, Colorado won the 2017 Manchester Road Race with a time of 21:32.  Buze Diriba of Ethiopia set a new course record last year when she won the women’s division in 23:57.

Olympian Amy Rudolph, the most successful female competitor in the history of the Manchester Road Race, will serve as the honorary chairperson of this year’s Thanksgiving Day race.

Rudolph ran in the road race 14 times between 1995 and 2010. She won a record five championships, placed second five times, was third twice, and had two other top-15 finishes during that period.

Rudolph won the 1995 MRR at age 22, in her first attempt, with a time of 24:24.  She posted her fastest time on the course---24:23---seven years later when she finished second at the 2001 road race.
Dateline: 9/10/18
A 10-time All-American and two-time national champion at Providence College, Rudolph was the first woman athlete to place among the top 25 overall finishers at the MRR.  She came in 24th overall when she claimed her fourth woman’s title here in 2000.  A field of 11,561 registered runners entered the race that year.

In 2002, when she won here for the fifth time, Rudolph finished 22nd overall.  That is the highest overall placement achieved to date by a female athlete at the MRR.

“Amy has a remarkable record of consistently excellent performances at our race,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee.  “She has a huge number of fans and friends in Manchester, and we are extremely pleased that she has agreed to serve as our honorary chairperson this year.”

Rudolph placed 10th in the 5000 meters at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.  Earlier that year, the Kane, Pennsylvania native set an American record of 14:56.04 for the 5000 meters. She was the U.S.A Track & Field champion in the indoor 3000 meters in 1997 and 2002, and in the outdoor 10,000 meters in 2006.  She also competed in the 5000 meters at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Rudolph retired from professional running in 2011. She is married to Irish Olympian and 3000 meter national record holder Mark Carroll, who won the MRR in 1998 and 2000. The couple live in Des Moines, Iowa, where Carroll is the director of track and cross country operations for Drake University. Rudolph was recently appointed the associate head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at Iowa State University.  Amy and Mark, who married in 2005, are both expected to attend this year’s road race and some of the other race-week events.

“Manchester has a special place in our hearts,” said Rudolph.  “I am honored and excited about serving as the honorary chairperson.  The people in the community and the atmosphere on race day make it a very special road race.”
Dateline: 9/19/18

There will be a bigger payday this November for the top three male and female finishers at the Manchester Road Race.

Race officials announced today that this year’s male and female champions will earn $7000.  The winners previously received $4000.

The second place prize in each division has been increased from $3000 to $4000.  Third place finishers will be awarded $3000, a bump of $500.

“We hold our road race each year to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and a number of other charities and non-profit organizations,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee.  “But it is necessary to increase the prizes for our top three finishers in order to continue to attract the world’s best elite runners to compete here.”

Carta said that the committee will continue to offer a $1000 special bonus to the first man and woman to ascend the course’s Highland Street hill during the race.  A prize of $2000 is also offered for anyone breaking the male or female course record.

Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Chelimo of Colorado Springs, Colorado won the 2017 Manchester Road Race with a time of 21:32.  Buze Diriba of Ethiopia won the women’s championship and set a new course record of 23:57 last year.

Dateline: 10/21/18

Nine-time champion Amby Burfoot of Mystic is expected to run in the Manchester Road Race for a record 56th consecutive time on Thanksgiving Day, race officials announced today.

Burfoot, the 1968 Boston Marathon champion, won the 4.748-mile road race here nine times between 1968 and 1977.  Burfoot competed in Manchester for the first time in 1963 as a 17 -year-old high school senior, and he hasn’t missed a Thanksgiving morning here since then.

The retired “Runner’s World Magazine” editor already holds the MRR record for most consecutive runs---55---and his anticipated finish here on Thanksgiving morning will add another year to his longevity streak.

“Amby Burfoot running in our road race is as much of a Thanksgiving Day tradition in Manchester as turkey and pumpkin pie,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee. “We are delighted that he’s with us again this year, and we deeply appreciate his longstanding devotion to the race.”

The 82nd Manchester Road Race will be held at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day (November 22, 2018). The race starts and finishes on Main Street, in front of St, James Church. On-line registration applications and more information about the road race are available at 

A field of 12,757 runners registered for the 2017 MRR, which was won by Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo of Colorado Springs, Colorado in the time of  21:32.  Buze Diriba of Ethiopia set a new course record last year when she won the women’s championship in 23:57.

Dateline: 10/27/18

The Manchester Road Race Committee will honor veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces at this year’s race on Thanksgiving Day.

All active duty and reserve military personnel and veterans who are entered in this year’s road race will be invited to a pre-race reception on Thanksgiving morning.  The reception will be held from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Main Street, near the corner of East Center Street, in Manchester.

A “Veteran’s Row,” lined with the military flags of all five service branches and the POW/MIA flag, will be located near the race course in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  A color guard from the Veterans of Foreign War Anderson-Shea Post 2046 in Manchester will salute all veterans as they run down the Main Street home stretch.  The military flags and a three-quarter-ton restored Army truck on display will be supplied by American Legion Post 133 of South Windsor.

The Manchester Road Race Committee is being assisted in its tribute to veterans by Bob Venti and other members of the Manchester Veterans’ Council.

The Manchester Road Race Committee also announced today that it will donate all of the proceeds from its “Honors Club Program” this year to the Veterans Support Foundation’s Dinda House, a transitional living facility for veterans that is located in Manchester.  Dinda House is named in honor of Army Specialist Fourth Class Michael J. Dinda of Kensington, Connecticut, who was killed in action in South Vietnam on December 29, 1969.

“We are extremely pleased to honor all of our veterans at this year’s race,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee.  “It is our small way of saying thanks for their service and sacrifices.”

Financial support for the Manchester Road Race’s “Veteran’s Row” and veteran’s reception is being provided by  Pratt and Whitney, the U.S.  Army, Tsunami Tsolutions, Goodwin College, MACDAC and Horst Engineering.  Sponsorships are still available by contacting Drew Crandall at
Dateline 11/2/18

Buze Diriba of Ethiopia will defend the Manchester Road Race title that she won with a record-setting time last Thanksgiving.

Race officials announced today that Diriba, 24, has entered the 2018 MRR.  She edged Molly Huddle at the finish line last year to win in 23:57.  Her time beat the course record of 23:59 that the late Emilie Mondor of Canada set in 2003.

The Manchester Road Race Committee also announced today that former winners Diane Nukuri and Emily Sisson have entered the road race.

Nukuri, an Olympic runner from Burundi, captured back-to-back MRR championships in 2014 and 2015.  Sisson, who was an All-American competitor at Providence College, won the 2016 MRR.

Diriba won the 2018 New York City Half Marathon in March with a time of 1:12: 33. Sisson finished second in that race.
Dateline: 11/11/18

The top two finishers at last year’s Manchester Road Race will be back at the Main Street starting line on Thanksgiving morning.

Race officials announced today that defending champion Paul Chelimo and runner-up Kirubel Erassa have both entered the 2018 MRR. Chelimo, an Olympic silver medalist, won the 4.748-mile holiday race last year with a time of 21:32.  Erassa, an All-American runner at Oklahoma State University, placed second in 21:34.

Chelimo, who is 27, won the silver medal in the 5000 meters at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and was bronze medalist in the 5000 meters at the 2017 World Championships in London. Chelimo ran the 5000 meters last summer at a meet in Brussels in 12:57.55, the fourth fastest time ever recorded in that event by an American.  He was an All-American runner at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and now competes for the U.S. Army as a member of its World Class Athlete Program.

The Manchester Road Race Committee announced today that former champion and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis will also compete in the race.  Willis, a University of Michigan All-American who won Olympic silver and bronze medals in the 1500 meters representing his native New Zealand, broke the tape at the 2005 MRR in 21:50. Willis is one of 12 Olympic athletes who thus far have signed up to run in Manchester this Thanksgiving.

“Our elite field this year will feature some of the best distance runners in the world,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee.  “We anticipate that we’ll have another highly competitive and exciting road race.”


One of the world’s speediest indoor milers, and a teenaged steeplechase star are the latest athletes to enter the talent-laden elite fields at the 82nd Manchester Road Race.

Race Officials announced today that Edward Cheserek, a former All-American at the University of Oregon, and Celliphine Chespol of Kenya will compete here on Thanksgiving Day.  It will be the first Manchester appearance for both Cheserek and Chespol, who each recently became professional runners.

Cheserek won 17 individual NCAA titles when he competed for Oregon.  Earlier this year, he ran a 3:49.44 indoor mile, which is the second fastest time ever recorded for the event. Chespol, who is 19 years old, is the World Junior Champion in the 3000 meter steeple chase.  She has run the race in 8:58.78, which is the third fastest time in the world by a woman.

Leonard Korir, the runner-up at the 2016 MRR (21:31), will take another crack at the 4.748-mile Manchester loop course next week. Korir was an All-American runner at Iona and now competes for the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program.

Race officials previously announced that defending champion Paul Chelimo and 2005 winner Nick Willis will be running on Thanksgiving Day.  Chelimo and Willis are both Olympic silver medalists.

In the women’s division, 2017 MRR champion Buze Diriba and Emily Sisson, who won the 2016 road race, are also entered. Diriba set the course record of 23:57 last year when she edged Molly Huddle at the finish line.
Dateline: 11/19/18

The Manchester Road Race Committee will honor Pratt & Whitney, the road race’s longest continuous financial sponsor, at its annual media conference on November 19.
Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation, has been a major financial backer of the Thanksgiving Day run in Manchester for 35 years.  Race officials estimate that the East Hartford-based aircraft engine manufacturer has contributed more than $500,000 to the road race during that period.

The late Paul Willhide, a prominent Manchester resident and a Vice President at Pratt & Whitney, was instrumental in establishing the relationship between the company and race organizers during the early 1980s.  A Pratt & Whitney graphic designer created the MRR’s distinctive winged-foot logo, and the company provided other logistical support to the event as road race rapidly grew in size then.

“Pratt & Whitney has been an extremely dependable and generous friend to our race,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road race Committee.  “We are tremendously grateful for their support, and we wanted to honor and celebrate the 35th anniversary of our relationship this year.”

“For 35 years, Pratt & Whitney has enjoyed the sights, sounds and accomplishments of the Manchester Road Race,” said Matt Dawson, Commercial Engines Program Manager and Community Ambassador, Pratt & Whitney. “In addition to our financial support, Pratt & Whitney employees have happily participated as runners, volunteers and cheering squads in this storied Thanksgiving Day tradition.  We thank the Manchester Road Race Committee for this honor.”

The Manchester Road Race’s “Earl Yost Media Conference” will be held on Monday, November 19, at 11:30 a.m at the Manchester Country Club.  The event is open to credentialed media representatives and invited guests.

Several hundred Pratt & Whitney employees are expected to compete in the 82nd Manchester Road Race, which be held on Thanksgiving Day (November 22, 2018) at 10 a.m. The 4.748-mile race starts and finishes on Main Street in Manchester, in front of St. James Church. On-line entry applications and more information about the race are available at

Dateline: 11/20/18

The 82nd Manchester Road Race will step off as scheduled at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, despite predictions of bitterly cold weather in the state.

“Our Road Race has been held throughout the years in all kinds of conditions, and although we are urging everyone to take appropriate precautions, our Thanksgiving Day tradition will continue as planned, said Dr. Tris Carta, President Of the Manchester Road Race Committee.

“We are urging our runners and spectators to dress warmly, in layers of clothing,” Carta said.
We believe that if everyone takes steps to prepare for the cold weather and winds we will be able to hold a safe and enjoyable race.

Carta said that race officials have consulted with town emergency management and public health officials about opening warming stations for runners and spectators in the downtown area on race morning.  The following fixed site emergency warming locations are:
•    St. James school gym (on Park St.)
•    Bennet Academy gym (Main St. and School St.)
•    Salvation Army building (661 Main St.)

Additionally, there will be two buses staged on the course for people to get out of the cold.
•    Bus #1 will be located at Highland Park School
•    Bus #2 will be located on Hartford Rd. at the corner of Main St.

Here is a list of suggested safety precautions for athletes and fans participating in the race:

Dress in Layers

The key to staying safe in the cold is to wear several layers of clothing. Wearing the right shoes and clothes helps:
• Keep your body heat trapped inside your clothes
• Protects you from cold air, wind, snow, or rain
• Protects you from contact with cold surfaces

You may need several layers of clothing in cold weather:

An inner layer that wicks sweat away from the skin. It can be lightweight wool, polyester, or polypropylene (polypro). Never wear cotton in cold weather, including your underwear. Cotton absorbs moisture and keeps it next to your skin, making you cold.

Middle layers that insulate and keep heat in. They can be polyester fleece, wool, microfiber insulation, or down. Depending on your activity, you may need a couple of insulating layers.

An outer layer that repels wind, snow, and rain. Try to choose a fabric that is both breathable and rain and wind proof. If your outer layer is not also breathable, sweat can build up and make you cold.

You also need to protect your hands, feet, neck, and face. Depending on your activity, you may need the following:
•    Warm hat
•    Face mask
•    Scarf or neck warmer
•    Mittens or gloves (mittens tend to be warmer)
•    Wool or polypro socks
•    Warm, waterproof shoes or boots

The key with all of your layers is to take them off as you warm up and add them back as you cool down.

If you wear too much while exercising, you will sweat a lot, which can make you colder.

Get Plenty of Food and Fluids

You need both food and fluids to fuel your body and keep you warm. If you skimp on either, you increase your risk for cold weather injuries such as hypothermia and frostbite.

Eating foods with carbohydrates gives you quick energy. If you are only out for a short time, you may want to carry a snack bar to keep your energy going. If you are out all day skiing, hiking, or working, be sure to bring food with protein and fat as well to fuel you over many hours.

Drink plenty of fluids before and during activities in the cold. You may not feel as thirsty in cold weather, but you still lose fluids through your sweat and when you breathe.

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The Manchester Road Race will be held on Thanksgiving morning at 10 AM in downtown Manchester and broadcast live on Fox 61 TV beginning at 9 AM.
4.748 Miles
November 22, 2018 ~ 10:00 a.m
The 82nd Manchester Road Race