Dateline: 3/5/2017

Muscular Dystrophy research, and the effort to erect a statue in honor of Manchester’s greatest runner, will soon receive big financial boosts from the Manchester Road Race.

Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee, announced today that $100,755 from the proceeds of last November’s Thanksgiving Day run will be distributed among 18 charities and non-profit organizations.

A check for $20,000 will be sent to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The Manchester Road Race has been raising funds to find a cure for the crippling childhood disease since the early 1950s.

The Manchester Historical Society’s Sculpture Project will receive $10,000.  The society has commissioned a statue of Manchester native Joe McCluskey, who in 1932 won a bronze medal in the 3000 meters steeplechase at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.  McCluskey, a graduate of Manchester High School and Fordham University, was a four-time winner of the Manchester Road Race.

The Manchester Historical Society will also be given a separate grant of $2500 to preserve and store memorabilia and artifacts donated to the Manchester Road Race collection.

Other charitable events or organizations that will benefit from last year’s race include: Manchester Area Conference of Churches ($10,000); Manchester Police Activities League ($10,000); M.A.R.C. ($10,000); Manchester Land Conservation Trust ($5755); Foodshare ($5000); Girls on the Run of Southeastern Connecticut ($5000); Manchester Rebuilding Together ($5000); Randy Smith Journal Inquirer Track Meet ($4000); Manchester Community Emergency Response Team ($4000); UNICO ($2500); Harry Geraghty Cross Country Meet ($2500); Manchester High School Track Team steeplechase project ($2000); Nearac Earth Cycling Seven Lakes Ride ($1000), and the Manchester High School Track Team shoe fund ($1000).

In addition, race officials will donate $500 to the favorite charity of Olympian Cathy O’Brien, who served as the Honorary Chairperson of the 2016 MRR.

“The Manchester Road Race is blessed with truly wonderful sponsors, runners, volunteers and spectators whose combined efforts make donations like these possible year after year,” Carta said. “We are so grateful to all of them, and we are delighted that our race can help so many worthwhile causes.”

The 4.748-mile Manchester Road Race is held annually on Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m on a loop course through the town’s central streets.  It starts and finishes on Main Street, in front of St. James Church. Some of the world’s best distance runners compete in the annual holiday run, which in recent years has attracted fields that are capped at 15,000 participants.