Other Instructions

There are NO lockers available so arrive prepared to run.

Toilet facilities are available in many areas.

SAFETY ALERT#1:  For safety and insurance purposes, no wheels of any kind (e.g. in-line skates, baby strollers, bicycles) and no dogs are allowed on the race course.

SAFETY ALERT #2:  No Headphones or Earbuds may be worn while on the race course.

SAFETY ALERT #3:  All runners should stay on the race course and not shortcut onto sidewalks or peoples’ yards to get around other runners as this can lead to injuries and cause damage to personal property.

CT Sports Massage will provide pre-race and post-race massage at Bennet Academy, 8 a.m. to 12 noon the day of the race.

Packets (Timing Tags and Bib Numbers) are mailed to addresses within the continental US for all on-line registrations received on or before November 13th.  After that date packets must be picked up at the Sports Expo between 10:00 and 1:00 at the Packet Pick-up table or on Race Day from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Bennet Academy.  


Record breaking attendance expected

In 2010 the Road Race Committee decided to cap the total number of participants at 15,000 runners.  This broke the previous year's attendance by approximately 2,000 runners.  The maximum number of runners will remain at 15,000 this year.  Plan to arrive early and plan your trip to town.  With this increase in participation you can expect increased delays in travel, parking, and getting into the starting pack.

Please read the information about Parking and taking the Shuttle.


Other Instructions

* You must wear your bib number just above your navel.  It must be visible as you cross the Start and Finish Line.

* Do not fold or crumple the bib number as it will damage the timing tag.

* Dress warmly and appropriately for standing around before and after the race but be prepared to hand off extra clothing to a friend before the start of the race.  Check the weather forecast.

* Read through the letter enclosed in your bib number packet.  We included lots of race pertinent information.


Wearing Costumes


The Manchester Road Race Committee strives each year to hold a world-class Thanksgiving Day road race that is safe, fun and family-friendly.  We want all of our runners and spectators to feel welcome and to enjoy the race. Over the years, runners in costumes have become a tradition at the race, and contribute to its festive holiday atmosphere and spirit.  We respectfully urge runners who wear costumes or who carry signs or props during the race to exercise good judgment, and to be considerate of others. Please refrain from the use of costumes, signs or props that are lewd, culturally insensitive, threatening or unsafe. Your cooperation will help us to continue making the Manchester Road Race a wonderful holiday tradition and a positive experience for all our participants.