JOHN GREGOREK TO SERVE AS HONORARY CHAIR OF 2019 MANCHESTER ROAD RACE
MANCHESTER ROAD RACE ANNOUNCES CHARITABLE DONATIONS
Muscular Dystrophy research, a program that provides food, clothing and other assistance to persons with unmet needs, a youth activities league, and a bleeding control effort are among the worthwhile causes that will soon benefit from the proceeds of the 2018 Manchester Road Race.
The Manchester Road Race Committee announced today that it will donate a total of $63,000 to eight charitable and non-profit organizations.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association will receive a check for $20,000. Research to find a cure for the crippling childhood disease has been a charitable objective of the road race’s organizers since the early 1950s.
Race officials are also donating $10,000 to both the Manchester Police Activities League and the Manchester Area Conference of Churches. The Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS Department will receive $9,500 to purchase medical supplies for its town-wide bleeding control program. Dinda House, a transitional living facility for homeless veterans operated by the Veterans Support Foundation, will get a $9,500 bequest from the road race’s Honors Club.
Other donations include: Manchester High School Track & Field ($2,500); Manchester Community Emergency Response Team ($1,000); and the Manchester Sculpture Project ($500).
“The race is very happy to support these terrific organizations, and all the wonderful work they do,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee. “We are also extremely grateful to our runners, sponsors, volunteers and spectators, who make these annual contributions possible.”
MANCHESTER ROAD RACE TO OFFER ONLINE GOODIE BAG FOR THIS YEAR'S RACE PARTICIPANTS
For the first time in the event's history, the 2019 Manchester Road Race will feature a goodie bag for every registered participant. But to eliminate the unnecessary waste and inconvenience from a plastic bag full of paper and samples as is often the case at other running events, the Race organizers are adding an Online Goodie Bag so runners and walkers will be able to take advantage of sponsors' and advertisers' special offers, samples, drawings, coupons, freebies, etc. at their own convenience, right over their computers, tablets, or smart phones.
Here's how it will work: Manchester Road Race registrants will receive an email a few days before the Race with a link and access code to the Goodie Bag website. Then, for 60 days, they'll be able to access the MRR Goodie Bag site and take advantage of whatever offers they wish, either by printing out a coupon, jotting down a code, or linking directly to the site of the company making the special offer. The Manchester Road Race will also be extending this special MRR Goodie Bag access to attendees at the MRR Sports & Fitness Expo and donors at the MRR Blood Bank who sign up.
There is no cost or obligation. Race registrants' email addresses will not be given to anyone and will not be used for any other purpose unless participants choose to provide it to one of the companies making a Goodie Bag offer.
The Manchester Road Race has chosen to partner with the industry leading event bag software platform of ACTIVE Network to provide this innovative benefit to Race participants. According to MRR President Tris Carta, the Online Goodie Bag will provide an additional benefit for Race registrants while still maintaining the Road Race's goal of an environmentally conscious, landfill-free event. “We feel this is in keeping with the spirit of recent Connecticut legislation banning plastic bags,” he explains. “But it also provides a more effective way for our sponsors and advertisers to reach our participants in a smart and unobtrusive way, and without compromising the personal information or even the email addresses of our runners, walkers, expo visitors and blood donors.”
The Online Goodie Bag. Another great reason to register and run or walk the Manchester Road Race!
MANCHESTER ROAD RACE DONATES $9,500 TOWARD BLEEDING CONTROL INITIATIVES
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REGISTRATION FOR 83rd MANCHESTER ROAD RACE TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 1st
Registration for the 83rd annual Manchester Road Race will begin on September 1st, race officials announced today.
Runners can enter the 4.748-mile Thanksgiving Day race on-line at the event’s website, www.manchesterroadrace.com.
The entry fee is $32 prior to November 1, 2019, and increases to $37 starting on that date. Registration closes at 12 noon EST on Tuesday, November 26th. No entries will be accepted after that date.
“We have increased our entry fees slightly this year in order to meet the escalating costs of holding a road race that is competitive, inclusive, safe, and a lot of fun,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee. “We look forward to welcoming another large field of runners this year, and we are urging everyone to enter as soon as possible.”
Walk-in registration for the race will be held from 9 a.m until 12 noon on November 23rd at the road race’s Sports & Fitness Expo, which is being held this year at the Manchester High School cafeteria. Manchester High School is located at 134 East Middle Turnpike in Manchester. Persons who wish to submit an entry or attend the Sports & Fitness Expo should park in the high school’s Summit Street parking area.
Edward Cheserek of Flagstaff, Arizona won the 2018 MRR with a course record time of 21:15.75. Celliphine Chespol of Lansing, Michigan captured the women’s championship in 24:33.
ROAD RACE’S “HONORS CLUB” TO BENEFIT REBUILDING TOGETHER MANCHESTER
The Manchester Road race Committee announced today that Rebuilding Together Manchester, a volunteer non-profit community organization, will receive the proceeds from the race’s “Honors Club” initiative this year.
The MRR “Honors Club” is comprised of 125 road race entrants who contribute $100 when they register for the Thanksgiving Day run. The road race committee started the program in 2017 and donates all of the proceeds it generates to one local charity or non-profit group each year. The Manchester Road Race Committee contributed more than $9,000 after last year’s event to Dinda House, a transitional living facility for veterans that is located in Manchester.
Race organizers hope to raise $12,500 this Thanksgiving for Rebuilding Together Manchester, a volunteer organization that rehabilitates the housing of low-income residents, particularly that of the elderly, disabled, or families with young children.
“The “Honors Club” initiative is another example of our road race’s strong commitment to giving back,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee. “Rebuilding Together Manchester does such wonderful work, and we are very pleased to assist them financially this year.”
Runners or walkers who register as “Honors Club” members at the 2019 MRR will receive an entry for the race, a special numbers bib, exclusive pre-race access to the St. James Church basement, and other perks on race day. “But the biggest benefit they get comes from the knowledge that they are making a real difference in our community,” Doctor Carta added.
MRR ANNOUNCES NEW VENUE FOR ROAD RACE SATURDAY EVENTS
The Manchester Road Race Committee announced today that the locations of two of its popular “Road Race Saturday” events on November 23, 2019 have been changed.
The Little Manchester Road Race, which was previously held at Charter Oak Park, will be run at the Manchester High School’s Barry Mitchell Athletic Facility Fields and Pete Wigren Track. The road race’s Sports & Fitness Expo, which was held in prior years at the Bennet Academy’s Cone Gymnasium, has been relocated to the Manchester High School cafeteria.
Manchester High School is located at 134 East Middle Turnpike in Manchester. Parking for the “Road Race Saturday” events is available in the school’s Brookfield Street and Summit Street lots, in addition to legally posted on-street parking near the high school. Race officials have designated the Brookfield Street lot as the primary parking site for the Little Manchester Road Race and the Summit Street lot as the primary parking location for the Sports & Fitness Expo. A map of the high school’s parking areas appears on the road race website (www.manchesterroadrace.com).
“We have initiated these venue changes in order to accommodate growing interest in both events, and to ensure that the Little Manchester Road Race can go forward even if weather conditions are less than optimal,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race.
The “Road Race Saturday” events on November 23rd kick off race week in Manchester and are a prelude to the town’s annual 4.748-mile Manchester Road Race on Thanksgiving Day. The Sports & Fitness Expo, which features vendors and exhibits of interest to running enthusiasts, will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon. Walk-in registration and seeding for the Thanksgiving Day Manchester Road Race will also be held at the Sports & Fitness Expo between 9 a.m.-noon. Participants in the Little Manchester Road Race may pick-up their number bibs and tee shirts at the Sports & Fitness Expo starting at 8:30 a.m. The race, which is expected to attract 1,000 runners 12 years of age or younger, will be run at 10 a.m.
November 28, 2019 ~ 10:00 a.m.
The 83rd Manchester Road Race