09/20/19 MRR Announces New Venue For Road Race Saturday Events

09/09/19 Road Race’s “Honors Club” to benefit Rebuilding Together Manchester

09/05/19 John Gregorek to serve as honorary chair of 2019 Manchester Road Race

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**Registration Opens October 1st**

Date: Saturday, November 23
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Manchester High School

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JOHN GREGOREK TO SERVE AS HONORARY CHAIR OF 2019 MANCHESTER ROAD RACE
Dateline: 09/05/19
John Gregorek, a four-time Manchester Road Race champion who was known for his exciting finishes on Main
Street, will serve as the honorary chairperson of this year’s annual Thanksgiving Day run.
Gregorek, 59, was an All-American runner at Georgetown
University and a U.S. Olympic Team member. He competed in the
MRR 11 times between 1985 and 1996, winning four races that
were all decided at the finish line.
In 1988, Gregorek beat two-time winner John Doherty to the tape
by two seconds and won the road race with a time of 21:30. His
winning margins were even smaller in 1989, 1991 and 1993, when
his famous finishing kick propelled him to one-second victories
over the second-place runners in each race.
Gregorek also placed second twice, notched a pair of third-place
finishes, and had two other top-ten showings during the 11 years
that he competed at the MRR.
“John compiled an amazing record of consistent successes and
exciting performances at our road race for more than a decade,”
said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee. “We are very pleased to welcome him
back to Manchester this Thanksgiving, and to honor him for all the contributions that he has made to our
race.”
Gregorek ran personal best times of 3:51 for the mile and 8:18 for the 3000 meter steeplechase. He qualified
for the United States Olympic team in the steeplechase as a college sophomore in 1980, but did not compete
that year due to the U.S. boycott of the Moscow Games. Gregorek subsequently ran in the steeplechase at
the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and in the 5000 meters at the 1987 World Track & Field Championships.
After he ended his professional athletic career, the Seekonk, Mass. resident served for nearly a decade as the
distance running coach at Brown University. He is currently employed as a representative of the ASICS
Corporation.
Gregorek is married to Christine Mullen Gregorek, who was an All-American at Georgetown and the NCAA
champion in the 600 and 1000 meters. Their son, Johnny, is an elite athlete who ran a 3:49 indoor mile earlier
this year in Boston. Johnny Gregorek was an All-American runner for Columbia University and the University
of Oregon. He finished in 15th place at the 2015 MRR. John and Johnny hold the record for the fastest mile
times ever recorded by a father and son. Including Chris, whose personal record in the mile was 4:29, the
Gregoreks also own the world’s fastest average father-mother-son mile time.
John Gregorek, a four-time
Manchester Road Race champion
who was known
for his
exciting
finishes on
Main Street,
will serve as
the honorary
chairperson of
this year’s
annual
Thanksgiving
Day run.
Gregorek, 59, was an All-American
runner at Georgetown University and
a U.S. Olympic Team member. He
competed in the MRR 11 times
between 1985 and 1996, winning
four races that were all decided at
the finish line.
In 1988, Gregorek beat two-time
winner John Doherty to the tape by
two seconds and won the road race
with a time of 21:30. His winning
margins were even smaller in 1989,
1991 and 1993, when his famous
finishing kick propelled him to
one-second victories over the
second-place runners in each race.
Gregorek also placed second twice,
notched a pair of third-place finishes,
and had two other top-ten
showings during the 11 years that he
competed at the MRR.
“John compiled an amazing record
of consistent successes and exciting
performances at our road race for
more than a decade,” said Dr. Tris
Carta, President of the Manchester
Road Race Committee. “We are very
pleased to welcome him back to
Manchester this Thanksgiving, and to
honor him for all the contributions
that he has made to our race.”
Gregorek ran personal best times of
3:51 for the mile and 8:18 for the
3000 meter steeplechase. He
qualified for the United States
Olympic team in the steeplechase as
a college sophomore in 1980, but
did not compete that year due to the
U.S. boycott of the Moscow
Games. Gregorek subsequently ran
in the steeplechase at the 1984 Los
Angeles Olympics, and in the 5000
meters at the 1987 World Track &
Field Championships.
After he ended his professional
athletic career, the Seekonk, Mass.
resident served for nearly a decade
as the distance running coach at
Brown University. He is currently
employed as a representative of the
ASICS Corporation.
Gregorek is married to Christine
Mullen Gregorek, who was an
All-American at Georgetown and the
NCAA champion in the 600 and 1000
meters. Their son, Johnny, is an
elite athlete who ran a 3:49 indoor
mile earlier this year in Boston.
Johnny Gregorek was an
All-American runner for Columbia
University and the University of
Oregon. He finished in 15th place at
the 2015 MRR. John and Johnny
hold the record for the fastest mile
times ever recorded by a father and
son. Including Chris, whose personal
record in the mile was 4:29, the
Gregoreks also own the world’s
fastest average father-mother-son
mile time.
John Gregorek, a four-time Manchester Road Race champion who was
known for his exciting finishes on Main Street, will serve as the honorary
chairperson of this year’s annual Thanksgiving Day run.
Gregorek, 59, was an All-American runner
at Georgetown University and a U.S.
Olympic Team member. He competed in
the MRR 11 times between 1985 and
1996, winning four races that were all
decided at the finish line.
In 1988, Gregorek beat two-time winner
John Doherty to the tape by two seconds
and won the road race with a time of
21:30. His winning margins were even
smaller in 1989, 1991 and 1993, when his
famous finishing kick propelled him to
one-second victories over the
second-place runners in each race.
Gregorek also placed second twice, notched a pair of third-place finishes,
and had two other top-ten showings during the 11 years that he competed
at the MRR.
“John compiled an amazing record of consistent successes and exciting
performances at our road race for more than a decade,” said Dr. Tris Carta,
President of the Manchester Road Race Committee. “We are very pleased
to welcome him back to Manchester this Thanksgiving, and to honor him
for all the contributions that he has made to our race.”
Gregorek ran personal best times of 3:51 for the mile and 8:18 for the
3000 meter steeplechase. He qualified for the United States Olympic team
in the steeplechase as a college sophomore in 1980, but did not compete
that year due to the U.S. boycott of the Moscow Games. Gregorek
subsequently ran in the steeplechase at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics,
and in the 5000 meters at the 1987 World Track & Field Championships.
After he ended his professional athletic career, the Seekonk, Mass. resident
served for nearly a decade as the distance running coach at Brown
University. He is currently employed as a representative of the ASICS
Corporation.
Gregorek is married to Christine Mullen Gregorek, who was an All-American
at Georgetown and the NCAA champion in the 600 and 1000 meters. Their
son, Johnny, is an elite athlete who ran a 3:49 indoor mile earlier this year
in Boston. Johnny Gregorek was an All-American runner for Columbia
University and the University of Oregon. He finished in 15th place at the
2015 MRR. John and Johnny hold the record for the fastest mile times ever
recorded by a father and son. Including Chris, whose personal record in the
mile was 4:29, the Gregoreks also own the world’s fastest average
father-mother-son mile time.
John Gregorek, a four-time Manchester Road Race champion who was known for his exciting
finishes on Main Street, will serve as the honorary chairperson of this year’s annual Thanksgiving
Day run.
Gregorek, 59, was an All-American runner at Georgetown
University and a U.S. Olympic Team member. He competed
in the MRR 11 times between 1985 and 1996, winning four
races that were all decided at the finish line.
In 1988, Gregorek beat two-time winner John Doherty to the
tape by two seconds and won the road race with a time of
21:30. His winning margins were even smaller in 1989, 1991
and 1993, when his famous finishing kick propelled him to
one-second victories over the second-place runners in each
race.
Gregorek also placed second twice, notched a pair of
third-place finishes, and had two other top-ten showings during the 11 years that he competed
at the MRR.
“John compiled an amazing record of consistent successes and exciting performances at our
road race for more than a decade,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race
Committee. “We are very pleased to welcome him back to Manchester this Thanksgiving, and to
honor him for all the contributions that he has made to our race.”
Gregorek ran personal best times of 3:51 for the mile and 8:18 for the 3000 meter
steeplechase. He qualified for the United States Olympic team in the steeplechase as a college
sophomore in 1980, but did not compete that year due to the U.S. boycott of the Moscow
Games. Gregorek subsequently ran in the steeplechase at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and
in the 5000 meters at the 1987 World Track & Field Championships.
After he ended his professional athletic career, the Seekonk, Mass. resident served for nearly a
decade as the distance running coach at Brown University. He is currently employed as a
representative of the ASICS Corporation.
Gregorek is married to Christine Mullen Gregorek, who was an All-American at Georgetown and
the NCAA champion in the 600 and 1000 meters. Their son, Johnny, is an elite athlete who ran a
3:49 indoor mile earlier this year in Boston. Johnny Gregorek was an All-American runner for
Columbia University and the University of Oregon. He finished in 15th place at the 2015 MRR.
John and Johnny hold the record for the fastest mile times ever recorded by a father and son.
Including Chris, whose personal record in the mile was 4:29, the Gregoreks also own the world’s
fastest average father-mother-son mile time.
News
MANCHESTER ROAD RACE ANNOUNCES CHARITABLE DONATIONS
Dateline: 04/28/19

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
Dateline: 08/31/19

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
Dateline: 08/06/19

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REGISTRATION FOR 83rd MANCHESTER ROAD RACE TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 1st
Dateline: 08/06/19

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
DateLine: 09/09/19

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
DateLine: 09/20/19

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.



4.748 Miles
November 28, 2019 ~ 10:00 a.m
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The 83rd Manchester Road Race