Thayer Redman, Head Track & Field Coach and Physical Education Teacher at Manchester High School

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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.

(for kids 12 and under)
**Registration Opens October 1st**

Date: Saturday, November 17
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Bennet Soccer Field

Please bring 2 non-perishable food items as a donation towards admission

Detailed Information will be available soon
8/2/18  Registration for the 82nd Manchester Road Race to open on September 1st

7/16/18 Race Mourns Passing of McCormack

5/29/18 Fifteen charities benefit from the Manchester Road Race

11/6/17  A heart-to-heart interview with Thayer Redman, Assistant Race director

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