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

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Dateline: 11/6/17
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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.
Olympian Amy Rudolph, the most successful female competitor in the history of the Manchester Road Race, will serve as the honorary chairperson of this year’s Thanksgiving Day race.

Rudolph ran in the road race 14 times between 1995 and 2010. She won a record five championships, placed second five times, was third twice, and had two other top-15 finishes during that period.

Rudolph won the 1995 MRR at age 22, in her first attempt, with a time of 24:24.  She posted her fastest time on the course---24:23---seven years later when she finished second at the 2001 road race.
Dateline: 9/10/18
A 10-time All-American and two-time national champion at Providence College, Rudolph was the first woman athlete to place among the top 25 overall finishers at the MRR.  She came in 24th overall when she claimed her fourth woman’s title here in 2000.  A field of 11,561 registered runners entered the race that year.

In 2002, when she won here for the fifth time, Rudolph finished 22nd overall.  That is the highest overall placement achieved to date by a female athlete at the MRR.

“Amy has a remarkable record of consistently excellent performances at our race,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee.  “She has a huge number of fans and friends in Manchester, and we are extremely pleased that she has agreed to serve as our honorary chairperson this year.”

Rudolph placed 10th in the 5000 meters at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.  Earlier that year, the Kane, Pennsylvania native set an American record of 14:56.04 for the 5000 meters. She was the U.S.A Track & Field champion in the indoor 3000 meters in 1997 and 2002, and in the outdoor 10,000 meters in 2006.  She also competed in the 5000 meters at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Rudolph retired from professional running in 2011. She is married to Irish Olympian and 3000 meter national record holder Mark Carroll, who won the MRR in 1998 and 2000. The couple live in Des Moines, Iowa, where Carroll is the director of track and cross country operations for Drake University. Rudolph was recently appointed the associate head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at Iowa State University.  Amy and Mark, who married in 2005, are both expected to attend this year’s road race and some of the other race-week events.

“Manchester has a special place in our hearts,” said Rudolph.  “I am honored and excited about serving as the honorary chairperson.  The people in the community and the atmosphere on race day make it a very special road race.”
Dateline: 9/19/18

There will be a bigger payday this November for the top three male and female finishers at the Manchester Road Race.

Race officials announced today that this year’s male and female champions will earn $7000.  The winners previously received $4000.

The second place prize in each division has been increased from $3000 to $4000.  Third place finishers will be awarded $3000, a bump of $500.

“We hold our road race each year to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and a number of other charities and non-profit organizations,” said Dr. Tris Carta, President of the Manchester Road Race Committee.  “But it is necessary to increase the prizes for our top three finishers in order to continue to attract the world’s best elite runners to compete here.”

Carta said that the committee will continue to offer a $1000 special bonus to the first man and woman to ascend the course’s Highland Street hill during the race.  A prize of $2000 is also offered for anyone breaking the male or female course record.

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 won the women’s championship and set a new course record of 23:57 last year.

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

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

Location: Bennet Soccer Field

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9/19/19 Road Race to increase prizes for top three finishers

9/10/18 Rudolph named honorary chair of Manchester Road Race

8/2/18  Registration for the 82nd Manchester Road Race to open on September 1st

7/16/18 Race Mourns Passing of McCormack

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Little Manchester Road Race
4.748 Miles
November 22, 2018 ~ 10:00 a.m
The 82nd Manchester Road Race