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Last year’s Manchester City Marathon. Courtesy photo.




9th Annual Anthem Manchester City Marathon

Where: Downtown Manchester, at Radisson Hotel and Veterans Park
When: Health and Wellness Expo is on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marathon begins at 8:50 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.
Cost: Ranges from $90 to $160 depending on the marathon option
Visit: manchestercitymarathon.com 




Going the distance
Manchester hosts marathon, kids fitness fest

10/29/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Get ready to run at the 9th Annual Anthem Manchester City Marathon, happening Sunday, Nov. 1, with pre-race activities starting on Saturday, Oct. 31. The Marathon attracts around 1,000 runners each year and is a 2017 Boston Marathon qualifier. It includes a full marathon, half marathon and relay.

“We’ve had representation from over 30 states,” said Larry Gagnon, Manchester Marathon Association Board Chair. “I think it’s attractive to runners because it’s in the fall, it’s a good course and as a Boston Marathon qualifier, it gives those first-time marathoners a chance to challenge themselves with a smaller crowd [than Boston].”  
Marathon Weekend begins with the Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. The expo features more than two dozen exhibitors with the latest in sports and wellness products, running apparel and accessories, plus screenings and health tips.
Also at the expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Kids’ Fitness Festival, hosted by Granite YMCA. The festival has a variety of free activities to teach kids about healthy living, including an obstacle course, games, prizes and making signs to cheer on the marathon runners.
“The marathon was created to be a health and fitness event that would benefit the whole Manchester community,” Gagnon said. “It’s competitive for runners but at the same time provides healthy activities that appeal to kids and families.”
The race will launch at 8:50 a.m. on Sunday from “Athletes Village,” better known as Veterans Park. The full marathon is 26.2 miles and the half marathon is 13.1 miles. The full course covers a wide area of the city, running through the millyard, up to the North End, across the river to the West Side and ending back at Veterans Park. There will be water stops at every 2-mile mark. 
Online registration closes on Thursday, Oct. 29, at midnight. The final opportunity to register will be at the Sports and Wellness Expo on Saturday; there is no race-day registration. All runners must pick up their race packets at the expo as well. Registration costs are $100 for the full marathon, $90 for the half marathon, $160 for the full-marathon relay and $80 for the half-marathon relay. Proceeds benefit several local nonprofits.
If you aren’t running but still want to join in the excitement, inquire about volunteering or simply come as a spectator and show your support for the runners.
“It’s fantastic for a runner to go down a hill, then charge back up and see someone cheering them on,” Gagnon said, “so we hope people will come out that day.” 





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