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Apr 25, 2019








Manchester’s marathon returns. Courtesy photo.

Manchester City Marathon, powered by SNHU

When: Sunday, Nov. 6 (registration and pick-up begins at 7 a.m.; full marathon, half marathon and relays kick off at 8:50 a.m.; 5K kicks off at 9 a.m.)
Where: All races begin and end at Veterans Memorial Park, 889 Elm St., Manchester
Cost: $95 pre-registration and $110 race day for the full marathon; $85 pre-registration and $100 race day for the half marathon; $190 pre-registration and $220 race day for the four-person full marathon relay; $95 pre-registration and $110 race day for the two-person half marathon relay; and $30 pre-registration and $35 race day for the 5K run or walk.

Off and running
Manchester marathon returns with new route and a 5K

By Matt Ingersoll

 Test your speed at the Manchester City Marathon, powered by SNHU, which kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 8:50 a.m. A Boston Marathon qualifier, the event consists of a full marathon, a half marathon, a relay and a 5K walk or run.

The 10th annual event is the first to feature Southern New Hampshire University as the sponsor and Millennium Running as the director and official timer — and it returns with a completely revamped route. It has also been selected as a marathon championship in the USA Track & Field New England Grand Prix Series.
“We took stock of all of the great things that have been done in the past, and we found things to improve the event in the future,” said John Mortimer, Millennium Running owner. “Most immediately, we refined the course to make it a little more runner-friendly with eliminating some of the extremely challenging hills on the existing course … and also making it more municipality-friendly by avoiding some of the busier intersections.”
Mortimer said while the course of the race has traditionally crisscrossed the city, starting and finishing downtown while traveling from east to west and then north to south, the refined route does not go any farther east than Mammoth Road. Nearly four dozen members of the Manchester Police and Fire Departments and a team from Catholic Medical Center will be hired to preserve all of the race’s perimeters.
All route lengths will depart from an area of Veterans Memorial Park known as “Athlete’s Village.” The 5K portion of the run, which begins about 10 minutes after the others, is also a new feature, Mortimer said. Runners can also register on the morning of the race for the first time, beginning at 7 a.m. Online registrations at slightly lower rates than those on race day close on Friday, Nov. 4, at noon.
“With race-day registration and the added benefit of the 5K, these are some of the expanded fields that we wanted to allow registrants on race day,” he said.
Previous marathons have included wellness events throughout the weekend such as the Health & Wellness Expo. Mortimer said this year Millennium Running will present various sponsors for several nights leading up to the day of the race at its retail store. Early bib pick-ups will also be available each day at the store. The themes began on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m., with “Tasty Tuesday,” a nutrition sampling event.
“Every night we’ll have a different theme,” Mortimer said. “We’ll have a massage therapist in house to provide amenities, for instance, and we’ll have Hoka, a major footwear sponsor, give details on footwear products. … That all ends on Saturday, right before the race.”
Runners will compete for a combined $8,400 in prize money, with individual amounts broken down by gender and age groups. Half of that overall amount is awarded to the top race-finishing individuals, while the other is awarded to participating teams.
Because the race is a qualifier, it has often seen thousands of runners from all across the country, Mortimer said.
“The fact that it’s a marathon certainly draws from a larger audience further away,” he said, “and a nice byproduct of [Millennium Running] being involved is that it will help showcase our store and the events we do to that audience, so hopefully they will enjoy their experience and come visit again.” 

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