King of the Hill adds more thrill to Manchester Road Race

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MANCHESTER - The 78th running of the Manchester Road Race will have just a bit more thrill on the Highland Street Hill. The elite runners have a new reason to step up their game with the introduction of what is called the King and Queen of the Hill Competition. This year, the top runners in both the male and female fields will be eligible to  win an extra one thousand dollars if they are the first to reach the blue line painted at the 2.2 mile marker of the race.

The one catch? The runners must finish the race in the top ten of their respective fields. "It's going to make it a race within a race," said Tris Carta, the Manchester Race Committee Chairman. "It's going to be great excitement for the fans and the elite runners themselves," Carta added.

The cash bonus for the top competitors was, in part, the idea of Dave Prindiville, the Elite Race Coordinator, "it is going to add a little Thanksgiving spice for our runners," he said. Prindiville noted that the field for the fabled race is as strong as it has been in three years. Last year's champ Sam Chelanga will run as will 2012 winner Aaron Braun, and Olympic Steeplechase team member Donn Cabral, from Glastonbury. On the women's side, last year's champ Alice Kamunya returns as does 2012 Olympic silver medalist Sally Kipyego, a 2-time MRR winner.

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