Pictures: The 80th running of the Manchester Road Race

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Road Race marked a milestone year in 2016.

Thursday was the 80th running of what has become not only an athletic event, but a time for friends to gather, people to dress in costumes, greet neighbors  and give thanks.

It seems everyone has a heartfelt reason for participating.There are families that run together, sometimes in theme costumes. Many are running with someone, for someone or in memory of someone.

It’s a special day in Manchester, and a great way to kick off the holiday season.