MANCHESTER -- Thanksgiving morning was cold and overcast in 1996 when thousands of runners started the Manchester Road Race.
Khalid Khonnouchi and Amy Rudolph won the race in the Men's and Women's division.
This year's race kicks off Thursday, November 23. Registration for the 81st Manchester Road Race is open. Racers will not be able to register on the day of the event.
The cost is $27 through Sunday, Nov 5, and $32 thereafter. Race registrations are non-refundable. The registration fee applies whether you are running or walking the race.
Road race registration is limited to 15,000 participants. Online registration is open until Noon EST on Thursday, Nov 16 or until there are 14,000 registered runners. If organizers have not reached 15,000 participants at the Walk-In Registration at the Sports Expo, online registration will re-open Sunday, Nov 19 by noon and will close on Tuesday, Nov 21 at Noon EST or when they reach 15,000, whichever happens first.
Organizers will also hold a blood drive Friday for the American Red Cross Blood Bank, at Manchester High School, on November 24, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Entrance to the blood bank will be located in the rear of the high school.