Traditions from the Manchester Road Race

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MANCHESTER  - Every year brings goofballs and die-hards, the elite, and the not-so-elite. In Manchester, the holidays explode each Thanksgiving morning with a shotgun start.

In 1927, a dozen runners decided to stretch their legs before sitting down at the table. The captain of the high school cross country team led the way. There were 9 runners in the original race.

There have been some hurdles. The race went into hiatus during The Great Depression and WWII until 1945.

The first woman ran in 1961, but a woman's entrance wasn't officially recorded until 1974.

The Manchester Road Race is a tradition 78 years old and 78 years strong.


For more stories about the Manchester Road Race, go here.

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