Manchester Thanksgiving Day Road Race
So its not really the time of year for mention of this race, but I just signed up for a different race and it made me think of this one. The Manchester Thanksgiving Day Road Race is an epic event for people who live in Manchester, once lived in Manchester and some outsiders as well. Pretty much everyone that lives in Manchester spends their Thanksgiving Morning running the race or watching the race, and trust me, its no small potatoes. Last year, they capped the race at 15,000 runners, but still many join in the festivities without a bib or shoe tracker. A few runners actually try to win the race, or place well, but most of these people live outside the US and here solely for the race. The vast majority of the runners do it for fun, and many people even dress up!
Every year, for 9 years, two of my high-school running buddies and I dressed up in old brides-maid dresses from the 80’s. Its funny too because we will go the whole year without saying a word to each other and like clock-work, around 9PM the night before thanksgiving we will somehow get in touch with each other and say, “ok so meet at 9 tomorrow for the race?” Some of the other staples would be Safety Man, the Blues Brothers, Santa and his reindeer and even a group that run as the Manchester Silk Worm.
Whether you are competitively running the race, running with a few old friends, cheering on someone, or simply using the race as an excuse to drink a morning beer, the race announcer states it best just before the gun goes off: “This is Thanksgiving in Manchester”