Anthem Manchester City Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, November 4th
This Sunday marks the sixth annual Anthem Manchester City Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay. Enjoy the new course and experience the Queen City and its history as you run through the flourishing downtown, along historic mill buildings and through welcoming neighborhoods. Yes, be part of something spectacular this fall.
Posted Monday, 29 October, 2012
Come meet Bill Rodgers and enjoy the new and more scenic course going east to Lake Massabesic. The excitement starts even before race day—Bill Rodgers will be present to chat and for photo ops at the star-studded Health and Fitness Expo and Kids Marathon on Saturday. The excitement carries through to the starting gun on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 8:50 a.m. The start will be broadcast live on WMUR-TV’s morning news, as it has from the beginning. And the thrills only build from there, as runners embark on a journey through nearly all of Manchester’s neighborhoods—up and down hills on the city’s east side, over wooded trails, along famous Lake Massabesic, along the paved rail trail, and back to Veteran’s Park. There’s also an early start option, which allows runners to hit the streets at 7:50 a.m. if they expect to run the marathon in more than five hours.
The marathon, half marathon and first leg of the four-person marathon relay all start near Veteran’s Park on Elm Street and just a block from the Athlete’s Village (Veterans Park), where runners can stretch, hydrate, warm up and prepare for the race ahead. Registration is open now; visit http://cityofmanchestermarathon.com/registration.htm to sign up today!
Exciting New Course
Much of the excitement for the 6th Annual Anthem Manchester City Marathon is because of the new course! Yes, they have changed the marathon course and made it not only more scenic, but more runner-friendly. The course takes you through Manchester's renowned mill yard and up towards the North End through many of Manchester's landmarks. Runners will see several fun and unique attractions throughout their 26.2-mile journey. The new marathon course eliminates the twists and turns on the west Side of Manchester and adds views of beautiful Lake Massabesic. It also incorporates a nicely paved rail trail toward the end of the course just before the Hands Across the Merrimack Bridge. The new course has been certified and is, of course, a Boston qualifier.
Both the full marathon and half marathon are very well supported by the city and the neighborhoods and will provide a great tour of Manchester and a memorable flavor of the Queen City.
Soak in the crowds lining Elm Street and listen for your name as you cross the finish line. Then collect your medal and head into the Athlete’s Village for some much-deserved post-marathon chili. Relax in the village while listening to some live music or grab a post-marathon massage to reward yourself for a race well run.
An All-Star Expo at a Five-Star Race
The Anthem Manchester City Marathon Health and Fitness expo will be held at the conveniently located Radisson Hotel on Elm Street. This free event, which is open to the public, takes place on Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And it’s sure to have something for everyone! Chat with Boston Billy while your there. He will also be helping with the race start and the awards.
Runners must visit the expo to pick up their packets, which include a long-sleeve wicking custom Manchester City Marathon shirt as well as some extra goodies geared specifically to runners. Family and friends will want to visit the expo to check out exhibitor booths for information and products on health, fitness, nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Expo attendees can also participate in free health screenings and get a free flu shot.
Kids’ Marathon: Miles to a Healthy Future
The Anthem Manchester Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay will again feature the Kids’ Marathon on Saturday, November 3rd at Livingston Park in Manchester. This free event emphasizes health and fitness starting at a young age to help integrate physical activity in kids’ day-to-day lives.
The unique Kids' Marathon brings children from Manchester schools, as well as surrounding towns and cities, together to run the last few miles of their marathon run. In the months building up to race day, kids in grades 1 through 8 accumulate miles by running or participating in other fitness-related activities. Runner’s Alley, which has locations in Nashua, Manchester and Portsmouth, will offer a free training program for kids starting this August to help them safely build up miles and prepare for their marathon race. All Kids’ Marathon finishers will receive a commemorative Finisher’s prize and a t-shirt. Register early for this great activity; yes, it is free. It’s the perfect way to keep kids moving throughout the summer break!
Making a Difference at Manchester
In 2008, the Manchester City Marathon began its charity partner program, allowing runners to raise money for causes that are important to them. Charities associated with the race include the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, New Hampshire Legal Assistance, Child and Family Services, New Hampshire Food Bank, and the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Runners can also raise money for a charity that isn’t a direct partner with the race. For more information, visit http://cityofmanchestermarathon.com/charities.htm. And making a difference is easy! Simply select the charity you’re fundraising for when registering online and you’ll receive information on how to set up your personal donation website page.
Boston’s Within Reach—In More Ways Than One
This November’s Anthem Manchester City Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay has a race distance for everyone. Easy to get to from points north and south—and only a few miles from the Manchester Boston Regional airport and Interstate 93—Manchester is the perfect race getaway location—just off the Granite Street Exit from Route 3! With so many great local hotels, restaurants and museums in downtown Manchester, ample parking, as well as the nearby White Mountains, rich in stunning fall colors; and the beautiful seacoast, I couldn’t think of a better time or place for a weekend of racing!