Run the Anthem Manchester City Marathon, this Year the USATF New England Championship
Welcome to the Anthem Manchester City Marathon, Marathon Relay and Half Marathon; a spectacular tour of New Hampshire’s Queen City! It is the seventh annual running Sunday, November 3, 2013, an event that has gotten better and better each year. This is the first year to feature this highly regarded race as the USATF-New England Championship!
Posted Monday, 30 September, 2013
Excitement is building for the Anthem Manchester City Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay. This fascinating and challenging course will take you on a historic tour through quaint downtown, and into the lovely and diverse neighborhoods of this mill city. You will twice cross the Merrimack River and run along the historic mill buildings once powered by the Merrimack with a network of canals. By running this New England fall marathon you will be part of something novel and historic: this is the first year this race is featured as the USATF-New England Championship! It has been included for good reason: delightful and intriguing course, highly competitive field, expertly organized race, great community support, and a super family-friendly environment.
This is a race you will be raving about! I know I still do after an enjoyable run last year. Not only is it a fun and ever-changing course, but Manchester is an extremely interesting place to visit. It is the largest city in New Hampshire and was once one of the largest producers of textiles in the world—one of the many Mill Cities along the Merrimack River that produced more fabric than any place on earth.
It remains a bustling urban center in the mostly rural Granite State, with a lot happening in technology, education, art, food and culture. Manchester is located in southern New Hampshire, and is just 50 minutes north of Boston. It is easy to get to from points north and south – and accessed by Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and Interstate 93. Manchester is an ideal New England race destination because there is so much to do and see; the proximity makes this city very accessible to out-of-town runners, and it is close to all that New Hampshire has to offer.
I ran this race a destination marathon myself and made memories to last a lifetime. This is a challenging Boston Qualifier, with some rolling hills and a memorable incline to one of the city’s highest points. It has outstanding views of the city and will show New England’s autumn foliage at its peak. Scenery along this course is ever-changing, from bustling main streets of the city and a serene park path to the river racing to the Atlantic. There are neighborhoods filled with excited families and proud Manchester citizens cheering at every turn. This marathon is definitely in my top five racing experiences!
"The USATF New England Grand Prix Marathon and Championship is right here in our back yard--challenging and fun and local." Richie
The Anthem Manchester City Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay provide a race distance for everyone. Yes, the marathon is the star, especially as part of the USATF Grand Prix, but the Half Marathon, Relay and Kids’ Marathon are a huge part of this racing event and community involvement. In 2012 there were nearly 2,000 participants in the half and full marathon. These numbers are expected to grow this year, and the field will be much more competitive.
The relay is a terrific option for those runners wanting shorter mileage and an equally powerful sense of camaraderie. The Relay option offers a 4 person/4 leg relay. The distances range from 4.8 to 8.5 miles. And of course, all levels of athletes are encouraged to run, jog or walk: you are welcome as a pro at a 5:00 minute pace or as a novice running her first ever organized race. It gives many runners the opportunity to participate in a first class distance event.
Runners will journey through nearly all of Manchester’s neighborhoods - up and down hills on the city’s east side, over wooded trails, across the rushing Merrimack River, and through west side neighborhoods, and back to Veteran’s Park. The course takes you through Manchester's renowned mill yard and towards the North End along many of Manchester's historic landmarks. The course includes portions of three different rail trails, which breaks the monotony of road/street-running.
After starting on Elm Street heading south, runners head north on Commercial Street, flanked by revitalized brick mill buildings on both sides. Once beyond the mills, runners hit the first incline and head into the city’s North End, passing a mix of modern homes, historic houses and community parks as well as hundreds of cheering spectators. Once you crest the hill on River Road, take a right turn onto Union Street and then a left onto Campbell to shake out the legs on a little downhill section before turning right and heading off road onto some easy trails by Dorrs Pond at Livingston Park.
"I ran this race a destination marathon and made memories to last a lifetime." Traci Joy
Water stops with water and sports drink will be found every two miles starting at mile three. After a reprieve on the trails, runners cross the street and navigate a small hill to take in more east-side neighborhoods, running along Belmont Street and another slight uphill onto traffic-free Reservoir Avenue around mile 8. Runners enjoy a flat Bridge Street Extenion before turning left onto Candia Road. Miles 11 to 16 brings runners onto a trail and then along scenic Lake Massabesic. At mile 17 runners tackle a short uphill before the steady downhill back to Elm Street. At miles 19-20 the course enters downtown again before heading into a fan-frenzied six-mile loop, including a mile on a paved bike path and a beautiful footbridge over the Merrimack River. You will be probably concentrating on the finish, but take time to enjoy the beauty and unique character of this course.
After a run through the historic millyard, marathoners turn south on Elm Street for the triumphant finish. They can revel in the crowds lining Elm Street and listen for names announced as they cross the finish line. Then they will collect those well-deserved medals and head into the Athlete’s Village for some much-deserved post-marathon chili and other goodies. Runners can relax in the Village while listening to live music or grab a post-marathon massage as a reward for a well-run race!
November 3rd is ideal in New Hampshire for foliage and offers terrific running weather in the Queen City: 55 degrees is average high and average low of 34 (mean 45), so it is generally ideal for long distance.
Join the celebrations at Athlete’s Village located in Veterans’ Park at 743 Elm Street. This is immediately adjacent to finish line, so you will not have to go far to be pampered and get some good grub after your rewarding race. There will be live music and total party atmosphere filled with food, beverages and tons of family fun. Massage therapists will be on hand to provide post-race treatment to enhance recovery and aid relaxation.
Register Today! http://www.cityofmanchestermarathon.com/registration.php
The Anthem Kids’ Marathon: Miles to a Healthy Future The Anthem Manchester Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay will again feature the Anthem Kids’ Marathon on Saturday, November 2nd at Livingston Park in Manchester. This free event emphasizes health and fitness for kids to help integrate physical activity in their day-to-day lives.
The unique Kids Marathon brings children from different Manchester and surrounding schools together to run the last few miles of their marathon run. In the months building up to race day, kids from grades 1 through 8 accumulate miles by running and other fitness-related activities. Runner’s Alley, a runners’ specialty store with a location in Manchester, offers a free training program for kids to help them safely build 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; it is free, and it’s the perfect way to keep kids moving!
Anthem Sports and Wellness Expo
The Anthem Manchester City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo will be held at the conveniently located Radisson Hotel at 700 Elm Street across from Veteran’s Park. This free event, which is open to the public, takes place on Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00.p.m. And it’s sure to have something for everyone!
Runners must visit the expo to pick up their packets, which include a long-sleeve wicking custom Anthem Manchester City Marathon T-shirt and additional goodies. Family and friends will want to visit the Expo to check out exhibition booths for information and products on health, fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyle. Expo attendees can also participate in free health screenings and get a flu shot.
Manchester, Destination Racing Adventure
There is so much to do in Manchester! First of all, there is extraordinary history and if you are a history buff this destination is very worthwhile. Bring an excellent racing adventure and good food into the mix? This city is very family friendly, with something for everyone in your group.
Visit the Millyard Museum (http://www.manchesterhistoric.org/millyard-museum) located at the corners of Commercial and Pleasant streets in the historic Amoskeag Millyard. This museum offers a glimpse into New Hampshire’s history, including the native people who lived there over 11,000 years. It explains the beginning of the Industrial era and the technology that brought power to the Manchester mills. Within the same building is the SEE Science Center, a great discovery museum for kids and parents alike (http://www.see-sciencecenter.org/).
You can also visit the Hew Hampshire Historical Society, which was founded in 1823, and offers really interesting exhibits such as “Home, School, and Studio: Women Artists and New Hampshire,” which will be on display until December 31, 2013. For more art, visit the famed Currier Museum of Art, which offers a glimpse into the wide world of contemporary art and exhibits such artists as Georgia O’Keefe and Picasso. The Currier Museum also includes the Frank Lloyd Wright structure, the Zimmerman House. Visit their website for more information: http://www.currier.org/
The natural beauty of the area attracts tourists from all over the world. Nearby are the White Mountains, with their rich, stunning fall colors and the gorgeous Atlantic Coast. The rail trails in Manchester provide excellent running, walking and biking adventures, so there are plenty of activities for everyone.
Making a Difference in Manchester
Since 2007, the Anthem Manchester City Marathon’s major benefactor has been The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester. In 2012 they also donated to Webster House, New Horizons, Child and Family Services and Pulmonary Fibrosis.
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. 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.
See why running a marathon or half marathon in the Granite State truly serves the community. The excitement starts even before race day - with the Anthem Health and Fitness Expo and Kids Marathon on Saturday. The start for all races is November 3rd, 2013 at 8:50 a.m. and will be broadcast live on WMUR-TV’s morning news.
This year the Anthem Manchester City Marathon is the USATF-New England Championship. If you are part of a USATF club team make sure you are on the team roster submitted for the event. Or if you are an individual runner you should commit to this goal as soon as possible. This will be a big deal! So what are you waiting for? Get the team, family or a group of friends and make this an enjoyable racing destination, a New England road trip. Whether running the Grand Prix or an individual race, you will not want to miss out on this terrific opportunity and awesome race weekend in one of New England’s most interesting cities. Sign up today for the Manchester City Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay!
Manchester, NH: http://www.manchesternh.gov/