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Manchester, Connecticut
United States
Manchester Road Race Committee
33F / 1C
Total Time = 34m 46s
Overall Rank = 757/8304
Age Group = M60-64
Age Group Rank = 10/299
Pre-race routine:

usual 300 calories 3 hrs prior with coffee/BR stop and long hot shower as it's going to be cold; drove over at 8:30am to get there for 9 and do a warm up run--#3506
Event warmup:

parked near Locust St/Park, past the church; dressed warmly to do warmup; first mile ez, then added 30 sec strides x 4 pushing it up to race pace; felt tight but OK; used inhaler as I was wheezy
  • 34m 46s
  • 4.75 miles
  • 07m 19s  min/mile

Felt tight but OK, very bright and wished I had a visor, kept gloves on and light hat until mile 2; lost my gloves tucking them away but didn't want to give up any time and go back; kept pushing on the hill-which is 2 tiers, then pushed harder after mile2 over the last hill--took ~60 breaths and then the downhill started and I flew; tried to hold pace and then push pace then hold on
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

just sat in the car and tried to get my breath; used my MDI again

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

There is no where else to be on Thanksgiving than in Manchester running the road race. It's been a staple in our house for decades. Both kids ran (bandited) and we all talked about our experiences later at home. Love the costumes. A bit chilly but in reality 40-50 degrees is perfect. A new record was set today-nice!

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Last updated: 2022-11-24 12:00 AM
00:34:46 | 04.75 miles | 07m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/299
Overall: 753/8304
7:13/8:09/7:08/7:03/5:23 140av/150max
Course: usual MRR course
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2022-11-24 11:40 AM

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South Windsor, CT
Subject: Manchester Road Race

2022-11-28 2:01 PM
in reply to: #5283505

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Middle River, Maryland
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Subject: RE: Manchester Road Race

Great race, Dale.  And am I reading that right - 8K racers on Thanksgiving??!!!  That's no YMCA Turkey Trot.  LOL

2022-11-29 6:24 AM
in reply to: jmhpsu93

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South Windsor, CT
Subject: RE: Manchester Road Race
yeah, this race is perennially a big deal and very well attended-often close to the max of 15,000 people and that doesn't count the thousands of bandits/non-registered runners who jump on the course for a bit just for the experience of it

its' one of the largest in NE-behind Boston and NY marathons and is the largest road race in CT

the only other race that is close is New Haven Road Race (20K and 5K) @ ~5-7K
(Falmouth RR (7mile) in Mass has about 13K ppl)

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