Founded in 2009, Manchester Running Company is proud to be Manchester, Connecticut’s marquee running club and event management firm. Directed and operated by [greater] Manchester residents, MRC is home to your community of runners and walkers. MRC hosts numerous events throughout the year and sponsors a rapidly growing running club. Our full service coaching offers individualized running plans for beginners to elite runners. We host several training groups which are open to all levels and ages. In addition to these great services, MRC also sells gear and shoes from select brands and offers great discounts to club members. All proceeds from Manchester Running Company’s events benefit a non-profit organization or Manchester public schools.
Manchester has long been the hub of running in the state, annually hosting the CIAC State High School Cross Country Class Championships, State Open Championships, and has hosted the New England Championships several times as well. In addition to the tradition of hosting numerous High School Cross Country Championships, the town draws national attention each year with the Manchester Road Race run on Thanksgiving Day and drawing 15,000 participants.
Manchester is home to some great trails and parks to run in such as Wickham Park, the Rail Trail, Case Mountain, Howard/Porter Reservoir, and many excellent road routes; we tell you about some of these routes in our Where We Run section.
Directors and Administrators
Patrick Byrne (Founder) is a Manchester native and avid runner for the last 23 years and co-founder of Manchester Running Company. Byrne graduated from Manchester High School, under legendary head coach Mike Bendzinski, before going on to earn his degree in Sport Management from Springfield College; Patrick was the assistant coach for Men’s Cross Country at his Alma Mater from 2008-2010. Byrne handles most of the day-to-day operations for MRC.
Byrne’s running career has been an interesting one to say the least; most known among friends for one major incident in the spring of 2001 when he shattered both of his elbows during the steeplechase. Determined to not let a simple injury like that get in the way, Byrne continued to pursue the steeplechase and has since successfully completed the event. Byrne is the Manchester High School record-holder in the 1600-meter race walk. Patrick has competed in countless road races including 24 straight Manchester Road Races, the Manchester (N.H.) City Marathon, the grueling Pikes Peak Marathon, the 2009 and 2015 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C., he took 14th place overall at the 2010 Big Sur International Marathon in Monterey, Calif. and has one Boston Marathon under his belt.
Byrne has an extensive background in Athletic Marketing & Communications, coaching and non-profit administration. He is also the webmaster and Communications Chair for USATF-CT.
Tyler Driscoll, co-founder Emeritus. A native and current resident of Manchester, Driscoll was an assistant track & field coach at Manchester High School, specializing in the mid-distance events from 2008-2010. Driscoll helped lay the foundation for what MRC has become and continues to assist with race-day logistics and offering sound business advice.
Driscoll graduated from Manchester High School where he was a two-year varsity member of the boys cross country team which qualified for the New England Championships under coach Mike Bendzinski. Driscoll was also a state open qualifier in the 800 and a pivotal part of several 4 x 800 meter squads. Tyler went on to graduate with a Political Science and Non-Profit Management degree from the University of Connecticut.
Kathleen Shaw – Women’s Racing Team Coordinator. Kathleen helps get the women’s team organized, racing, and kicking butt around the state! Since Kathleen took over the informal position of women’s racing team director, the squad has done nothing but be successful. The women’s team has placed in the top three of every race on the USATF-CT Grand Prix since June of 2015 and she has helped produce a women’s masters team as well. Kathleen is a crazy good athlete, often winning her age division at races small and large.
David Fusfeld – Social Media Coordinator, Chief Assistant of Everything. Dave is an enthusiastic and rapidly speeding up runner; what started as a way to shed some lbs has turned into an obsession, thanks to MRC. Dave has transitioned from 100 lbs overweight to a 3:10 marathoner and contributing member of MRC’s masters team. Dave is always around to provide a helping hand at events and is a tech extraordinaire, assisting with many aspects of the website along with loads of social media. Dave also provides constructive feedback for all things MRC.