Manchester Running Company is teaming up with MMNT CPA’s, The MMNT Foundation and the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity to bring you the Beards & Beers 5k on November 21st in Manchester and South Windsor. The race, which nearly 250 runners in its first year, is aimed at helping raise funds and awareness for men’s health in the region. The Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity is part of Saint Francis Care and Medical Center.
The race will start and finish just outside MMNT’s headquarters on Chapel Road in Manchester and is very flat and very fast; last year’s winner, Sam Alexander ran 14:58 (full results from 2014 here). The course will be closed to traffic and travels into portions of South Windsor, it will finish with a long straightaway that is ever so slightly downhill. You can check out the course map here.
Registration will be just $25 until the end of October, the price will then jump up to a very affordable $30 until November 20th at which point it will increase slightly again to $35 for race day – moral of the story, register ahead of time to save some money!
The event, while man-themed, welcomes and encourages women and children of course. What better way to spend a Saturday morning then admiring men’s beards while they run as fast as they can over 5k? Prizes will be available for the top 2 in each of the standard age categories (under 18 and then every 10 years) and we’ll give out some cash prizes to the top three men and women overall. Following the mid-morning race (11 a.m. start), we’ll have a manly post-race party with a live band, pizza, beers and a few other treats to go along with it.
Parking for the race will be available at Raymour & Flanigan on Chapel Rd. Please do not park at MMNT – that’s where the start/finish, registration, restrooms and all the fun is; you’d be raining on the parade if you parked there.
The Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity is a pretty awesome organization and they are looking out for our man parts with patient education, early diagnosis, health screens, and monthly support, including financial support, for those with or at risk for prostate cancer and things of that nature.
A few other housekeeping items: the race will be chip timed, it’s an awesome tune up for the Manchester Road Race, results will be up soon after the race, it’s rain or shine, and finally we’re going to have a great time.
The race address is 160 Chapel Rd. in Manchester.