For the ninth consecutive year, Manchester Running Company is thrilled to bring you one of the best ways to kick winter to the curb, the Finally Spring 5k and Kids Run! The race will take place on Saturday, April 8th with the Kids Run going off at 9:30 a.m. and the 5k launching at 10:00 a.m. The racing takes place in the beautiful Howard/Porter Reservoir trail system with all the attention-grabbing stuff (registration, start/finish, restrooms, free goods) taking place just outside Highland Park School. You can register for the event here.
The event, which has quickly become one of the most popular trail races in the state, draws around 300 runners annually, is a moderately challenging course (especially in the first mile) but low key enough where it’s a relaxed atmosphere and not too crowded. Walkers are more than welcome to join us as it makes for a beautiful morning stroll, and we won’t kick you off the course. The cost of the race is only $20 through February 15th.
For the speedsters out there, this is a great race for competition as prize money is available to the top three runners in each gender. The winners last year were John Busque and Anna Shields, who both ran quite fast. You can see the results here. There is also a team component through USATF-CT with the top teams earning some money.
All pre-registered runners are guaranteed a pair of our highly-sought-after MRC running socks, designed and made by SockGuy, a custom bib with your name on it in BIG letters, a closed course with a fast finish, great breakfast spread and some really nice age-group awards. We also plan to sell some t-shirts, which you’ll love, at a very low cost of $12.
The Kids Run, which is only $5, is a wonderful little 1-mile jaunt, mostly taking place on access roads, so it isn’t too technical for the little ones to run on. The Kids Run is completely supervised, but it is timed so there is an element of competition and all the kids will get a finishers medal, and a sweet racing bib. The Kids Run bibs are customized as well, which usually thrills the youth, but you have to register by March 1st to make sure we can get the customization done.