Manchester Running Company is pleased to announce dates for the 2016 racing season. MRC operates a handful of races each year with proceeds benefiting local charities and non-profits. In 2015, MRC helped raise nearly $25,000 through local events.
Mark your calendars as we kick off spring a little later this year with the Finally Spring 5k on April 9th. One of the first trail races of the year in the area, the Finally Spring 5k is a moderately challenging, but incredibly scenic run through Howard/Porter Reservoir. The traditional date of the first Saturday in spring has been shelved for a few years due to the intense labor of removing snow and ice. With a few extra weeks of melting, the course should be fairly dry and allow for far fewer hazards. The course measures a touch longer than 5k and as a trail race, you shouldn’t expect to run your fastest 5k here. The proceeds of this race have traditionally benefited Public Allies Connecticut. The Finally Spring 5k also features a Kids Run, which is about 1 mile long and is a great opportunity for the youngsters. ALL pre-registered runners get a sweet pair of MRC running socks (a $9.00 value). Registration is open.
On June 11th, we host our dual race day featuring some of the fastest and most inspiring runners from around New England. The Spring Street Mile is the fastest mile in Connecticut. In 2015, three men broke the four minute barrier with Erik Berg leading the way in 3:55. Four women broke the 4:50 mile mark and Elizabeth Eberhardt is our two-time defending champion. This is a down-hill point-to-point race on Spring Street (surprise!) in Manchester. Registration for the Spring Street Mile is open and is once again the USATF-CT One Mile Road Racing Championship. The mile features a separate race for women, followed by men and new in 2016 will be a kids race.
Following the Spring Street Mile, the Life Without Limits 5k features both able bodied and wheelchair participants. The race benefits United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Hartford and has hosted Team Hoyt New England for the past five years. The world famous tandem of Rick and Dick Hoyt have also come to join in the festivities for several years. The Life Without Limits 5k is a rolling course near the Globe Hollow, Mt. Nebo and Charter Oak park areas. Registration will open in early 2016.[We may be adding a race in the early fall, but we won’t report anything on that until we have approvals.]
The final race of the season is the MMNT Beards & Beers 5k. A runners favorite way to end a long racing season with a flat and fast, certified 5k in Manchester and South Windsor. In addition to the great course, you’ll enjoy fantastic food from Wooster St. Pizza, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and others along with beer samples from five vendors from around the region. We will host the race on November 12, 2016; a week earlier than the last two years to accommodate those looking to up their seed card for the Manchester Thanksgiving Day Road Race. Registration for the 2016 Beards & Beers 5k will open in the spring.
We look forward to seeing you out at all the races!