Manchester Road Race Reflections

Today’s Manchester Road Race was fabulous. I’ll be sore tomorrow, as will many others. Still, most of us will feel good as a result of getting outside on Thanksgiving morning to be with thousands of runners and walkers. The vibe was awesome, the weather was just right, and the results were pleasant. Despite not having the best preparation, I ran 27:02 (26:59 chip time) and finished well. The number that stuck out for me was my 188 average heart rate. For me, that is up there. I haven’t seen high numbers like that in a few years, especially now that I’m well into my 30’s.

There were many other notable performances. I briefly scanned the results, and saw a lot of familiar names. Fellow Bolton residents, Ned and Dani Kennedy had excellent races. Ned was third in the Men’s 50-59 age group. Dani was sixth in the Women’s 50-59 age group. Kathy Manizza, also of Bolton, was fifth in the Women’s 50-59 division. Michael Stoker of South Windsor, who is only 12, was second in the under 13 age group with a wicked fast time of 29:39. Yolanda Flamino, formerly of Ellington, was second in the Women’s 30-39 age group. Ray Prest of Ellington, a long time Shenipisit Strider, was first in the 70-79 division. These age group results are just a handful of examples of fabulous running performances by locals.

Fox 61 and the Hartford Courant have good race coverage.

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