Manchester, NH January 10, 2007 – The Manchester Marathon Association announced today that the inaugural Manchester City Marathon will run on Sunday, November 4, 2007; a separate half marathon will run at the same time, both races starting and ending in downtown Manchester.
There has not been a full marathon in Manchester since the old New England Marathon of Manchester in the 1930’s drawing all the big names, including Clarence DeMar, Tarzan Brown, Jock Semple, and Fred Brown. For nearly a decade, the old race was considered one of the premier events in New England distance running. Highlights of that race included Tarzan Brown challenging “Mr. Marathon” DeMar, falling just short at the very end. Brown won subsequent back-to-back marathons—in New York on Saturday and Manchester the following day--after a whirlwind overnight train ride. Thousands lined the highways for a glimpse of these legends.
Now New England’s Marathon is back, running in New Hampshire’s largest city!
This is the first new Marathon in the Northeast in several years, and is generating a lot of excitement.
Manchester is building for the future, and is becoming a big time sports town once again. It is home to the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs, who play in the
state-of-the-art Verizon Wireless Arena, and the AA Eastern League New Hampshire Fisher Cats, who also have a terrific new home, MerchantsAuto.com Stadium.
Manchester will now be home to a major Marathon too!
History and tradition aside, these races will bring an entirely new dimension to distance racing, not only to the Granite State and in New England generally. They will start and finish in Downtown Manchester, with race headquarters set for the Athlete’s Village at Veteran’s Park on Elm Street. On Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd, the Radisson Hotel will host the Sports and Health Exposition. Vendor applications are now being accepted for space at this two-day event.
Organizers expect a large and competitive field in both races, offering substantial prize money for each: There will be $12,500 awarded in the marathon, and $6,800 in the half marathon. There will be an emphasis on teams as well as individuals: The top team in the marathon will take home $750, while the team winners in the half will earn $500. Individual winners will earn $1,500 in the marathon and $1,000 in the half marathon. There will also be cash prizes for the top five marathoners, and top three half marathoners, along with monetary prizes for the top three masters in each race, and first New Hampshire woman and man in each. Additionally, there will be non-cash prizes for the first three racers in five different age groups through 70+. Beautiful long-sleeved tech shirts will also be given to the first 1,000 pre-registered racers.
There will be live music and family entertainment for the pre-race and post-race festivities at Athletes Village. There will be a unique Soup Taste Test Challenge, with many area restaurants offering their special recipes to all in attendance. The post celebration will also include a variety of food and beverage items for all.
Yankee Timing will provide chip timing for accurate and immediate results with both courses USATF certified. The marathon will be a BAA Boston qualifier.
Any potential medical issues will be handled by one of New England’s best medical providers and Presenting Sponsor of the Half Marathon, the Elliot Hospital.
A portion of the proceeds from the each race will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation nationally, and the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, locally.
On-line registration is available at www.ManchesterCityMarathon.com, or through the Cool Running Calendar at www.coolrunning.com.
Inquiries and applications by mail should be sent to:
Manchester City Marathon
P.O. Box 933
Manchester, NH 03105-0933