Manchester Marathon day to draw about 1,700 runners
Manchester City Marathon, Half Marathon and RelayWhen: Sunday, 8:50 a.m.
Start: Elm Street, in front of the Citizens Bank building
Finish: Elm Street, Veterans Memorial Park
More info: www.cityofmanchestermarathon.com
“We’re expecting around 1,700 runners this year,” said race director Jayne Cornell who noted through Monday 474 runners signed up for the marathon and 545 for the half marathon. In the relay race, 117 teams have registered for the race.
The marathon starting line Sunday is on Elm Street in front of the Citizens Bank building. The finish line is at the north entrance of Veterans Memorial Park, at the intersection of Elm and Merrimack streets, which serves as the Athletes Village.
Beginning at the three-mile mark, there will be water stops every two miles, said Cornell. Two ambulance crews will roam the course. A medical tent will be available at Veterans Park, and police posts along the course will stop traffic and direct the runners.
Last year, the women grabbed the spotlight when two records fell. Tezata Dengersa, a native of Ethiopia, set a marathon record in 2:50.14, breaking the previous mark of 2:55.16.
Elijah Kitur of Kenya holds the men’s half-marathon record (1:07.31) and Ethiopian Fikadu Lema owns the marathon record at 2:23.46.
One can also register in person at the Anthem Sports & Wellness Exposition at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester on Elm Street on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.