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Manchester City Marathon

Where: Marathon race day HQ is at Veterans Memorial Park, 723 Elm St., Manchester. The race expo and Penman for Patriots 5K will be at Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 N. River Road, Hooksett.
When: Saturday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 12
Cost: $110 for full marathon, $200 for four-person marathon relay, $95 for half marathon, $125 for two-person half marathon relay, $30 for Penmen for Patriots 5K
Visit: millenniumrunning.com/marathon




Lace up and go
Manchester Marathon supports Veterans Count

11/09/17
By Ethan Hogan



 More than 2,000 runners will compete across three races during Manchester City Marathon weekend, Saturday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 12. Saturday is Veterans Day — fitting, since the event now raises money for Veterans Count.

“We moved the event to veterans weekend and adopted an important charity to have a greater mission than just running 26.2 miles. We’re letting our runners have their marathon be more meaningful than ever,” said John Mortimer, owner of Millennium Running, which organizes the event with Southern New Hampshire University.
The two organizations joined forces last year to take over running the event, which is in its 11th year and now includes more relay options and that crucial fundraising component, Mortimer said.
“We brought in an official charity in Veterans Count,” Mortimer said. “They support veterans and veterans services in the Granite State. … The entire cause and theme of the event took on a much greater meaning for everybody.”
Race options are the full 26.2-mile marathon, a half marathon and a Penmen for Patriots 5K. 
The full marathon can be run by a relay team of four people, and the half marathon has a two-person relay option. 
“It’s sort of challenging in that the race is 26.2 miles … for one person to run it is certainly a challenge and a struggle. Sometimes it’s more attainable and sometimes more fun when you can divide it between friends,” said Mortimer.
Last year marked the first race with a new course that was designed to benefit all runners, according to Mortimer. 
The 26.2-mile course features a less hilly second half and is split between an urban and a scenic section.
“I think Manchester has a reputation for being a challenging course. With the changes we’ve made last year, we made it quite easier in the second half. … There’s an urban downtown area and [the rail trail] paths are beautiful, scenic and quiet,” said Mortimer.
The marathon is an official Boston Marathon qualifier, meaning that runners who meet a specified time requirement for their age category will be eligible to run in the Boston Marathon in April. 
The half marathon will start at the same time as the marathon, which is on Sunday at 8:50 a.m. The half marathon will stay within Manchester’s downtown, skirting briefly along the Merrimack River by bike trail, while the full marathon continues into the scenic Goffstown Rail Trail and Piscataquoug Trail areas.
The Penmen for Patriots 5K will be held on the SNHU campus on Saturday at 3 p.m.. The campus is also hosting the race expo where visitors can get race merch and shop at sponsored vendor tents on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. A pre-race pasta dinner will be held in the ballroom of SNHU’s dining center on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Mortimer is excited about this year’s course because of Elm Street’s newly paved sections, which make up a significant leg of the race.
“Downtown Manchester has never looked so good. The best parts of the course are right downtown,” said Mortimer. 





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