Fiftieth time a charm in Manchester

November 15, 2012 by  

Amby Burfoot is a long-time runner and a local legend who will be entering the Manchester Road Race for the 50th time this Thanksgiving Day weekend. If he completes the race, he will tie the record for the most consecutive races run. Burfoot first entered the Thanksgiving Day contest in 1963, when he placed 14th overall and was the first person of high school age to finish.

Burfoot is a nine-time champion of the event and also has won the Boston Marathon. He is an editor at large for Runner’s World magazine. At 66 years of age, he is much younger than the previous longevity record holder, Dr. Charlie Robbins, who ran his 50th consecutive Manchester Road Race in 2001 at the age of 80.

The Manchester Road Race has been a favorite annual event for many people over the last 76 years. The 4.748 mile course starts and finishes in front of St. James Church in downtown Manchester, and attracts 15,000 participants annually.

Television and radio coverage of the event will be broadcast with live, minute-by-minute coverage, including pre- and post-game interviews. Poster printing advertising the event and sponsors could be another method used to promote the race. Brochure printers can work with local businesses to create promotional material for the 25,000 to 30,000 people who are expected to attend the event, lining both sides of the race course from start to finish, while sign and banner printing services may help to direct runners as they take part.