Running legend returns to Manchester road race

November 1, 2018 by  

It was recently announced that Amby Burfoot, a legend in the running world and nine-time champion, will be running for his 56th year in a row at the Manchester Road Race later this month.

Burfoot has been a winner of the Manchester race nine times between 1968 and 1977, and has also been a champion of the Boston Marathon in 1968. His first time competing in the Manchester race was when he was a senior in high school at the age of 17, and he has not missed this race since then.

Burfoot is a retired magazine editor of Runner’s World and lives in Mystic. He holds the record for the greatest number of consecutive races.

President of the Manchester Road Race Committee, Dr. Tris Carta, commented that having Burfoot running in the race is as much a tradition in the city as pumpkin pie and turkey. Carta adds that the committee is excited about his participation in the race this year and his commitment to it over the years.

The Manchester Road Race, which is in its 82nd year, will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, beginning at 10:00 am. The race is 4.748-miles long and starts and finishes in front of St. James Church on Main Street.

Organizers of this sort of event often use flyer printing to draw attention to such special accomplishments.