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Runners adapted well

MANCHESTER — It may have seemed chilly to most people on Sunday, but hey it's November, and the conditions were pretty good for runners at the Anthem Manchester City Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay.

Lots of runners set personal records at the race, including Matt LaBerge of Manchester. He said more than two months of hard training paid off when he crossed the finish line in a time of 1 hour, 38 minutes and 56 seconds. He was shooting to finish under 1:40.

"That's what I needed," said LaBerge, 43, a graduate of Central High. "I did what I came out to do."

He said the start of the race was a little tough because it was cold, but once he got his "body temperature up" he was able to pick up the pace in the second half.

Carl Harris didn't qualify for the high school cross country Meet of Champions on Saturday so he decided to do the next best thing: run the half marathon on Sunday.

Harris, a 14-year-old freshman at Central who lives in Manchester, took first in his age group with a time of 1:21:07, also a personal record.

The race this year was also the U.S.A. Track and Field New England Grand Prix championship, which brought some more runners in. The Central Mass Striders won both the male open and male master open categories and Whirlaway won the male senior category. Results for the women's races weren't immediately available.

After six years directing the race, Sarah Normand decided to call it quits. She ran the half-marathon on Sunday and finished in a time of 1:49:35, good enough for 15th place in her age group.

The team that won the coed relay was captained by Scott Conley with a time of 3:02:58. The winner of the male relay was captained by Matthew Houghton at 3:18:23 and the winner of the female relay was captained by Muriel Saliba at 3:23:06.

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