Home » Opinion » Editorials
Marathon milestone: A Manchester race to remember
The Manchester City Marathon always is a good race. This year, it was something special, as the race organizers did a spectacular job accommodating runners displaced from the New York City Marathon by Hurricane Sandy.
When word got out that New York City had canceled its marathon, runners began frantically looking for another race to run that weekend. Knowing that this would happen, the organizers of Manchester's marathon extended the registration deadline to 7 p.m. on the night before the race. It made a huge difference for the runners and the city.
Just minutes before 7 on Saturday night a week ago, 31-year-old Air Force Capt. Ben Payne from Denver signed up. He had rented a car and driven up that day from New York City, where he had planned to run. He just made it to Manchester in time. The next day, Payne won the marathon. He was to deploy to Afghanistan three days later.
Such drama would not have been possible had city marathon officials not taken pains to open the race to refugees from the Big Apple. In addition to that good work, they put on a stellar race that got rave reviews from runners, many of whom are used to running in much bigger, flashier marathons.
Kudos to the organizers, the volunteers and the runners who made this such a memorable race. Many runners who had never participated in this race before said they would return because it was so well-organized and enjoyable. Well, done, everyone.
READER COMMENTS: 12
- Surprise, surprise: Obamacare funds abortions - 59
- Casino gambles: Hopes dashed all over - 8
- USNH's raw deal: Part deux - 2
- Every vote counts: Here is the proof - 5
- Burning rubber: And public dollars - 0
- Hassan was right: 'Bullying' bill goes too far - 12
- Strategery: A war by any other name - 28
- Freeh dumb: Favoritism in Vt.? - 6
- Public be damned: Litchfield latest example - 2
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Manchester family heartbroken after finding lost kitten was adopted from shelter, family refuses to return it - 1
- Body found under Manchester bridge identified as local woman - 0
- Chester deputy fire chief jailed for allegedly violating restraining order - 0
- Manchester police release photos of men they believe robbed mother, daughters at local Holiday Inn - 0
- Scots spurn independence, vote to stay in the United Kingdom - 1
- Roger Brown's First and 10: Answers forthcoming - 0
- NHMS chief Gappens is on board with the Chase changes - 0
- Another View -- Ben Rose: How NH's John Stark helped defeat the British at Saratoga - 1
- Celebrating Claremont: A 250th birthday party - 0
Ayotte pushes bill to combat 'spice'
Mark Hayward's City Matters: Dean Kamen is a genius inventor, and he's pretty good at oratory, too
Casino gambles: Hopes dashed all over