More than 6,000 to run Cigna/Elliot race in downtown Manchester Thursday
“It’s a race which offers something for everybody,” said race director Susanna Whitcher of today’s 21st annual Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race.
Top New Hampshire runners who are registered include Justin Freeman of New Hampton, who was the top Granite State runner at the Mount Washington Road Race this year and the first New Hampshire finisher in the 2011 Cigna race.
He still holds the men’s Cigna course record of 13:52.65 set in 2009.
Muliye Gurmu of the Bronx, N.Y., was the 2012 women’s winner, in 17:18. The top New Hampshire woman was Denis Sandahl of Rochester, in 18:06 (fourth in the women’s field).
The first place winners will receive $600 and, if they break the course record, they will received an additional $1,000. A bonus of $500 will be awarded to any non-winning individual who tops the current course records.Prize money is offered to both genders who finish second ($500), third ($400), fourth ($300) and fifth ($200).
The course continues down Elm Street before winding left on Thayer Street, five blocks north of Webster Street. The course continues on River Road (off Thayer) and heads south onto Canal Street. The last turn onto West Merrimack Street becomes the final leg toward the finish line at the corner of Elm and Merrimack near Veterans Park.
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