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Manchester Road Race

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MANCHESTER — Sam Chelanga of Kenya won his first Manchester Road Race Thursday morning in an unofficial time of 21 minutes, 31 seconds. Last year’s winner and course record holder Aaron Braun was second in 21:39, unofficially, and Tyler Pennel was third.

Glastonbury native and Olympic steeplechaser Donn Cabral was fourth and 2009 winner and last year’s runner-up Haron Lagat of Kenya was fifth.

There were 15,000 entries in the 4.748-mile race on a windy, chilly day.

Chelanga was a nine-time All-American at Liberty University and was the 2009 NCAA cross country champion.

By Lori Riley, Hartford Courant

Zac Griffin proposed to his girlfriend Laura DiMinico at the 77th annual Manchester Road Race. She said yes!

Amby Burfoot has raced 50 times, and won nine times, before being named the Honorary Chair of the 77th Manchester Road Race.

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Tris Carta, president of the Manchester Road Race committee, talks about Amby Burfoot, who has become the face of the Manchester Road Race.

Burfoot first ran the race as a high schooler at age 17 and has run each Thanksgiving for the past 50 years. He has won the race nine times and was named honorary chair of the race this year.

Burfoot grew up in Groton and ran for Fitch High School. He became a running legend in 1968 when he won the Boston Marathon while still in college. He came back to Manchester and won that year too.

In the years since, Burfoot has become the editor-in-chief of Runner’s World magazine. He has competed across the world but Manchester still holds a special place in his heart.

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FOX CT’s Tim Lammers takes a look at the security changes for this year’s Manchester Road Race.

Marc Green, co-owner of Lux Bond & Green, talks about his company’s role as the official timekeeper for the Manchester Road Race.

Jim Balcome, director of the Manchester Road Race, and Marc Montiminy, Manchester’s police chief, talk about the security in place this year for the race in light of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Without going into specifics, the organizing committee for the race said runners and spectators will see a large police presence, but there will be a lot of things people won’t see behind the scenes.

A total of 15,000 registered runners will run the 4.7 mile course and an estimated 40,000 will watch.

Organizers are asking everyone who will be there to keep their possessions close.

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Molly Burt, marketing manager of Dunkin’ Donuts, talks about some of the promotions and giveaways the restaurant chain will be offering during Thursday’s Manchester Road Race.

The Dunkin’ Donuts team will be handing out cheer cards to cheer on your favorite runner with a message. Free samples of new salted caramel hot chocolate and regular hot chocolate will also be available on race day.

For holiday gifts this season, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a coupon book of 10 coupons for a large coffee for $15 plus tax, and promotions if you buy K-Cup packs (2 for $19.99) or 1-pound bags of coffee (three for $19.99).

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