Manchester Road Race Women's Record Holder To Defend Title In … – Patch

Manchester Road Race Women's Record Holder To Defend Title In … – Patch

MANCHESTER, CT — Weini Kelati, who won the 2021 Manchester Road Race in what event officials termed a “jaw-dropping” record time of 22:55, will be back to defend her championship on Thanksgiving morning.
Race officials made the announcement Friday.
Kelati was in command of last year’s road race from start-to-finish and ran much of the course with the male elite leaders while shaving more than a minute off the former record of 23:57, was set by Buze Diriba in 2017. The 25-year-old runner, who was born in Eritrea and won two individual NCAA championships at the University of New Mexico, finished in 18th place overall last year and also won the race’s Queen of the Hill prize, which is awarded to the first female runner to reach the top of the Highland Street hill.
Kelati’s performance at the 2021 MRR was recently recognized by the Manchester Sports Hall of Fame, which in September presented her its Joe McCluskey Award for outstanding contributions to the road race.
Kelati’s return to Thanksgiving Day in Manchester will enhance an already talent-laden field of elite women runners that includes Canadian Olympian Gabriela DeBues-Stafford, Ethiopian distance standout Anna Dibaba, and Cynthia Limo of Kenya, who ran a 1:06:04 half marathon in 2016.
Also expected to be among the top female finishers is Jordan Hasay of Arroyo Grande, CA, who finished third at the 2019 Boston Marathon and also has a personal best time of 2:20: 57 for the event. Hasay placed third at the 2016 MRR (24:27).
The 86th Manchester Road Race will take place at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24). The 4.748-mile run, which attracts thousands of runners and walkers and is one of the nation’s largest and oldest Turkey Day road races, starts and finishes on Main Street, in front of St. James Church.
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