Organizers of the Maple Leaf Half Marathon and 5 K race set for September 11 expect registrations to top 1,000 runners and walkers.
The marathon and 5K benefit event has been a staple on the race circuit for amateur and professional runners. At last year's event participants from as far away as the Virgin Islands and New Zealand competed.
Registration for the event opened in early February and is available online at www.active.com. Registration fees are $35 for the half marathon and $15 for the 5K and for runners 19 and under. Registration and information is also available through the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce at 362-6313.
For online information and registration go to www.manchestervtmapleleaf.com.
The twin goals of the marathon and race are to raise funds for the region's charities and to bridge the gap between the typically busy summer and fall seasons to assist local restaurateurs and innkeepers.
Last year, more than 50 percent of participants stayed in the area for the weekend.
Special events, movies, dinners and activities are planned throughout the two and half days. New this year is the race's affiliation with Live Green, an environmental and sustainability expo at Riley Rink on September 11. Together the Marathon and expo are exploring environmentally favored policies such as biodegradable goodie bags for attendees and other initiatives.
The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Spiral Press Cafe in Manchester Center are the 2010 title sponsors for the Maple Leaf Half Marathon and 5K.