Runners and spectators alike hope for the best when Thanksgiving Day and the Manchester Road Race arrive.
But you never know what you'll get when it comes to the weather.
Take 1992. Rain was persistent, even heavy at times. Of course, it's hard to dampen the mood of anyone that day. As one competitor summed up the situation in The Courant 16 years ago: "It's time to get out of these clothes and into a dry martini."
And 1993, the 57th running, was time to bundle up.
How cold was it? Amby Burfoot didn't wear his traditional painter's hat, instead going to wool. Charlie "Doc" Robbins, the legendary barefoot runner, wore socks. A temperature of 18 degrees will do that.
Back to something that will warm you up. Last year $90,500 from the event's proceeds were donated to various places, including $20,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and $15,000 to the Manchester Area Conference of Churches, which helps provide food and shelter to those in need.
Beth Stafford, executive director of MACC, says the $15,000 "spread over 12 months would feed about 12 people for a month or 1 percent of those we serve each month."
Stafford knows this season will be tough at all shelters and food pantries in the state, but she is optimistic.
"I am very hopeful for the season," she said last week by e-mail. "People are so generous and they have compassion for those worse off than they are. . . . people are doing all they can to help each other. Children are sending us their allowance, seniors are sending us their red coins for a discount off turkeys, and families are stocking our pantry shelves as a family activity. With love poured out like this from all ages, how can we be scared? Our cup overflows."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun