MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) - After going virtual last year, runners got to hit the pavement in-person for the Manchester Road Race.

Hundreds of runners descended into downtown Manchester this Thanksgiving morning for the return of the annual Manchester Road Race.

You had your usual runners in and out of costume.

Today was the 85th Manchester Road Race

Wilkins Guadalupe donned his cape, running the race for the first time, because it was in-person this year.

“People were super friendly. It was super caring, people were cheering on, such great to have that, because in virtual ways you don’t feel as motivated so you might not have a better race time," Guadalupe explained.

The race course ran for nearly five miles, attracting runners from all over the country.

The Sprague family decided to run it for the first time this year too and it won’t be their last.

Not all of the Manchester Road Race traditions continued this year.

Since masks have to be worn at indoor events, they cancelled the pre-race spaghetti supper and the Charlie Robbins luncheon for this year.

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