The 2019 Manchester Road Race was held on Thanksgiving Day. 58 Amateur Radio Operators provided shadows for race officials, race observers, shuttle bussing, and coordination with public safety officials. The race had over 11,000 registered runners and many, many thousands of spectators.
Coordination for the BEARS communications during the Thanksgiving Day Road Race is by Phil Crombie, K1XFC
Among other functions, the BEARS, along with amateur radio operators from the Town of Manchester's Emcomm team:
- Synchronize large display clocks at strategic points along the course
- Man posts every quarter mile around the race, watching for runners needing assistance and reporting race progress to the race committee officials
- Act as shadows for race and public safety officials, keeping them in constant communication while freeing them from the burden of carrying a radio
- Relay questions and answers about everything from "where's the nearest rest room?" to "Where is the last walker?"
- Help coordinate shuttle bus activity
Click the link below to view the MRR's official site for the course map