To the Editor:

As the Race Director of The Shires of Vermont Marathon, I would like to thank the more than 200 volunteers, 375 registrants, 25 sponsors including Stratton Mountain and Southern Vermont HealthCare, Chief Mike Hall and the Manchester Police Department, the Bennington Sheriff's Office, the town governments from Bennington, Shaftsbury, Arlington, Sunderland, and Manchester, the Estate of Richard and Nadine Hayes, and the residents along the route of the marathon. The kind consideration of these varied interests helped make the marathon a very big success.

I would also like to give a special thank you to Bennington College and Riley Rink at Hunter Park for use of their facilities. Their generosity helped offer the unique benefits to runners of having the start and the finish within 100 feet of buildings that were capable of giving all participants shelter and in the case of Riley Rink showers so our athletes could enjoy the Shires refreshed and clean.

The compliments from participants continue to roll in. Mostly they comment on how beautiful the Shires is and how friendly and welcoming the people are. Seeing our communities come together and put on a great event make me very proud of living here.

Thank you again to everyone that helped make this event special.

Steve Murphy

Manchester


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