The 2008 CIGNA/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race

*Editor’s Note: This is an event preview for the 2008 CIGNA/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race and refers to the event details and descriptions from that year.

It is the race for everyone. The 16th annual CIGNA/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race will run in Manchester, New Hampshire on Thursday, August 14! One of the largest timed corporate races in the country, and one of New England's largest races, this 5K is a giant morale booster and an evening out for employees of all companies. It is a superior race for individuals.

Every company in New England can take part, whether their team has experienced runners or first-time walkers. It is a celebration of company pride, and commitment to employees' enjoyment and fitness. Mark your calendar for this must-do event. It will be one of the biggest and best races in New England with more than 5,000 expected. What a terrific tradition and celebration!

Companies and agencies, small and large, will have the opportunity to show the company logo and colors. It is truly for all companies, those with a few employees, and those with thousands. Only five individuals are needed to score. Unattached individual runners are also a big part of the party, led by world-class international elite women and men, along with regional stars.

The CIGNA/Elliot Corporate 5K is the ideal event for first-time racers, and what an awesome memory they will have of their first event--running with some of the best athletes in the world on the same course at the same time! And every individual, from the winners to number 5,000 across the line, will get a precise finishing time to reinforce that experience. This was the first race for thousands of runners over the years, and for some it is the only official race they run.

From the very beginning in 1993, the CIGNA/Elliot Corporate 5K has been special, not just because of its size, but because of its tremendous organization and attention to detail. The outstanding organization, in turn, has brought many elite international stars to Manchester.

The race will blast off on wide-open Elm Street in downtown with New Hampshire's WMUR-TV Channel 9 cameras taking it in live at 6:20 p.m.

Pre and post race activities will be held at Veterans Park, only a few blocks from the start and immediately adjacent to the finish on Merrimack Street. Veterans Park is opposite the Center of New Hampshire on Elm, one block north of the Elm Street/Granite Street intersection and the Verizon Center. It will be a party atmosphere--before, during, and long after the race. The official post-race party will take place at Jillian's located at the corner of Granite and Commercial Streets in Manchester's Mill Yard district. But there will be many celebrations in many locations.

"The CIGNA/Elliot 5K has something for everyone it's a fast USATF certified course for elite athletes from all over the world. More importantly, it's a fun event for individuals, corporate teams and families," said Don Curry, president, CIGNA HealthCare in New England.

"If you have never participated in a road race before, use the 3.1 mile course to kick-start your fitness routine. Set a specific goal of finishing the race and then celebrate your success with us at the post-race party at Jillian's." continued Curry.

"The training process and participation in the road race will help improve your health, part of the mission of both organizations. And, by adding your name to list of participants, it will give us the opportunity to boost our numbers and show the country what tiny New Hampshire can do," he added.

Ever since its inception, the CIGNA/Elliot Corporate 5K has consistently ranked in the top 20 largest 5K road races in the country according to Running USA. For many years it has ranked among the 100 largest timed road races of any length in the country.

CIGNA and The Elliot are on a campaign to challenge those who have never considered running or walking in a road race before to consider doing so. And this year, participants may even document their success by having their photos taken at the finish line.

"All of the races that are larger than ours take place in big cities, so these rankings are incredible for a small state like New Hampshire and speak to the quality of the race," said Douglas Dean, chairman and CEO of Elliot Health System. "We want to set new records of attendance this year to show the country that New Hampshire is not only first in presidential primaries, but is also a leader in health and fitness!"

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