ASHLAND HALF MARATHON & 5K - OCTOBER 31, 2015
The 4th annual Ashland Half Marathon and 5K Race & Walk will kick off on Saturday October 31, 2015 and begin and end at Marathon Park, which marks the original starting line area for Boston’s marathon for its first 27 years, from 1897-1923.
Set in late October to take advantage of the cool temperatures runners of all stripes desire the Ashland Half-Marathon winds its way along a picturesque 13.1 mile figure 8 course through Ashland’s foliage-filled roads and lanes.
The 5K races will cross the starting line at the same time as the half racers and be directed onto the shorter course as the race progresses, lopping around to also finish at Marathon Park.
The half-marathon course is a mixture of flats and hills, at some points running parallel to the Sudbury River and at others skirting Ashland State Park. The route includes the stretch of the traditional course that Boston’s spring marathon follows through the town of Ashland, about 25 miles west of Boston. The 5K course shares some of these features. With its picturesque and challenging course, its veteran organizers, Squanto Productions of Quincy Ma, a fall event date competitive runners crave, easy access by public transportation with the Ashland stop on the Boston-Worcester MBTA line just steps away from Marathon Park as well as plenty of free parking nearby, the Ashland Half-Marathon & 5K is on track to become a special race and a family friendly event to be celebrated for many years to come.
The Ashland Sports Authority, a 501©(3) nonprofit incorporated in 2013 and registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will use this years proceeds from the Ashland Half-Marathon and 5K to further rehabilitate Marathon Park and a portion will be donated to the MetroWest YMCA to help sustain the new teen programs for youth who are in middle school, such as Teen Nights for youth in Ashland, Holliston and Hopkinton and HighFlight, an intensive outdoor program for at risk teens.
There are many other exciting race details now being finalized, so stay tuned.
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