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Hopkinton runner meets the legends, defeats The Green Street Monster and sets a PR at the 2013 race but then happily settles for second fastest in the family...
This bi-coastal runner chose Ashland for his half-marathon debut, conquered the hills and was pleasantly surprised in a variety of other ways. Read his feedback here ...
"It All Started Here" for Ashland With a Bicycle Ride ...
In 1897, the Metcalf's Mill site here alongside the Sudbury River was the starting point for "America's Marathon", the first of many of Boston's marathons. Until 1923, the neighborhood surrounding what is now Marathon Park in Ashland, MA played host to 27 Boston Marathon starts along with its champions, everyman heroes, unique characters, dramatic twists and chaotic turns. Click the button below to read the history of what's now Marathon Park from the Mayflower up to the marathon. You also can view a 1995 WACA-TV video featuring Ashland marathon historian, the late Dick Fannon, discussing "The Ashland Era".
Ashland History on Canvas...
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Ashland artist Cliff Wilson, a great friend of the race, has among his many works some fine portraits of Ashland's running history from Metcalf's Mill to 2012 race. Click link below to peruse his great collection:
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