ASA’s Mission: Renew Marathon Park, Create Running Museum…
This event is brought to you by the Ashland Sporting Association.  

The Ashland Sporting Association., a non-profit 501(c)(4) corporation, was formed in 2013, and assumed responsibility for the production of the race under the leadership of former ASA chairman Greenberg. The ASA has wide community support as well as the robust endorsement of the town’s business community and the efforts of  many, many volunteer assistants.

Proceeds from the annual event will be used to enhance Marathon Park and toward advancing a potential Hall of Fame dedicated to “The Ashland Era” of the marathon and running in general. It would be located at the VFW site near the park on Pleasant Street.

Former ASA chairman Greenberg is a 28-year Ashland resident and a local real estate business owner who has served on many town boards and committees.

“The race is half the distance at 13.1 miles but twice as exciting because many types of athletes can compete and share in the nostalgia all while being the first participants at the original starting line’s new beginning,” said Greenberg in 2012, “lending new meaning to the slogan on the sign at Marathon Park, “It All Started Here.”

Distance running is now one of the top participatory sports in the world as well as a multi-billion dollar business. Residents of Ashland, indeed “The Cradle of the Worldwide Running Boom,” certainly should agree with state Sen. Karen Spilka of the Second Middlesex and Norfolk District, who said at the March 29, 2012 dedication ceremony for the sign donated by The 26.2 Club to Marathon Park, “We have a jewel here.


Ashland BoyScout Troop helps beautify Marathon Park in the spring of 2015.

Ashland Boyscouts built new benches for the park

Metcalf’s Mill as seen from Fisher Street Bridge, now the Cordaville Street Bridge, circa 1900.

Metcalf’s Mill, circa 1900, now site of Marathon Park on Pleasant Street in Ashland.

Marathon Park as seen today

Dick Fannon’s “campaign” sign, hung at former Metcalf’s Mill site on Pleasant Street, Ashland. CLICK PHOTO to watch 1995 WACA-TV documentry featuring Fannon and others.

From left, BAA Executive Director Tom Grilik, Bill Rodgers and Bobbi Gibb at the unveiling of six historical plaques in Marathon Park on Oct. 26, 2013.

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