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