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Half Marathon, 5 K
Marathon Park
Ashland , Massachusetts
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The Ashland Half-Marathon and 5K begins and end at Marathon Park, the original starting line for Boston's marathon for its first 27 years, from 1897 to 1923. Distance Running legend Bill Rodgers will be joining us again this October to run the half-marathon. The four-time winner of both the Boston and New York marathons, Rodgers is one of the world's foremost ambassadors for distance running.

The Town of Ashland, through its Redevelopment Authority, plans to use proceeds from the Ashland Half-Marathon and its future editions to further rehabilitate Marathon Park, the cradle of the worldwide running boom, and commemorate the marathon's great pioneers with an eye toward establishing a future museum nearby.

Along with its history, this event enjoys broad-based community support from its residents, clubs and organizations as well as its business leaders and town officials. With its picturesque course, veteran organizers, a fall event date, easy access by public transportation and plenty of parking nearby, the Ashland Half-Marathon & 5K is on pace to become a special race and a family friendly event to be celebrated for many years to come.

Event Start Location
Marathon Park, formerly the site of Metcalf's Mill, the original starting line for Boston's marathon for its first 27 years, from 1897 to 1923. Race begins and ends at the park, justs steps from the parking lot and also the Ashland VFW, site of the post-race festivities.


Course Description
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 racers will cross the starting line at the same time as the half racers and be directed onto the shorter course as the race progresses, looping 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.


Awards
The Bill Rodgers Cup with winners names engraved annually.
Finishing medals for all half-marathoners; Medals for 1-2-3 finishers in all divisions.

Timing / Results
Details to be announced

Post Race Activities
Post-race BBQ and medal ceremony.

Weather
The race is set in late October to take advantage of the cool temperatures runners of all stripes desire, but runners must remain aware of the unpredictable New England weather.

Directions
BY CAR: To 375 Pleasant St., Ashland MA. Less than 3 miles from Mass Pike, x12; less than 5 miles from Route 495; 14 miles from Route 128; 17 miles from Worcester; 25 miles from Boston. BY TRAIN: Local MBTA station, just steps away from Marathon Park. Trains run Saturday-Sunday on weekend schedule on Boston-Worcester line.

Parking
Plenty of free public parking at the local MBTA station, just steps away from Marathon Park.
 
 

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Retailers (near this event)
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 Miles to Go Sports  Sutton MA 16.9 Miles store info
 Marathon Sports  Brookline MA 17.8 Miles store info
 Greater Boston Running Company  Lexington MA 18.8 Miles store info
 Marathon Sports  Cambridge MA 18.9 Miles store info
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  D B Sports  North Attleboro MA 20.3 Miles store info
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 Bill Rodgers Running Center  Boston MA 21.7 Miles store info
 Marathon Sports  Melrose Park MA 25 Miles store info
 Marx Running & Fitness  St. Lowell MA 27.7 Miles store info
 City Sports  Providence RI 28.9 Miles store info
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 Greater Boston Running Company Andover  Andover MA 31.3 Miles store info
 Athletes Corner  Andover MA 31.3 Miles store info
 Runners Alley  Nashua NH 35.8 Miles store info
 Whirlaway Sports Center  Methuen MA 35.9 Miles store info
 New England Running Co.  Beverly MA 36.8 Miles store info
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