DATE & TIME
Saturday October, 27, 2018
Marathon Park, 333 Pleasant Street, Ashland MA, 01721
Ashland VFW, 311 Pleasant Street, Ashland MA 01721
The Ashland Half Marathon - 13.1 miles through historic Ashland town streets and rolling country side roads with a loop through the Hopkinton State Park during the peak fall foliage season in Massachusetts. The race will start and finish at the original starting line of the Boston Marathon beginning with a loop along with the 5 Mile race participants. As the 5 mile participants finish, the Half Marathoners will break off for an eight mile route through scenic country roads with rolling hills on route to the Hopkinton State Park. The Half Marathoners will run a loop through the park with beautiful views as they cross the Hopkinton Reservoir on a dirt trail section before exiting the park and returning to Marathon Park with a fast downhill finish in the final half mile.
The Ashland 5 Miler - the beginning of all races will include a 5 Mile loop course starting with a two mile flat section passing through downtown Ashland and along the Sudbury River. At mile two, participants are challenged with the Green Street hill. The final two miles will be fast as runners enjoy a long and gentle downhill grade on Winter Street before returning to the Marathon Park finish on Pleasant Street.
5k RACE - BACK THIS YEAR!
Back by popular demand, the 5K Race! Run through the streets of Ashland Massachusetts. Strollers welcome.
Michael McGrane and Amanda Watters joined the Ashland Sporting Association in 2017 as the new Race Directors for the 2017 Ashland Half Marathon and 5 Mile races. Michael and Amanda live in Ashland and bring their expertise in the running industry to support the Ashland Sporting Association community races year round.
Race bib number and packet pick-up will be at the VFW located at 311 Pleasant Street, Ashland.
Friday, October 26th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
(lower level at the back parking lot entrance)
Saturday, October 27th from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m.
(front entrance on the first level of the VFW)
10 a.m. – Half Marathon, 5 Miler and 5K will start simultaneously at Marathon Park. The Half Marathon course will be open for 3 hours.
POST RACE PARTY
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – post-race lunch and beverages provided to all participants and family fun activities for kids and warm-up pre-race, or a cool down post-race massage by MetroBest Yoga Studios.
Top 3 Overall Male and Female in the Half Marathon will be presented with special Ashland Half Marathon awards approximately at 1 pm. The Top 3 finishers in each age group will receive awards in the mail post-event. The Top 3 Overall Male and Female in the 5 Mile race will receive awards in the mail post-event. Awards for the 5k Race will bein the following categories: male, female, and the top Ashland resident.
Half Marathon, Team Relay and 5 Mile race participants will all receive a winter running beanie, a finisher medal, refreshments, and post-race lunch.
Finisher results and age group placing will be available on the race website post-event and on Coolrunning.com. The results will be chip-timed with the overall and age group awards measured by gun-time.
The Half Marathon, 5 Mile and 5K Race courses will be wheel-measured for accuracy. Course maps can be viewed here.
HYDRATION & ENERGY STATIONS
The Half Marathon will have at least six hydration stations along the course with water and Gatorade available and one Energy Gel station on the course located in the Hopkinton State Park at approximately the 8 mile mark. The 5 Mile race will have one hydration station located just after 3 miles and at the finish line.
RUNNING TRAINING CLASS AT THE Y
5K & HALF MARATHON TRAINING Fall is a season for running! Looking for a group to run and train with? Looking to improve your running speed and form? Join us for weekly runs! Through this class we will focus on running gait through form drills and intervals, improve speed through running efficiency and intervals, and lastly work on your running endurance. The class will include a training plan for the Ashland Half Marathon.