The 6th annual Ashland Half Marathon and a new 5 Mile Road Race is set for Saturday, October 28, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. The races will start and finish at Marathon Park, the original start line location of the Boston Marathon from 1897 through 1923.
The 2017 Ashland Half Marathon will introduce a NEW race course featuring scenic rolling hills traversing Ashland town roads and a loop through the beautiful Hopkinton State Park during the peak fall foliage season. The Half Marathon and a new 5 Mile race will run together for the first five miles in a loop course through the residential Ashland neighborhoods.
Details for the 2017 fall race are being finalized and announcements will be coming soon. Be sure to check back for other exciting details and visit us on Facebook!
Friday, October 27th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (lower level at the back parking lot entrance)
Saturday, October 28th from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. (front entrance on the first level of the VFW)
Race Start: 10 a.m. – Half Marathon & 5 Mile will start simultaneously at Marathon Park. The Half Marathon course will be open for 3 hours.
Race bib number and packet pick-up will be at the VFW located at 311 Pleasant Street, Ashland.
Post-race party: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – post-race lunch and beverages provided to all participants and family fun activities for kids
Awards: 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.
Amenities: Half Marathon participants receive a long-sleeve technical race tee-shirt, a finisher medal, refreshments, and post-race lunch. 5 Mile participants receive a winter running beanie, finisher medal, refreshments and post-race lunch.
Results: 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.
Course: The new Half Marathon and 5 Mile Race courses will be wheel-measured for accuracy. Course maps will be announced soon!
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.