Dear Runners & Supporters, Town of Ashland Public Safety officials and the Ashland Sporting Association met this morning and decided that due to hazardous road conditions they could not guarantee the safety of the runners, all agreed to cancel the event. There are no refunds. Anyone registered will be deferred to October 28, 2017 Ashland Half Marathon. The Ashland Sporting Association
Join us for the annual Marathon Park Prep 13.1 Mile Race on Saturday March 18, 2017. The race begins and ends at Marathon Park, which marks the original starting line area for Boston’s marathon for its first 27 years, from 1897-1923.
WHAT: The MPP Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile course running through picturesque Ashland Massachusetts. The half marathon course is a mixture of flats and hills at some points running the Boston Marathons traditional route through Ashland and also running parallel to the Subdury River and at others skirting Ashland State Park. The starting line is at Marathon Park on Pleasant Street. New this year! We have added a 5-mile course in addition to the Half Marathon.
WHO: Perfect prep race for any marathon training program
WHEN: Saturday March 18, 2017. Road closes at 9:45am. Half Marathon: 10:00 am 5-Mile: 10:10am After Race: Lunch & Medals Adult beverage for adult (21+) runners is available at the lower level lounge of the VFW and any alcohol must be consumed inside the VFW. Soda also available at the lounge.
REGISTRATION & EARLY RACE NUMBER PICKUP Friday March 18, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm @ VFW at 311 Pleasant Street, Park behind and enter through the back. Saturday March 19, 2016 from 7:00 am to 9:45 am @ Front Entrance to VFWntrance to VFW Online Registration Link
RACE AWARD CATEGORIES (no duplicate awards) • Top 3 all around • Top 3 finishers in Age Groups: 18-39 40-49 50-59 and 60+ 5 Mile Awards: Top 3 Male & Female
The course is open for three hours from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., leaving plenty of time for all runners to complete the challenge.
COST: (Includes Race T-Shirt, Medal & Lunch!) Half Marathon: $65 "(Refer a friend & save $5! Click the Share and Save button on the Registration page) 5 Mile: $45 "(Refer a friend & save $5! Click the Share and Save button on the Registration page)
BENEFITS: This event is brought to you by the Ashland Sports Authority, a non-profit incorporated in 2013. The race has community support from many of the town's business community and the efforts of many community members and volunteers. Each year a portion of the races proceeds go towards making improvements in Marathon Park and the development of a museum nearby dedicated to "The Ashland Era". This year we encourage you to donate and fundraise for the Ashland Emergency Fund. Thank you for your generosity and support.