Where to stay in Ashland, area...
Click the link below to see information on great accommodations at the Warren Center & Inn located right on the race course and also the MetroWest Visitors Bureau's listing for other options:
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How to get to Marathon Park...
Nestled between New England two largest cities, 25 miles from Boston and 17 miles from Worcester, Ashland and Marathon Park is easily accessible by auto or rapid transit. The park is within 5 miles of two major Massachusetts highways, the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 495, with the Ashland MBTA commuter rail station on the Boston-Worcester line located just steps from the park. Click the link below for more information, a mapping tool and a train schedule.
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There is ample FREE parking at the Ashland MBTA commuter rail station lot (on Saturday of race weekend only) just steps away from Marathon Park, but please be advised that Pleasant Street will be closed at 9 a.m. on race day. If you are able to get to the event early you are welcome to park at the T lot on the Pleasant Street side. If you are running late you are going to be re-directed to the T lot on the other side of the tracks accessible via Route 135. There is a walkway over the tracks to the starting line at Marathon Park. There are other parking options available, click button below for your options on race day. Please plan accordingly. Note there is no parking on Connect Community Church property at any time.
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Refunds, Deferments & Transfers...
Because registration fees form the backbone of the event and that money is spent in gradual increments as the race approaches on items from shirts to public safety, the Marathon Park Prep Organizing Committee adheres to the following set of rules (requests must be submitted by the dates & times indicated below through the e-mail link on site's homepage):
DETAILS AS OF JANUARY 10, 2017
Q: Where and when is the
numbers / packet pick-up?
A: On Friday, March 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will an opportunity for early numbers pick-up at the VFW, just steps away from Marathon Park, and then another opportunity on Saturday morning, Race Day, March 18, also at the VFW, beginning at 7 a.m., and and continuing until 10 a.m
Q. Is there a time limit for the race?
A. The half-marathon 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.
Q. Will there be a post-race party?
A. Yes. It will be at the VFW, next to Marathon Park. There will be food and drink coupons provided to registered runners which may be redeemed for a box lunch and the drink options. Spectators will also have access to these items for a nominal charge.
Q: Are there water stations?
A. There will be 5: 1) Cedar Street, south of 139 Cedar, at turnout; 2) Chestnut Street at Warren Center on south side of street near red barn; 3) On Woodland near W. Union at old trolley track, east side of road; 4) Fountain Street, east side across from Riverview Drive; 5) Winter Street, after gate on north side of road.
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Q: Is there a registration price scale? What does my entry fee include?
A: $65. The price to sign up on race weekend will be $70. Besides the race, entrants receive shirts, finisher's medals and a post-race meal and beverage.
Q: Will there be a portable bathroom(s) available on the course?
A: Yes, at sites presently under determination.
Q: Is there a bag drop?
A: Yes. You will receive a bag that will contain your goodies and your T-shirt. Due to space restrictions and security measures this is the only bag you will be allowed to use as your bag drop. The bag drop will be inside the VFW building, which will be monitored by volunteer staff members.
Q: Will there be medical personnel available as the race proceeds?
A: Yes. The Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corp will have a tent near Marathon Park staffed by four to six trained medical personnel and RNs attending to runners and others with minor medical issues. The Ashland Fire Dept. will have a command center in place with communication ability to race officials and Ashland Police personnel as well as have 2 EMT equipped vehicles on course. Members of the Minute Man Repeater Association, a ham radio group, will also be stationed along the course with overall communications capability. Race personnel will sweep the course after the final runners go by, looking for anyone who may have injured themselves and escaped notice. If that's you, please make yourself visible and apparent to the personnel in this vehicle.
Q: Will there be Race Photos taken? and how do I get them?
A: Robin Lazar of www.shuttertimephotography.com will be taking photos at the March 18 Race.
Post-race photos can be purchased directly from her, Link to follow after race.