HARVARD -- The Harvard Road Race Association is pleased to announce the 36th running of the Great Harvard 4th of July Road Race.

The 5-mile race will be held on Thursday, July 4, at 8:15 a.m. It will start and end at the Hildreth Elementary School in Harvard.

There will also be a 1-mile Fun Run for children at 9:30 a.m.

Refreshments and the town of Harvard's 4th of July Parade and Festival will follow the races.

Once again, the race is part of the 5-race Nashoba Valley Grand Prix, which began with the Groton 10K on April 28 and ends with the Ayer Fire Department 5K on Thanksgiving Day. Details and current point leaders can be found at nvgp.org.

Online pre-registration is available through harvardraces.org. Race day registration will be held at The Hildreth Elementary School from 6:30-8 a.m. Entry fees are $25 for the 5-miler, $5 for the Fun Run. Town employees and runners over age 65 can register free.

There will be seven male and female age divisions: Junior (18 and under), Open (19 - 29), Sub-Masters (30 - 39), Masters (40 - 49), Seniors (50 - 59), Veterans (60 - 69) and 70 and Over (70+). Awards and prizes will go to the first male and female finishers, the top three finishers in each division and the top Harvard resident finishers.

There will also be a $100 cash prize for a new course record.


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The current record for men is 25:34, set in 2012 by Colman Hatton, and the current record for women is 29:42, set in 2005 by Seana Carmean.

In 2012, the Harvard Road Race Association was able to donate $12,000 in proceeds from its races to the following organizations: Fruitlands Museum, Loaves & Fishes, Bromfield Athletics (JV Basketball and Field Hockey), Bare Hill Rowing Association, Bromfield School Council, Ambulance Squad, Harvard Lions Club, Harvard Conservation Trust and Harvard Park.

To get to The Hildreth Elementary School from Route 2, take exit 38A and go two miles south on Route 111. From Route 495, take exit 28 and go two miles west on Route 111.