HARVARD -- With a crowd of about 400 bikers, the fifth annual Ken Harrod Memorial Bike Ride raised thousands of dollars for Harvard firefighter causes on Saturday.
The race, held jointly by the Harvard Firefighters Association and the Minuteman Road Club, featured competitive and leisure races throughout Harvard's hills. It was the first year the firefighters association partnered with the club to offer a number of competitive races in the hopes of attracting more participants.
John Raguin of the Minuteman Road Club, who served as the race's assistant director, said the race was fantastic and had a great partnership.
"We know how to organize rides and races that cyclists like, they know how to marshal intersections and provide EMT services if someone gets hurt," he said. "It's a perfect partnership."
Raguin said the total amount of money raised will probably come in at around $3,000 or $4,000. To have a venue like Harvard, he said, is fantastic.
One of the biggest challenges in supporting these races is getting enough volunteers to monitor the intersections, but between the two groups there were enough people to get it done, he said. Throughout the day, he said, there were about 50-70 volunteers on the intersections.
Andrew Perry of the Harvard Firefighters Association said the competitive races definitely drew in a bigger crowd.
"I think it was good considering there's a new event and a new location for both the club and for us," he said of the turnout. "I think it went really well.
The winners of the five different races are: Mike Westberry for the 50-mile "Men's Category 5" race, Thom Barry for the 40-mile "Men's Category 4" race, Brian Campbell for the 50-mile "Men's Categories 2/3" race, Karen Mackin for the "Women's Categories 3/4 race, and Jason Croteau for the "Masters 40+" race.
The race is named after Ken Harrod, a member of the town's fire department for 45 years. Funds from the race benefit a number of different Harvard Firefighter funds, including a Family Crisis Fund and a Scholarship Fund for students.
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