HARVARD -- The Harvard Road Race Association is pleased to announce the 35th running of the Great Harvard Fourth of July Road Race. The 5-mile race will be held on Wednesday, 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 Harvard's Fourth of July Parade and Festival will follow the races.
Once again, the race is part of the five-race Nashoba Valley Grand Prix, which began with the Groton 10K on April 29 and ends with the Ayer Fire Department 5K on Thanksgiving Day. Details and current point leaders can be found at nvgp.org.
Online preregistration is available through www.harvardraces.org. Race-day registration will be held at the Hildreth Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Entry fees are $25 for the 5-miler (a high-quality running shirt is guaranteed before June 20) and $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. The current record for
To get to the Hildreth Elementary School from Route 2, take exit 38A and go 2 miles south on Route 111. From Route 495, take exit 28 and go 2 miles west on Route 111.