Several years ago, Harvard firefighter Ken Harrod saw the growing number of bicyclists trekking through our town and wondered if we could turn one of Harvard's greatest natural resources -- our scenic roads and challenging hills -- into the perfect fundraising opportunity.

As a member of the Harvard Firefighters Association, Ken's goal was to raise money to provide funds for community assistance, families in need, Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) programs, scholarships and additional equipment for Harvard firefighters.

Ken thought it would great if the local community and regional bike-riders could enjoy a ride through Harvard on behalf of this worthy cause.

Tragically, before Ken could realize his vision, he passed away suddenly in May 2010.

But just a few months later, in honor of Ken and his dream, the Harvard Firefighters Association held its first annual Ken Harrod Memorial Bike Ride. That year and each year since, the ride has brought together local and out-of-town participants for a fun and inspiring journey through Harvard.

With courses for all ages and ability levels, the Bike Ride is an excellent way to enjoy the town on a bike with family and friends.

This year, if you're looking for a bigger challenge, we have a 30-mile loop you can take once or even twice around.

On Sunday, September 29, the Fourth Annual Ken Harrod Memorial Bike Ride will start at the center fire station, next to Harvard Town Hall, at 9 a.m.


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If you can attend, we'll have T-shirts and gift bags for the first 100 participants.

If you cannot participate in the ride, we would welcome your donations, of any amount, to the Harvard Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 613, Harvard, MA 01451.

BILL BARTON

co-chairman and treasurer

Ken Harrod Memorial Bike Ride and Harvard Firefighters Association