Please join us Sunday May 18, for the 10th annual Janis Bresnahan 5K Run for Education!

This year's event will feature a competitive 5K run through Ayer, as well as a 2K, noncompetitive Fun Run and Walk and a Tot Trot for children through age 6.

The event will be held at Ayer Shirley Regional High School with race day registration beginning at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Trot to start at 10:30 a.m., the Fun Run and Walk at 11:15 a.m., and the 5K start is noon. One hundred dollars will go to the first-place male and female overall finishers for the 5K run. Prizes will also be given to the top finishers in all age categories.

Amenities include course mile markers, chip timing, water stations, medical personnel, refreshments and restrooms. Post-race festivities will include an awards ceremony, barbecue, live music and fun activities for kids until 2 p.m.

Registration, donations, directions and information can be found on the race web-site, The pre-registration fee is $10 for the Tot Trot and $15 for the 5K Run or 2K Run/Walk. The first 300 registered participants will receive a free short sleeve, 100 percent cotton race T-shirt.

Race-day registration is $10 for the Tot Trot and $20 for the 5K Run and 2K Fun Run/Walk.

All proceeds from the road race will go to the Ayer Shirley Education Foundation (ayershirleyeducationfoundation.

org), whose vision is to increase education opportunities for the students in Ayer Shirley Public Schools.

Please join us for this fun community event and come out in support of Ayer and Shirley Public Schools! For more, go to