33rd Great Harvard Independence Day Road Race set for July 3


HARVARD — The Harvard Road Race Association is announcing the 33rd running of the Great Harvard 4th of July Road Race. The 5-mile race will be Saturday, July 3, at 8:15 a.m. This start time is a half-hour earlier than usual. It will start and end at the Harvard Elementary School. Registration will be at the Bromfield School. There will also be a Fun Run for children at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments and the Harvard’s 4th of July Parade and Festival will follow the races.

Online preregistration is available through Race-day registration will be held at The Bromfield School from 6:45 a.m. to 8 a.m. Entry fees are $25 for the 5-miler (a high-quality running that is guaranteed before June 15), $5 for the Fun Run without a running hat, and $13 for the Fun Run with a hat. Registration for town employees and runners older than 65 is free.

There will be seven male and female age divisions: Junior (18 and younger), Open (ages 19 – 29), Sub-Masters (ages 30 – 39), Masters (ages 40 – 49), Seniors (ages 50 – 59), Veterans (ages 60 – 69) and 70 and Over (70 and older). Awards and prizes will go to the first male and female finishers, the top 3 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 men is 25:41, set in 2007 by Casey Moulton, and the current record for women is 29:42, set in 2005 by Seana Carmean.

To get to the Bromfield School from Route 2, take Exit 38A and drive 2 miles south on Route 111. From Route 495, take Exit 28 and go 2 miles west on Route 111.