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HARVARD — Once again, it will literally be a “Run for Hills” on Sept. 11.

The Harvard Conservation Trust, with the Harvard Road Race Association, is sponsoring its second annual 5K trail run/walk through some of Harvard’s picturesque conservation land.

Named “Run for the Hills”, the race will begin at 2 p.m. at Harvard Park at 24 Lancaster County Road. The race will follow trails through the park and adjacent fields. More than 160 adults and children participated in last year’s event.

“This race is a great opportunity to showcase the beauty and value of Harvard’s open spaces”, says Ted MacMahon, race director and Harvard Conservation Trust Trustee. “The planned route, suitable for all ages, runners and walkers, will take you on a scenic run through flat wooded areas and around open fields.” Part of the route is through the woods on “Ginny’s Woodland Path” named for Virginia Thurston, past president of the Worcester County Horticultural Society, local resident and town leader.

Harvard Park is only one example of the exceptional open spaces that abound in town. The park was purchased and designed by the town to provide residents with 30 acres of treasured outdoor recreation. This included a successful community fundraising effort to build the McCurdy Track, named after Harvard University’s inspirational track coach William “Bill” McCurdy, a Harvard resident who passed away in 1999.

The trust often sponsors events to bring people closer to the land around them. Thanks to the generous support of Eastern Mountain Sports, Jasonics Security, Shepherd Veterinary Clinic, Swymfit, Windhaven Investment Management and other sponsors, the 2012 Run for the Hills will feature extra goodies for participants, including massages and product giveaways.

Proceeds of the race will go to the trust to further its mission. To learn more about the Harvard Conservation Trust, or to become a member, visit the website at

To register for “Run for the Hills” go to Early bird discounts and free t-shirts are offered through Aug. 26.

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