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Ashland Marathon Assembly to be Held at Mindess School Next Friday

April 5, 2013

(ASHLAND) – To educate students on the history and international reach of the Boston Marathon, a Marathon Assembly will be held next Friday, April 12th at the David Mindess Elementary School in Ashland.

Runners, trainers, and organizers involved in the Boston Marathon from Greece, Cypress, and China will address the students and discuss their experiences and will assist in putting on the “Mindess Marathon” – a mini-race to give students a taste of what it means to participate in the nation’s oldest and most prestigious marathon, which attracts runners from across the world.

Presently, the Marathon spans from the Town of Hopkinton to Copley Square in Boston but the very first running of the Boston Marathon in 1897 began on Pleasant Street in Ashland, where it stayed for the first 26 years. It was moved to Hopkinton to increase the length of the race to 26.2 miles, in honor of the Battle of Marathon, the event that inspired the race. The Battle of Marathon took place in Marathon, Greece in the year 490 BC. An Athenian army messenger ran 26.2 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce the Athenians’ victory over the Persians.

Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) will address the students and the assembly will feature Ashland parents who have run the Marathon before and three Ashland residents running this year to raise money for the Ashland Education Foundation.

This event, hosted by the Ashland Education Foundation, will educate students on the history of the Marathon as well as the Town’s unique history and ties to the race, which attracted over 26,000 participants last year.

WHAT: Ashland Marathon Assembly hosted by the Ashland Education Foundation featuring local runners, State Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), and international runners, trainers, and organizers from Greece, Cyprus, and China.

WHEN: 9:45am – 10:30am, Friday, April 12, 2013

WHERE: David Mindess Elementary School, 90 Concord Street, Ashland

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