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ashworth awards: A True Resource for the USA Running Industry
Whether it is the first place medal or a mid pack finishing medallion, every runner looks to their award as an important, even integral, part of the race and race experience. It brands the event and makes it memorable. Every race director wants participants to be happy and satisfied.

ashworth awards: A True Resource for the USA Running Industry

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Sunday, 12 July, 2009

Awards make a statement about the quality and the effort that went into preparation and planning. They play a strong role in branding events. Quality is important, as is service and ashworth awards is a terrific resource for event organizers, offering outstanding products and creative solutions. Yes, ashworth awards is the leading manufacturer—a full line manufacturer—of medallions and other awards with the highest quality standards in the industry. They are one of very few American manufacturers.

Located in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, ashworth awards has the capability for designing and manufacturing custom awards with excellent turn-around time due to location—east coast as well as Los Angeles warehousing and distribution. Their high volume, state-of-the-art equipment, experienced craftsmen, and innovative methods allow the highest quality and greatest variety at very reasonable prices. You will be amazed at what they can do to turn your ideas, your event logo, or the unique character of your race into the best awards in the business.

Your American source is ashworth awards. Their innovative products, with so many options and design possibilities, will definitely make an impression; they will have an impact. High quality awards are indicative of a high quality event. Awards are the most lasting symbol for participants—and that symbol must be positive and memorable.

Yes, ashworth awards is a resource. They provide creative art work, dedicated craftsmanship, high quality materials, excellent quality control, and timely service. And they can do so within the race budget. They have been delivering quality products since 1965. ashworth awards can provide customized, innovative, distinctive awards that have meaning and make a statement.

They will also recycle medals so those leftover do not end up in landfills or take up storage space.

ashworth awards—The Latest Manufacturing Capabilities Provide Options
With a surprising array of manufacturing capabilities and methods in their Massachusetts facilities as well as vested manufacturing partnerships offshore, they do it all: Die struck, photo etching, centrifugal casting, die casting or lost wax, engraving, hard fired enamel (color), soft enamel, polymer fill, and silkscreen with epoxy coating, and more. They also use a variety of materials, and will choose both the manufacturing method and material that is best suited to your needs. Very few companies have the knowledge and experience in fine workmanship, and the pride in their products, that you find at ashworth awards. They are true craftsmen.

They make high quality items at really reasonable prices using cost saving base metals and alloys. They can also manufacture items you may otherwise find only in fine jewelry outlets. Materials vary from 14 karat gold to sterling silver, to jewelers bronze to solid fine pewter, to stainless steel. They have unmatched expertise in color applications.

With this wide capability and material availability, ashworth awards can work with you as advisors and creative specialists to meet your requirements in design, value, cost, and availability. They can assist with camera-ready artwork made to your specifications. And they do not require the excruciatingly long lead times needed by foreign manufacturers (or the outlandish cost of air freight from many foreign facilities). They do have some partnerships oversees, but a large percentage of their output is manufactured right here in the USA.

A partial list of products includes medals, such as those produced for marathons and other road races, which can be die struck, silk-screen, cast, budget cast. They can now do full color print on any award and material: tile, glass, acrylic, wood, or ceramics. They can do full color photos. They also produce the widest variety of pins and badges with company or race logos—photo-art or decal or silk-screen. They specialize in recognition awards in unbelievable variety, as well as plaques, lapel pins, coins, key chains, rings, trophies, letter openers, figurines, and costume jewelry (check the variety of offerings on the Website). And their quality standards are the tightest in the industry.

When you work with them they make complex processes easy to understand, and they provide options that are appropriate to the purpose; and their products are within cost parameters for all events and organizations.

Founded in 1965—Experience Counts
The company was founded by the late Douglas R. Ashworth as Ashworth Associates in Marlboro, Massachusetts in 1965, specializing in custom jewelry. Product availability and manufacturing capability grew steadily. The company was incorporated in 1979 as Ashworth Associates Manufacturing and Wholesale Jewelers, Inc., doing business as Ashworth Associates.

They moved to North Attleborough and have expanded twice (and soon again), with manufacturing facilities and offices now located at:
8 Commonwealth Avenue
P.O. Box 831
North Attleborough, MA 02760

The company is now led by President Daniel T. Ashworth, son of the founder. Dan and his wife Kim have built the company into an industry leader—and a running industry resource.

In addition to being the industry leader for sports awards and event recognition, they also service a wide variety of industries, including airlines, other corporations, hospitals, non-profit agencies, schools, universities, clubs, and associations.

Big Names-World Class Events to Local Races
ashworth awards has some of the highest profile events in the world as customers for medals, such as the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon, Bermuda International Marathon, Ragnar Relays, MS Rides, and Race for the Cure to name just a few. But they also supply high quality medals and awards for hundreds of regional and local races. They designed a beautiful medal for the Applefest Half Marathon (1,200 person race), Hollis, New Hampshire, including stunning color and craftsmanship. They put the same high standards to work, whether it is a world class event involving thousands, or a small local 5K or kids’ race.

They can provide any event with distinguished, attractive, unique medals that make a strong statement. Event directors and managers work hard to make their race a success, and they want to work with the best. And there are many types of awards--how do you say “Thank You” to your volunteers?

ashworth awards will work with you in partnership to give you the best value for your money. And they will help you make the awards reflect the hard work and planning that went into all other aspects of the race. Make your statement by giving participants a memorable keepsake they will return for year after year. This is the year; make it the best year ever for your event. Perhaps it is the first annual--begin the first year with the best in the business.

Inexpensive or generic medals reflect badly on the event and organizing committee. It is especially important to “finish” your event with class. With partners such as ashworth awards, you can have the very best, but keep within that all important budget. You can develop a partnership unmatched by other suppliers. Give [i[ashworth awards[/i] a call and use them as a resource to make a statement.

Awards do help determine whether participants will return. Their importance cannot be overlooked. Some events pay a very high price for using generic or inexpensive awards. Similarly, not promoting an event can be really costly. Successful events plan better, and develop partnerships with terrific industry resources such as [i[ashworth awards[/i]. They are simply the best. Go to and check out the possibilities. Or you can e-mail them at, or call them for information (800) 325-1917 or (508) 695-1900.



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