The Tenth Annual Gregory E. Reeves Memorial Scholarship Run in Lovely Townsend, Massachusetts
On Saturday, October 11, 2014, the tenth annual--and probably the final--Gregory E. Reeves Memorial Scholarship Run will take place in lovely, historic Townsend, Massachusetts. Just 15 miles off Interstate 495, this town and 4.6-mile course seem a world apart. It is a picturesque loop from the quintessential Townsend Common through scenic residential and forested rural roads. Cash prizes, a wonderfully planned course, and lots of post race goodies bring runners back year after year.
Posted Monday, 6 October, 2014
This is a terrific running event by any standard. For ten years Deb and Bill Reeves have put on this wonderful happening for runners and walkers in Townsend in memory of their son. After ten years of supporting the Gregory E. Reeves Scholarship Fund, they are stepping down as race directors and this terrific event will likely close after this running.
Several local participants have enjoyed it so much, the course, community and camaraderie, they are looking into a way to keep the race going when the Reeves step down. But at this point it looks like this will be the final running.
A quick look at the list of sponsors on the race website will tell you just how deeply involved and embedded in the community this race has become. The organization, the prizes, the volunteers, the wonderful course all reflect this sense of small town community and togetherness.
They did not choose an easy course. It is challenging, but very scenic, rural and enjoyable. And it is USATF sanctioned and certified.
This event is held in run in memory of Gregory Reeves. While a sophomore at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he was running with friends when he lost his life 11 years ago. Previously he was a North Middlesex High School student and cross country runner who loved running and learning. The scholarship fund set up in his name 10 years ago benefited students of North Middlesex High School, and it provides several scholarships each year, including one for a student attending WPI.
The race and the scholarship fund celebrate Gregory’s love of life and running and his unquenchable thirst for knowledge. The Gregory E. Reeves Scholarship Fund operates as a component of the larger Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, making all contributions tax deductible.
The event venue is the Townsend Town Common, 5 Brookline Street (Route 13), Townsend, MA 01469. It is just off Main Street (Route 119). Save some money over race day and keep in mind that the registration fee goes up on October 1, so get on board. Cash prizes for the top three women and men and a long list of contributing sponsors make this a prized community event. It is embraced by runners of all abilities—running veterans, beginners, walkers, students—all are welcome. The first 300 registered will receive custom T-shirts (a keepsake as 10th annual and final). What a bargain at only $20.00!
Glarius Rop of Springfield, Massachusetts set the men’s record in winning last year. Victoria Hewey of Sanford, Maine won the women’s 2013 race in 30:55 (the record is 26:08). Chip Mann, who loves this event, ran a remarkable 31:58 on his hometown roads to capture the men’s senior (60-69) age group prize.
This unique event that runs on a pleasant loop from the town common into west Townsend and near the Townsend and Willard Brook State Forests and close to neighboring Mason, New Hampshire. They have a really cute Kiddy Run too, providing shirts and prizes for all the kids participating. The 4.6-mile race will get underway at 10:30 a.m. followed by the adorable Kiddy Run at 12:30 p.m. In addition to the 4.6-mile main event and the Kiddy Run, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities make this one a true community event that provides something for everyone.
Gregory Reeves Memorial Run
Post race festivities will be memorable with a great lunch and celebration on the Common. They will present numerous awards—cash prizes for the first three women and men, and the typical 10-year age group awards including gift certificates.
Pre race number and shirt pickup will be at the Common on race morning beginning at 8:30 a.m.
If you cannot run but still want to be involved, perhaps while friends and family run, then please look into the volunteer opportunities presented. Road Races, including this gem, could not exist without volunteer support.
Join in this racing adventure through beautiful Townsend with near peak foliage and have a look around this historic town! Check it out on the Event Website, Gregory Reeves Memorial Run.
Townsend is the largest town in area in all of Middlesex County at 33 square miles, and is the westernmost except for Ashby. It is not far off I-495 via Route 119 (15 miles), and also off Route 2 via Route 13 (10 miles). The quintessential town common where the race is held is at the intersection of those two.
Middlesex County includes everything from Cambridge west through Lowell and to Ashby up to the New Hampshire border—Townsend is immediately on the border. Townsend is one of 42 towns within Middlesex, which also includes 12 cities and 21 villages. There are about 9,000 residents, so it is very sparsely populated compared with eastern neighbors. Much of the town is state forest land. Townsend is bordered by Ashby on the west, of course, and Lunenburg on the south; Pepperell, Groton, and Shirley lie to the east and southeast, and Brookline and Mason, New Hampshire to the north. It’s just a beautiful region, especially in autumn.
It was settled in 1676 and incorporated in 1732 as Townshend, named for British Secretary of State and cabinet minister, Viscount Charles Townshend. There are many historic buildings worth a peak, including the area around the common but also in West Townsend or “Townsend Harbor”, the mill pond area where you will find an old grist mill, cooperage, Conant House, and Reed House (Townsend Historical Society), and more. It is a superlative place to run!
Run the Tenth and Final
Year after year runners in the area look forward to this 4.6-mile tour of Townsend. It is a challenging, scenic and exciting course, and is exceptionally well organized—it has been a true labor of love for the Reeves family. And so well done! This race has received rave reviews since its inception in 2005.
You won’t want to miss out on this enjoyable autumn race. So sign up today and be a part of the Tenth Anniversary and get in on the celebration and loving memorial. Gregory Reeves Memorial Run