Sep 18

Run for the Hills 2014

On September 7th, the Run for Hills 5k Trail Run had a banner day with perfect weather and a record turnout. 250 registrants from 5 states and 60 towns enjoyed the open space, fields, and trails of beautiful Harvard, MA. 100% of the net proceeds were contributed to the Harvard Conservation Trust. We are most grateful for our sponsors, volunteers, and participants. Next year’s race will again be on the Sunday after Labor Day (9/13/15) at 10 a.m.

The results and pictures are posted. Enjoy!

Jul 14

NVGP results posted after the Harvard 4th of July 5-miler

The results are in …

Young phenom Sylvia Jackson from Littleton leads the Women’s field and newcomer to the series Robert McWaters of Harvard leads the Men. Here’s your top-10:



Place Full Name Har 5M Time Grot 10k Time NVGP Time NVGP Points Age Gen Town State
1 SYLVIA JACKSON 34.57 43.08 77.65 100.00 15 F LITTLETON MA
2 SHANNON DUNN 38.52 46.87 85.38 90.94 41 F GARDNER MA
3 MEGAN ANDERSON 38.65 46.77 85.42 90.91 23 F BERLIN MA
4 KRANTI PARVATE 40.17 52.48 92.65 83.81 33 F SHIRLEY MA
5 CINDY PROULX 42.77 50.08 92.85 83.63 50 F LITTLETON MA
6 MIMI ENGLANDER 42.75 50.18 92.93 83.55 53 F LITTLETON MA
7 ROSANNE RICO-BALES 48.68 58.27 106.95 72.60 49 F LITTLETON MA
8 CHRISTINE ROBINSON 47.07 62.45 109.52 70.90 37 F STOW MA
9 BECCA STACY 50.67 62.33 113.00 68.72 26 F DEDHAM MA
10 SARA MCMAHAN 53.77 62.67 116.43 66.69 34 F CONCORD MA




Place Full Name Har 5M Time Grot 10k Time NVGP Time NVGP Points Age Gen Town State
1 ROBERT MCWATERS 30.93 39.68 70.62 100.00 35 M HARVARD MA
2 NATHAN JOHNSON 32.07 39.18 71.25 99.11 15 M LITTLETON MA
3 GEOFF CHRIST 34.45 42.45 76.90 91.83 47 M GROTON MA
4 DON COSENTINO 36.63 43.55 80.18 88.07 47 M ASHBURNHAM MA
5 DAVID PECCHIA 36.77 44.38 81.15 87.02 51 M CHELMSFORD MA
6 SPENCER MCEWEN 37.35 44.92 82.27 85.84 33 M HARVARD MA
7 RAYMOND HALE 38.12 45.47 83.58 84.49 61 M MARLBOROUGH MA
8 ETHAN RAMBACHER 38.88 44.80 83.68 84.39 17 M LITTLETON MA
9 JOE SMEDLEY 38.58 46.93 85.52 82.58 62 M CHELMSFORD MA
10 ISAAC WOODWARD 38.37 48.43 86.80 81.36 31 M MANCHESTER NH


As always, please send any questions or issues that you might find with the results to

Next up … the Littleton 5k on 9/21/2014!!! Hope to get a good showing and see if the leaderboard changes …


Jul 04

The Great Harvard 4th of July Road Races – another great day in Harvard, MA!

The Great Harvard 4th of July went off in spite of some predicted bad weather this morning in overcast skies and temps in the 70’s. Humidity was relatively high but that didn’t stop eventual Men’s winner Glarius Rop of setting a blazingly fast course record of 24:47 (4:57/miile) and taking home a $100 course record prize. The women’s race was won by 15 year old Sylvia Jackson of Littleton.

Glarius Rop course record

Glarius Rop – Men’s Winner (new course record!)

Sylvia Jackson - Women's Winner

Sylvia Jackson – Women’s Winner

And, in the fun run, there were 70 kids that ran the race today and all appears to have a great time out on the course!

Kids Fun Run - race start

Kids Fun Run – race start

The results and pictures of both races are now posted.

Thanks to all the race committee members, sponsors (please visit links on this page and support our sponsors!), volunteers (Bare Hill Rowing Association & Bromfield Girls Lacrosse), police, & ambulance squad who make this race possible.

See everyone in September for the Run for the Hills trail race and the Apple Harvest Ramble races….

Enjoy the summer!


Jul 03

4th of July races are still a go!

The Great Harvard 4th of July 5-miler and fun run classics are scheduled for tomorrow!

In the event of thunder & lightning, we will have up to a 1-hour delay. If at that point, it is still not safe to run the race, it will be canceled.

As of now and until such time as we have to cancel the race, it’s a go!

Please email if you have any questions.


/Mike Thornton
Race Director

Dec 30

2013 … going, going …

2013 is almost in the books (as they say) and this is a perfect time to say thank you to our sponsors, runners, committee members and volunteers for which our races would not happen.

This year, the Harvard Road Race Association, put on 3 races : The Great 4th of July 5-miler, the Apple Harvest Ramble and the Harvard kids (only!) trail race. And, we assisted with the Harvard Conservation Trust’s annual Run for the Hills Trail race.

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2013 4th of July Fun Run

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2013 4th of July 5-miler


2013 4th of July Apple Harvest Ramble – 5&10 Milers


2013 Harvard Kids Trail Race

And, one last thank you to all of our sponsors …. please help our sponsors who make our races possible:

Shepherd Veterinary Clinic
Acton Medical Associates
Bolton Family Medicine
Boxborough Liquors
Corrugated Packaging, Inc
Dennis F. Murphy Insurance Agency
Harvard Chiropractic
Harvard Realty – Jenn Russo
Jasonics Security
Liberty Distribution
Nashoba Vision Associates
New England Peptide, Inc.
Roche Brothers
Rollstone Bank and Trust
Sorrento’s Pizzeria
Valley Orthopaedic Associates
Warren Design Build


We are looking forward to putting on some great races in 2014. Enjoy the New Year!

Nov 30

NVGP final results posted!

The 3rd Annual Nashoba Valley Grand Prix series concluded with the Ayer Thanksgiving Day Firefighter 5k this past Thursday. It was a perfect day for a race and the committee from Ayer always puts on a great event as does Groton and Harvard. I would like to congratulate all those that participated in our series and thank all of the towns who committed resources (time & money) to make this series happen. It’s always nice to hear runners say that they wouldn’t have run these races if it wasn’t for the series and the coveted custom printed hoodie at the end!

The final results are posted and the winners are the following:


  • Sylvia Jackson – 1st place
  • Amei Shei – 2nd place
  • Sue Cote – 3rd place


  • Dave Dixon – 1st place
  • Don Cosetino – 2nd place
  • Christopher Russell – 3rd place

(Christopher Russell is on the Groton race committee and not eligible for prize money. The money rolls down to Spencer McEwen of Harvard, MA. Sylvia Jackson is also not eligible for prize money as she is only 14 years old. As she did last year, her prize money will be donated to a cause to be named.)

The committee is made up of members of the race committees from Ayer, Groton and Harvard. The committee will be meeting at some point soon to decide if the series will continue for a 4th year.

Enjoy the Winter and keep on running!!!

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Nov 11

New pictures for RFTH 2013

Some new pics have been loaded to the Run For the Hills 2013 picture gallery. Enjoy!

Nov 08

Another year … another kids trail race!

The kids trail race is in the books and, once again, lots of happy kids out on the trails at beautiful Bowers Springs! The results are pictures are posted.












We would like to thank all of our sponsors for this race but certainly Sherpherd Veterinary, Jasonics and Carlsons. We couldn’t do this without our sponsors and the support of the community!

See everyone next year!



Oct 09

NVGP results updated after Harvard 10M

It took me much longer than hoped to get the results up but they are now posted. Please email if you find any mistakes.

Good luck to those that are still in the running for cash and the coveted hooded sweathshirt!


Sep 30

Apple Harvest Ramble 2013!

Another great day of weather, another great day of racing and another great day for the 2013 edition of the Apple Harvest Ramble.

The 5 mile race was won by Andrew Gordon in a time of 31:25 and Liz Weber in 41:08. The 10 mile race was won by Nick Santoro in a time of 56:06 and 14-year old Sylvia Jackson in a time of 1:09:44!

The results and pictures have been posted. If you would like a high resolution pictures, please email the with the image number.

I am working on start and finish line movies so stay tuned ….

See everyone and their kids at the 5th annual Harvard Kids Trail race on 11/3/2013!

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