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Sharon Classic Road Race returns with new course

SHARON — Now marking its 37th year as a Sharon tradition, enthusiasm is running high for the Sharon Classic Road Race, coming up on Saturday, May 7, rain or shine. Proceeds for the major annual fundraiser will benefit Sharon Day Care, celebrating 37 years of serving the Sharon community.

Stacy Hudson, vice president of the Day Care board and coordinator for the event, said as of Thursday, April 21, 101 runners had registered with more coming in every day. Pre-registration remains open until May 5. People may also register on race day.

“The past few years have shown us more than ever the importance of being able to provide quality daycare to working families in our area. Our wait list has grown tremendously in the past two years showing the needs of our community,” Hudson said. “We are so excited to be hosting it in a new location and running a new course this year.”

Rather than starting at the Sharon Green, this year for the first time the race’s starting location at 10:15 a.m. will be at Veterans’ Field, following a 5-mile course through Sharon Valley and along Mudge Pond Road and then back to Veterans’ Field.

As in past years, there will be a Kids’ Fun Run that will start at 9:30 a.m. and go for about a mile.

Then there is also a Not-Quite-a-Mile version for those who prefer a more conservative approach.

Participants can even elect a virtual option where they chart their own 5-mile route, agreeing to start at the official start time of 10:15 a.m., and reporting the time they complete the race. Fast Track Timing will collect and post all race times.

Hudson said that the race is an annual project that uses the talents of the entire Sharon Day Care Board of Directors, staff and other willing volunteers, including the Sharon Fire Department and EMT volunteers.

More details can be found on the event website at www.sharonclassic.org, or email sharondaycare@hotmail.com.

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