MRC Roars Back With The Ken Harrod Memorial Bike Festival

The Minuteman Road Club is pleased to announce the Harvard Firefighters Association Ken Harrod Memorial Bike Festival p/b the MRC on Saturday May 31, 2014 in Harvard, MA. The Festival will include BOTH a USAC sanctioned road race AND a bike ride both of which will benefit the Harvard Firefighters’ Association. Registration is now open for both the race and the ride.


Those familiar with the road race the Minuteman Road Club has hosted for the last 19 years will appreciate the similarities and differences this new venue offers. The approximately 10 mile course loops clockwise out of Harvard Center and rolls over some of the 495/Metro-West area’s most familiar climbs. (You can see the course in this Strava Segment). The race course will challenge competitors as they climb Westcott and then Warner Road to the highest point in the loop then after a brief descent, back to climbing on Green Road. This is followed by a rapid descent to Still River Road where two more gradual longer climbs await – the second of which brings racers back to the start/finish in the center of town.

Registration is now open for the race: and closes May 28th, 2014 at 5pm.


On the same day as the race, the MRC is presenting Harvard Firefighters Association 5th Annual Ken Harrod Memorial Bike Ride. With an 11 mile and 19 mile loop available to registered riders, the routes for this ride take the cyclists along some of the most scenic roads in the area.

T-shirts and gift bags will be provided to the first 100 registered riders and in addition to the rides, there will also be a short chaperoned kids ride. Additional information is available on the registration page:


Map of the loop for the 19 mile ride.

Funds raised from the ride and the race will support a number of different causes:

  • The Harvard Firefighters’ Scholarship Fund ($1,000 awarded in 2013)
  • The Harvard Firefighters’ Equipment Fund ($4,000 on thermal cameras and gear lockers)
  • The Student Awareness of Fire Education Program
  • The Harvard Firefighters’ Benevolence Fund
  • The Harvard Firefighters’ Family Crisis Fund
  • Sponsorship of Harvard Youth Sports
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