Carson race ready to run once more – Lowell Sun

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CHELMSFORD — After a two-year absence, the Carson July 4th 2-Miler will return to the streets.

The Fourth of July staple was canceled in 2019 and 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, but race director Bob Sullivan reported Monday morning that the race will return this year.

The race will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Parkhurst Road behind Hannaford supermarket in Chelmsford. The finish line is in Chelmsford Center. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m.

“It’s probably not going to be our highest attendance, but we’ll get a good amount of people and I think people will be excited that it’s back and I certainly am,” Sullivan said. “Let’s go!”

An attractive $1,000 prize awaits a runner, male or female, who breaks the course record.

Three men share the course record of 8:50 – Patrick Tarpy (2007), Louie Luchini (2010) and Louis Serafini (2018). The women’s course record of 9:54 was established in 2018 by Katrina Coogan.

The race normally attracts nearly 2,000 entrants and many years more than 2,000 runners have finished, including the 2013 (2,231), 2012 (2,140) and 2017 (2,012) races. Due to the short distance, the Carson race is popular with runners of all ages.

A total of 1,800 runners completed the course in 2019, the last time the event was held, with Daniel Curtis of Ellsworth, Maine the overall winner (8:54) and Haley Abing of Boston (10:52) the women’s winner.

The cash prizes for the top three male and female runners are $500, $300 and $200.

The entry fee for adults is $20, $25 on race day. For runners 12 and under, it’s $15 pre-registered as well as on race day. T-shirts are part of the entry fee, though it’s no guarantee they will be available for people who register late.

Thousands of spectators, many waiting for the Chelmsford 4th of July Parade, give the race a big city feel, especially on North Road. If it’s a hot day, which it normally is, many neighbors cool down the runners by spraying water into the air.

“We’re going to put on a normal race,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said the only potential changes to the event could occur after the finish line in order to keep people from gathering in large clusters. Sullivan said he’s happy the race is returning as society begins to return to normal.

The race is run in memory of Chelmsford High running standout John Carson, who was killed during a training run with teammates when he was struck by a train in Chelmsford on Dec. 30, 1987.

Race proceeds go toward a scholarship awarded to a deserving Chelmsford High student. Applications are available at Sullivan Farms Ice Cream, 176 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro.

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