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GFRC Summer Track Series
The meets begin at 6 p.m., with registration opening around 5:30 p.m. The events included in each of the meets include: 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 800 meter dash and 1 mile distance events as well as long jump, softball throw and a 400 meter relay. All events, whenever practicable, are staged in age-graded and often gender-segregated heats. This system facilitates organization of the simplest and often fairest competition among the hundreds of competitors.
Volunteers from the Greater Framingham Running Club staff all events. Rich & Chris Chesmore, long time members of the GFRC serve as the meet directors. All running events are hand-timed, and winning times along with winner names are recorded and sometimes published in The Boston Globe scoreboard. Occasionally, second and third place finishing times in various heats are recorded. The $1 registration fee entitles participants to compete in as many events as he or she desires. (Complete series registration is also available.) Blue, red or yellow ribbons are awarded to the first three finishers in every running heat as well as to the age-graded division winners in the softball throw and long jump and blue ribbons are awarded to all members of winning relay teams. The Framingham Parks and Recreation Department serves as a series co-sponsor - without their support we would not be able to hold the meets.
For more information, please call Rich Chesmore, series co-director, at 508-875-0201.
|Where||Bowditch Field Athletic and Cultural Complex (Framingham Parks and Recreation) 475 Union Ave, Framingham, MA 01702|
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|Who to bring||Everyone|
More About Bowditch Field Athletic and Cultural Complex (Framingham Parks and Recreation)
Bowditch Field Athletic and Cultural Complex was named for Nathaniel Bowditch, a 1908 charter member of the Framingham Parks and Recreation and owner of Milwood Farm in 1946, a year after he died. Bowditch Field, maintained by the Framingham Parks and Recreation Department, is the home of the Framingham Flyers. It dates back to 1917, when the Town of Framingham agreed to purchased the fair grounds to be used as athletic fields. The Field has a long history. In the 1920s, a semi-pro football team the Lion Tamers played on the field. The first high school game was played in 1924. In 1936, the Boston Braves, a NFL franchise practiced at the field. In 1937, that team became the Washington Redskins. In 1958, high school graduation ceremonies were moved to Bowditch Field. And between 1963-1990, Framingham North and Framingham South played football before the field's largest crowds. Night lights were added in 1985. In 1997, the Boston Renegades, a professional womens soccer team played its inaugural season at Bowditch. The team continued to play there through 2008. In Nov. 2009, after approval from Town meeting, renovations began on the current field complex.