This weekend presents a longstanding running tradition here in the Keene area – the 2018 Clarence Demar Marathon to be held on Sunday, September 30th, 2018.
Since 1978 this race has been a staple event for athletes from the Monadnock region and beyond. It was was founded in honor of a local gentleman by the name of Clarence Demar, whose history in running is legend. See – Clarence liked to run. A lot. In fact, he apparently ran everywhere, to the store, to work, you name it – he ran it. And one day he decided it was time to take his running to a new level – to compete, by taking part in his first Boston Marathon (Clarence was no underachiever). And while not a ‘professional’ runner – he came in second place – In the Boston Marathon!
The rest, as they say, is history. Clarence went on to win many more Boston Marathons, seven to be exact, and developed nicknames like DeMarvelous and Mr. DeMarathon. No other runner has won more marathons to date, and surprisingly, Clarence holds the record for the oldest winner of Boston too.
Clarence was a Keene resident, a teacher of what is now Keene State College, as well as a coach of the running teams, and the race established in his honor. You can read more about Clarence here.
The course is a Boston Marathon qualifier and open to runners, spectators, and volunteers. This year’s event offers a full marathon, a half marathon, and a kids/super seniors’ race. Check out the full schedule of festivities online.
Masiello Employment is happy to support this classic New England Road Race. And while many of our people at Masiello Employment are not runners, we are still proud to be a part of this local tradition. Our job is to connect clients and workers in the Keene area who, thanks to events like this, are attracted to our thriving local community.