The B.A.A. at 125 – History and Legends Coming to Hopkinton on April 10

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Did you know that the Boston Athletic Association has a history that goes way beyond the Boston Marathon? That history has now been captured in a special commemorative book by long-time writer John Hanc that celebrates the 125th anniversary of the B.A.A. Come and join Hanc who will be in Hopkinton on Wednesday, April 10th for a panel discussion and book signing of his book The B.A.A at 125: The Official History of the Boston Athletic Association, 1887-2012.

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Jump Rope Demo at Elmwood School

They do pushups, jump on pogo sticks, and shoot hoops...all while jumping rope. The Miscoe Hill Skippers, a middle school jump rope team from Upton, get a chance to show off their impressive skills at a select number of schools each year. And on March 28th, Elmwood students were treated to the Skippers' blend of grace and athleticism.

The performance was a reward for Elmwood's continuous support of the American Heart Association. For the past nineteen years, the school has raised over $180,000 as part of the AHA's Jump Rope for Heart program, in which students raise money by jumping rope for a certain period of time. The Skippers' are a demo team for the AHA, meaning that they perform at schools across the state to raise awareness not only about the organization, but about how jump roping is a fun way to stay heart healthy. The goal of their performances is not only to inspire, but to illustrate important life lessons such as teamwork and perseverance.

The Skippers' performance, as well as the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, coincide with Elmwood's wellness unit on jump rope. And the students were certainly inspired to jump, as the Skippers stayed several hours afterward for both gym and recess to work with many of them on improving their skills.

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Elmwood Students to Perform at Dinner With Champions Event in Boston

For over 20 years, as part of John Hancock's Adopt-a-Marathoner Program, the students at Hopkinton's Elmwood Elementary School enjoy a special visit from the elite Kenyan runners during the week leading up to the Boston Marathon.

But this year, students in Mr. Keane's third grade class will have another opportunity to meet the elite runners as guests and performers at the Dinner With Champions sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya and Run With Kenyans, an organization that promotes Kenya's running culture.

Run With Kenyans Founder and CEO Wilson Kiriungi first experienced the Kenyans runners visit to Elmwood School last year and described his experience as magical. He was especially moved by listening to the students sing the Kenyan national anthem.

The Elmwood students will be performing at the dinner and 3rd grade teacher Tom Keane will speak about the 21-year connection between Elmwood School and the Kenyan runners.

Watch the HCAM News interview with Kiriungi as he invites the residents of Hopkinton to join him, the Kenyan runners and the students of Elmwood at the Dinner With Champions which takes place on Saturday, April 13th from 5PM to 8:30PM at the Back Bay Events Center located at 180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA.

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online at Eventbrite.

For more information or questions, email or call (347) 201-2042.

Girls Stomp Clockers

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Hopkinton Girls Varsity Tennis beat Ashland 4-1.
This makes the Hillers are now 2-0 overall, 1-0 in the TVL

Cheering on a Favorite Runner in the 2013 Boston Marathon?

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Visit the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary booth on the Town Common during Marathon Weekend, April 13th & 14th and have a sign made to cheer on your special marathoner. Hopkinton Girl Scout Troop #72216 and Hopkinton Anniversary Committee volunteers will be making signs from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday for a small donation to benefit the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary activities planned for 2015.

A variety of anniversary commemorative items and tickets to the Hopkinton Swing Dance, a 300th Anniversary fundraiser to be held on April 27th at HHS, will also be on sale at the booth.

Hillers Make The MetroWest Daily News Girls Track All-Star Team

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The Daily News Girls Indoor Track All-Star team was selected by staff writer Matthew Serocki with input from area coaches and the Daily News Staff. All text by Matt Serocki.

Hiller Girls Tennis Take Season Opener

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Hopkinton High School Girls Varsity Tennis won 1st match of season by beating Wellesley on Wednesday 4-1 in non-league action in Wellesley. The Hillers Tri Valley League opener is at Ashland on Thursday April 4th.

Boys Track & Field Off to a Winning Start

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Postponed from April 1 to April 2 after the 100M, the Boys Track and Field came out on top beating Westwood 70-66 in their first meet of the season.

According to Coach Mike Donahue, it came down to the relay with Hopkinton finishing in 03:52.0 to Westwood's 04:03.0.

Hopkinton's Kyle Gilbreath finished first in the 100M with a time of 12.2. Tim Bolick took first place in the mile with a time of 04:45.0. Other first place wins were:

Hillers in the Shriners Game

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Ryan Bohlin and Jake Lehman

The Hopkinton Football Team is proud to announce that the Hillers will be sending three representatives to the Massachusetts Shriners All-Star Football Classic played on June 22 at Bentley Stadium.

Both Ryan Bohlin and Jake Lehman will be playing for the South squad and Head Coach Jim Girard will serve as the South Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach.

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Elmwood Students Prepare for Kenya Day at March Meeting of the Eagles

As the Boston Marathon approaches and the Kenyan runners make their annual visit, Elmwood Elementary students have been working hard to get ready. And at their March Meeting of the Eagles, the majority of the time was devoted to preparing for that special day in April.

On Kenya Day, the students will be singing the Kenyan National Anthem, which they practiced at the meeting. They also performed a song in the native Kenyan language of Swahili called "Jambo", which means hello.

And in the spirit of the Boston Marathon, Elmwood students will be running in their own marathon. The kids will have 8 weeks to run a total of either 13.1 miles, a half marathon, or 26.2 miles, a full marathon, as part of a program called the Marathon Fitness Challenge. The program, now in its sixth year, is a partnership between the Wellness Department and the Hopkinton Running club. And last year's program participants ran a total of 12,000 miles.

For participating in the challenge, the students will get a water bottle. For running a half marathon the kids will get a t-shirt. For completing the full marathon, students will earn a medal. And the classroom that runs the most miles collectively will win a special prize.

The entire March Meeting of the Eagles will be airing on HCAM-ED, Verizon Channel 31 and Comcast Channel 96. Check the HCAM schedule for dates and times.


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