About Dan Scharfman
In January 2013, Dan Scharfman, a pillar of the Belmont community, passed away suddenly. He was 55. A father of two and an elected member of The Belmont School Committee and Belmont Town Meeting, Dan was a tireless advocate for the Belmont Public Schools.
An IT professional by training, Dan was a life-long learner who used his skills to help non-profit organizations and charities to make the most of technology. And, as an avid runner, marathoner and ultra-marathoner, Dan was a common sight on the Belmont streets, just as he was a constant presence at town and school events.
Dan was irreplaceable. But out of the shock and sadness of his passing came the energy and resolution to honor his memory in a way that reflected his passions and values. In a few short months, the Dan Scharfman Memorial Run, a 5K race sponsored and organized by the Foundation for Belmont Education, was born.
About The Race
The Dan Scharfman Memorial Run is a fun morning of running that includes both a 5K race and a companion 2K (1.24 miles) run. The proceeds from the races fund the Dan Scharfman Education Innovative Fund for the Foundation for Belmont Education’s Innovative Teaching Initiative. This initiative combines two of Dan’s passions and education priorities: professional development for teachers and school technology.
The Dan Scharfman Memorial Run 5K (USATF MA13031JK) covers a scenic, 5-kilometer route through this historic Boston suburb. Starting and ending at the Belmont High School track on Concord Avenue, the 5K course winds gently uphill in its first half, passing three of the town’s six public schools and the historic Payson Park Reservoir along the way. At about the midway mark, the course turns downhill (roughly at Chenery Middle School) and finishes with a loop around Clay Pit Pond and Belmont High School and a dash to the finish line back at the Belmont High School track. Total length: 5K.
The Dan Scharfman Memorial Run 2K (1.24 miles) is a timed race suitable for runners of all ages and abilities. It follows a flat, loop course from the Belmont High School Track around Clay Pit Pond and Belmont High School, finishing back at the Track.
Number Pick Up
Race bibs will be available for pick up at the Belmont High School Track beginning at 8:00 AM on race day.
Pre-race pick up sites will be designated in the weeks leading up to the race and runners will be informed of their location.
If you choose to pick up your bib on the day of the race, please allow yourself extra time, as there may be lines.
Post Race Events
An awards ceremony will follow the completion of both the 5K and 2K (1.24 miles) races.
- 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Bib pick up & race day registration
- 9:30 AM: Dan Scharfman Memorial 5K
- 10:15 AM: 5K race awards ceremony
- 10:45 AM: Dan Scharfman Memorial 2K (1.24 miles)
- 11:15 AM: Awards ceremony & celebration
Directions & Parking
The Belmont High School Track is located on Concord Avenue, adjacent to Belmont High School. (View it on Mapquest here: http://mapq.st/1GSyiKz)
The Track can be easily reached by car and public transportation and there is ample parking available for runners at Belmont High School.
The Foundation for Belmont Education is grateful for your support!