Summer Improvement Project: the Couch to Dan Scharfman 5K Program

Couch to 5K

Want to run in Belmont’s Fall Classic? Sign up for the Dan Scharfman Couch to 5K!

Hey Blogging Belmont readers. We’re mid Summer and I have a great summer improvement project for you: yourself! The registration for Belmont’s Fall Classic, the sixth annual Dan Scharfman Memorial 5K and 2K events is now officially open along with the first ever Couch to 5K Program, which will kick off in mid August. This is a great idea for first-time or novice runners who want to run a 5K.
The six week program kicks off in mid August under the direction of Scharfman race co-director, ultra marathoner and past Dan Scharfman overall winner – Belmont’s own Scot DeDeo. The email and group training program will provide you with daily workouts that build you up to the 5K distance along with weekly training emails from Scot with training and conditioning tips, advice and war stories.
Scot DeDeo

Belmont’s own Scot DeDeo, an ultra-marathoner and past overall winner of the Dan Scharfman 5K will be your coach for the Couch to 5K program

Participants will also take part in three group training runs — all part of the journey that takes you from your living room couch to the finish line at the 6th Dan Scharfman Memorial 5K on September 30!
The six week Couch to 5K program costs $80 and includes one adult entry to the Dan Scharfman 5K (a $35 value). As with all our tickets, all proceeds benefitting the Belmont Education Foundation
About the Scharfman Race
If you’re an experienced runner, the Scharfman 5K, is a great tune-up race to test speed and strength before a half or full marathon. The 2K (1.24 mile) race is ideal for children of all ages. This is a common distance for Middle and High School cross country races and we encourage individuals and teams to participate in this exciting race.  So go ahead, make the commitment, and sign up now. Make it a family day out and sign up your spouse and children. Encourage your neighbors, both seasoned runners and novices, to come out for a great cause. Or make it a team event and sign up with your local sports club. Join the hundreds of other runners who can boast “I Ran the Dan!!”
Registration is simple. Just follow this link to our registration site, hosted by Racewire. Or, to learn more about the race, visit .

Belmont Porchfest Meet & Greet Thursday

Somerville Porchfest

A scene from one of Somerville’s recent Porchfest celebrations

Belmont will host its first Porchfest on September 8. Want to learn more? There’s a meet and greet at Belmont Books on Thursday evening, July 12th starting at 5 pm!

You may not know it, but Belmont is becoming the latest town to host its own “porchfest,” along with peer communities like Somerville, Arlington, Jamaica Plain and more. Porchfests are daylong celebrations of music and community, with impromptu concerts scattered around town on front lawns and, yes, porches.

Porchfest Belmont Books Meet and Greet

Come learn more about Porchfest Thursday evening at Belmont Books!

Belmont’s Porchfest is scheduled for Saturday, September 8th and, already, there are 22 performances scheduled across 28 porches in town. The event already has the backing of Belmont Savings Bank and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  The organization is looking to grow that number by the time September rolls around to give everyone in town the chance to experience great, live music.

If you’re interested in learning more, there’s a Meet & Greet with the Porchfest organizers tomorrow (Thursday) evening at 5PM at Belmont Books. Come by and learn about the event and get any questions answered about participating or just attending the first annual Belmont Porchfest!

As with any big event, Porchfest’s organizers are also looking for volunteers from the community to make the event a success.

The organizers are looking for people willing to perform, host performances, volunteering and fund raising. Let’s make Belmont’s first Porchfest a great success. I’ll see you there!

Get Involved: Town Committee Application Deadline is Today!

Attention Blogging Belmont readers and restless progressives: are you tired of yelling at cable TV and pulling your hair out over the headlines? Well, there’s a great opportunity for you to get involved and actually make important changes happen in your community.


Belmont needs volunteers for its committees. Put in your application today!

I’m speaking of course of our many and able Town Committees which, together, do much of the yeoman’s work in this $160 million non profit organization we call The Town of Belmont. Volunteering for one of the many, interesting Town Committees is a great way to make your voice heard and to meet engaged, talented and smart Belmontonians who share your passion for the town and willingness to get involved.

I say this because today (Monday, July 9) is the last day to submit an application to the Board of Selectmen for appointment to a committee. There are openings on some of the Town’s most important and influential committees to consider including the Belmont Planning Board, the Capital Budget Committee, the Human Rights Commission, the Community Preservation Committee (oversees funds from the Community Preservation Act) , the Energy Committee and so on.

The application can be found here. Also, The Town Clerk’s Office has a portal set up that gives you all the information you need as well as links to the application form. You have until Midnight to email your application in and you can apply to multiple committees if your interests are broad.

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