9X Boston Marathon finisher, 17X marathons total. Sharing my love for running and the fun adventures and lessons that come with it. Helping non-profits increase fundraising and new runners celebrate their First 5K.
Head west for a scenic, USATF certified, fall half marathon or 5K.
25th Annual Monson Memorial Classic
The 25th Annual Monson Memorial Classic takes place on November 17th.
These USATF Certified races start at Noon.
The Monson Memorial Classic road race was started in 1996 in memory of Kelly Waldron and Kathy Waldron Perry.
These sisters died eight months apart from different types of cancer. In the past proceeds have gone to the American Cancer Association of Western Mass, American Lung Association, Quaboag Valley Hospice, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
1/2 Marathon Challenging and scenic course through country roads. Long sleeve T shirts to the 1ST 200 entrants, and medals to all finishers. Great prize money and medals to top 5 men/women, and in age divisions! *** $10 Gift cards for Tree House Brewery to 1st 200 entrants!!
Race day entry is $60, via cash or check made payable to MMC. Live music and best post-race food ever!
5K Great course and short sleeve T shirts to 1st 100 runners. Medals and ale glasses to top 3 finishers, as well as age divisions. Live music and best post-race food on the planet!
Race day entry is $40 via cash or check made payable to MMC.
Grab some friends and run the half or 5k. Have a great time and help out some folks who could use your support.
Originally posted April 1st, 2016 while training for the Boston Marathon. Updated September 24, 2021.
Def: Emotional roller-coaster, feeling bloated, fat, slow and lazy. An endless urge to eat everything in sight, and to seek out food not in sight. The constant feeling like you should be doing something else right now, like running or stretching or checking on the weather three weeks away.
This Saturday we had our longest run of the season: 21.5 miles, or twenty-something depending on how many times you stopped your watch or forgot to re-start your watch.
Taper time hasn’t even really begun.
I ran 5.91 miles Tuesday night and cranked out negative splits on the last three miles. It just felt so good. I pushed up the hills and cruised down the hills.
Thursday the taper tantrums really set in. Something set me off in the morning and I was just kind of pissed off all day. I thought I was just pissed. It’s way too early for the taper tantrums.
As the day wore on and on, it dawned on me what was going on. I was in full blown taper mode and I had barely recovered from my long run. What is going on here?
Running with cinder blocks
Now that I’m in the early stages of mid-life, I’ve come to understand mood swings. We all have them; runners have them in spades. When I was younger I surfed the waves of emotion with little control or awareness. If I was running high, whoa! I went with it. If I was in the valley, knife was in hand. Don’t cross me. Metaphorically, of course!
Being older and wiser I can feel the engines ignite. I know what to expect and where this rocket ship is going and that no one else really cares. It’s my freakin ride, step off.
I can also feel the cold dark ugliness of the valley. Nothing is good and everything is bad. If you cross me I’m liable to cut you down in a sentence. You won’t deserve it but I can’t help it.
In full blown taper tantrum, a runner’s mood swings can be sudden, extreme and long.
I think I dove right into my taper tantrums this time because I’m running with cinder blocks. I freely chose these weights and the responsibilities are all mine.
I chose to run a marathon under-prepared and take on a fundraising commitment. I chose to start a business and try to figure everything out. I chose a demanding job. I chose all of this and take full responsibility.
I’m feeling under prepared for a marathon that so many people only get to run once. I worry I’m not showing the respect due a renowned race such as this. The Boston Marathon is not a race to be taken lightly. It is more than a race.
But each commitment and exhausting activity weighs on me. I don’t have time to be bored. Barely have time for lunch or a relaxing drink.
Running with cinder blocks amplifies and intensifies my moods and reactions. I don’t have time for bull shit.
Runners tend to be very focused. We need to get in our training and try to eat right and avoid injury. We are like a guided missile locked onto our targets. Don’t get in our way.
While people around us are tossing idle banter we are calculating the total distance we ran for the week, so far. How to get in a 7 mile run at lunch between meetings and calls. How to avoid a box of Girl Scout cookies in the kitchen. How can I get my work done and get to what matters, running, when everyone keeps bugging the shit out of me?
I love you all and everything you have done for me. But expect me to be in the valley with my cinder blocks a lot these next few weeks.
Looking for a 5K in Somerville, MA? Look no further.
2021 Somerville 5K Race Directory
Updated September 18, 2021
Davis Square is the most popular location for Somerville 5K race events. Assembly Row and the DCR Blessing of the Bay boat house on The Mystic River are also popular locations for 5K races in Somerville.
Somerville 5K races range in size from a few hundred to a few thousand runners. Some are party events geared towards a younger crowd, and some are family oriented and great to bring your kids to.
The list of Somerville 5K races changes yearly. 2020 saw many races cancelled due to COVID-19. Hopefully with the vaccines you will be able to run Somerville 5K race in person in 2021.
Most of these races have not updated their information for 2021 yet, so be sure to check back for updates.
If you are managing a race that is not on this list, send your information to – email@example.com.
This race take place off of Mass Ave on Sidney Street. This is a large race with a great post race party. Public transportation is a good idea, keys and kids are optional.
I’ve run this race several times and it is always a good time. It’s great to see the fast runners and hang out with friends, old and new, at the apre race party.
This is a flat course and over a mile of the race is run down Mass Ave. Total elevation gain for this Cambridge 5K is 30 feet.
Get 19 of your friends to form a team and get a VIP tent complete with cold beer. The tent comes with a table and they are close to the music and pouring stations. Plus they make a great place to stow your gear and hang out with your friends.
The Bionic5K celebrates hope over despair, diversity over uniformity, possibilities over disabilities.
Join us for this virtual 5K race anywhere you like to run or walk. The Bionic5K recognizes the resilience and tenacity of disabled athletes while celebrating advances in science and technology that are ushering in a new bionic age.
Whether you are running with a prosthetic, an artificial hip, an upgraded knee, an Apple Watch or a fitbit, join us. All are welcome: disabled runners, able-bodied runners, walkers, scientists, technologists, students, teachers, kids and parents.
All proceeds will benefit the Bionic Project Inc, a non-profit whose mission is to help advance new prosthetic technologies and to broaden the access to resources that promote active lifestyles and athletics for those who must overcome physical challenges.
This race and walk raise funds to support ALS research. The race is held in Technology Square and features a 5K run, 4 mile walk and wheelchair ride. All proceeds benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Fundraising is encouraged, but not required.
This is a nice run through East Cambridge with several small hills.
This is a remarkably small race for Cambridge with only 184 finishers in 2018. If you are looking for a nice race for your kids, this is it.
Our race benefits the girls of Cambridge by supporting the Cambridge Girls Softball League and other girls’ sports with funds from the race. These great organizations work on team building, athletic skills, and strengthen the connection among physical, mental and social well-being of girls.
Post-Race Block Party After the race there will a block party and celebration of our survival of COVID. It will be held outside Paddy’s until 6PM! Walden Street will be closed off to traffic and there will be a large beer garden and local food trucks. This year the race will be dedicated to our beloved and much missed Tom Courtney, aka Black Cloud.
I know, this is a 5K directory, so why am I listing a half marathon? Because I love half marathons and I want all of you to show up. We almost lost this race.
The Cambridge Half debuted in 2016 and had a second running in 2017. The race was cancelled due to permitting issues in 2018, then COVID-19 struck.
The Cambridge Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile USATF certified course* that starts & finishes at CambridgeSide. It is a fast & flat course through Cambridge featuring: MIT, Riverbend Park, John W. Weeks Footbridge, Harvard Stadium, Charles River and Harvard Square. With so much eye candy, the 13.1 miles will fly by – both literally and figuratively.
Swag includes a great 1/4 zip pull over in men’s and women’s sizes. In the past there has been a rockin party in the garage with lots of food and beverage.
Race proceeds benefit Cambridge Camping and City of Cambridge Scholarship Fund.
Several Cambridge 5K races have come and gone. We are lucky to have The Cambridge Half back again this year.
COVID-19 has postponed some races and delayed the opening of registration for others. I will keep this directory updated, so check back often for for news.
I’ve run several of these races and had a great time.
As runners we need to be good guests and respectful of the people who live in the neighborhoods that we run through.
When only one side of a road is open to runners, we need to let traffic use the other side of the road.
We are guests and we are inconveniencing people so we can have our fun. We also have to keep in mind that most people think we are crazy to be out running in the first place.
I don’t know what the answer is, but there has to be a way to co-exist with the city while we have our fun. If you have ideas on where races could be staged or how we could be less of a nuisance to the citizens of Cambridge, please reply to this blog with your ideas.
I came up with the idea for the “My First 5K Medal” while running a local 5K.
I was running the “Run for all Ages” in Wakefield, Mass. and a friend of mine was running the race with his daughter. She was probably 8 or 10 and still at that age where Dad is her hero and best friend.
As we ran along we chatted like runners often do. With great pride on both of their faces they told me this was her first 5K and first race ever with dad! The smiles on their faces and the look in their eyes told more than words can say.
It filled me with joy to see them sharing this experience and creating this wonderful memory. My friend Joe took up running later in life like I did and it changed his life and possibly saved it. To see him sharing his sport and the “thing that Dad did” with his daughter was awesome.
Having older children, I knew what a special moment this was for both of them.
I was running a little faster than Joe and his daughter, so we wished each other well and I took off ahead.
As I ran along, I realized that the “Run for all Ages” doesn’t give out finisher’s medals. Most runners at this race are veteran runners and running races isn’t about the medals for them. It seemed like a shame that my friend’s daughter wouldn’t get a medal at her first 5K. That just didn’t seem right to me.
My First 5K Medal Origins
I didn’t know anything about medals when I started this process. I was just a collector. To start with, I Googled race medals and found all kinds of inexpensive options. Some companies would customize a decal, but they still didn’t look worthy of a First 5K run.
At the high end were custom medals that marathons and half-marathons typically award. Since marathons and half-marathons charge more, they can afford custom medals.
Most 5Ks attract fewer runners than marathons and half-marathons. I learned that smaller orders mean higher prices per medal.
I also looked to see what experienced race directors had to say about 5K medals and the expenses of running a 5K.
In a 2005 Cool Running article Boston Marathon Race Director, Dave McGillivray, gave a detailed estimate of the costs to produce the average 500 person race. He included everything from t-shirts to toilets and came up with a cost per runner of $20.30. In 2005 the average 5K entry fee was $20.00.
Without sponsors, his race example lost money. His estimate did not include awards or finishers medals. Prices have increased since 2005, but the average 5K entry fee in 2015 was only $25.00.
Dave’s article indicates that in 2005 it was a long-standing practice not to provide finishers medals at 5Ks. Race Directors just couldn’t make the expense fit into their already tight budgets.
A New Concept in 5K Medals
It became obvious why 5K races didn’t give out medals anymore. Veteran runners don’t run for the medals. For a race to offer a quality, custom medal they need to charge every runner more money.
Surveys have indicated that most runners are more concerned with registration fees and less concerned with medals.
It dawned on me that perhaps a special 5K medal for first time runners would make sense.
I worked with Ashworth Awards to develop a new concept in 5K medals, the “My First 5K Medal.” Ashworth makes medals for thousands of races including the most famous race of all, the Boston Marathon.
I felt good working with a highly respected company such as Ashworth. They are the experts in the field and helped me design a high quality medal.
We designed a medal 2″ in diameter and 3.5mm thick. Stack two quarters and you will see the thickness of this medal.
Since 2014 I have been providing medals to runners and races across the country. I would be honored to send a medal to you for your child’s First 5K or your friend’s, spouse or colleague. Every runner deserves a great medal for their First 5K.
If you are a race director looking to add something new and special to your race, I can help. I work with race directors to offer the My First 5K medal for first time runners at no cost to your race, and increase fundraising.
As the world turns and we tilt away from the sun, meteorological fall begins in the northern hemisphere.
Meteorological Fall begins on September 1st.
Most of us use the calendar or the chill in the breeze to determine when fall begins.
Meteorologist break the seasons into three-month periods that roughly correspond to the traditional seasons.
This is more precise and eliminates variability. Meteorologists are scientist after all!
For most of us summer ends when Labor Day weekend ends. Some people seem to feel that summer ends on the 5th of July!
Summer vs Fall
I really enjoy the summer and for the most part don’t mind the heat. When the wind blows in July and there isn’t a chill in the breeze, that is summer.
When the wind blows in October and there is a chill in the air, that is fall to me.
And when the last tomato comes off the spindly vine, then it’s really over!
Running in a summer rain can be nice. I wouldn’t want to run a marathon in a summer storm but I have run a 5K in the middle of a lightening storm (not so fun) and I’ve done many training runs in the warm summer rain.
Running in high heat and/or humidity can be brutal and that is why so many races take place in the spring and fall months.
Fall is a great time to run as the summer heat fades but we tend to have less rain than the spring. By the end of October we have often had our first frost and fall begins to feel a bit like winter.