Monson Memorial Classic

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.

This year proceeds will benefit Griffin’s Friends.

Griffin’s Friends was founded in 1994 in Springfield, MA and named in honor of Griffin Kelleher, who lost his courageous battle with cancer at 14 months of age.

Griffin’s Friends is a nonprofit group that provides support to children who are stricken with cancer, and their families. To learn more, visit www.griffinsfriends.com.

Monson Memorial Classic Half Marathon and 5K

Registration for these races is $50 for the Half and $30 for the 5K.

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A few details for you:

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.

Run well my Friends!

Andy

Taper Tantrums

Taper Tantrums

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.

Boston Marathon, taper tantrums 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.

Run well and please excuse me.

Andy

Somerville 5K Race Directory 2021

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 – info@omnirunning.com.

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M.O.M.’s Run 5K

TBD May | 10:00 AM | Sunday – Cancelled

The race was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID restrictions

The Mary O’Brien Memorial Run 5K took place at Baxter Park at Assembly Row Somerville.

Proceeds from this Somerville 5K benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Over 16 years they have raised over $220,000.

Registration was $30 for the 5K and $5 for the kids 0.1 mile run.

Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle

9-16 May | Completed for 2021

Mystic Herring Run 2020, Virtual Race, Somerville 5K race directory, kayak race Registration is closed!

2021 will be the 25th year for this 5K and paddling event and it will be a virtual event this year as well.

For 2021 you can run the 5k course and/or paddle a 9 mile distance.

Complete both races and you are eligible for the “Iron Herring Award”.

They provide course maps for the run and paddle, but since it is virtual I imagine that you can run the 5K anywhere.

2021 registration is only $10 and that is good for both the 5K and 9-mile paddle.

The Mystic is a great river to paddle on as there is very little powerboat traffic.

The race is a fundraiser for the Mystic River Watershed Association.

The paddle event takes place at the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville.

$10 for that much fun and racing is hard to beat!

2020 Results

#VIRTUALHRP

Fast and Furriest Fitness Challenge

Virtual Challenge went through May 31st

dog 5k race, somerville 5k races This 5K will be a Virtual Fitness challenge for 2021.

Registration was $45.

The event is a fundraiser for the MSPCA and Angell Memorial. 2020 was the fifth year for this Somerville 5K and their first virtual race.

Even with the challenges of 2020, they raised over $110,000.

This year the more money you raise the more chances you receive to enter into their drawing for a Peloton bike!

How cool is that?

Official Rules

Race to the Row

August 2022 | 9:00 AM

race to the row 5K, somerville 5K race

This race was cancelled in 2020 and no information is available for the 2021 race.

This is a Somerville Road Runners production at Assembly Square. In addition to the 5K, there is a “Fast Mile” race that requires all runners to finish the race in 10 minutes or less.

For kids 9 and under there is a Kid’s 1/8th mile Fun Run and all participants will receive a medal.

The wheelchair 5K begins at 9:25 and the 5K begins at 9:30.

Registration was: $32 through July 31 then $37 and $40 day of. Fast Mile is $20 or $25 day of.

Add the Fast Mile to your 5K registration for just $5.00! Day-of registration for the combo is $50.00.

This event, which began in 2013, has raised more than $27,500 for the East Somerville Main Streets organization, Somerville TrackPAC and Somerville Auxiliary Police.

2019 5K Results

Rás na hÉireann

March 2022 | 11:00 AM | Sunday

Ras Na Heirnann 5K, Somerville 5K race The race was cancelled in 2019 due to construction and cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.

In 2018 this race had 1,340 finishers. Based in Davis Square the Rás na hÉireann was one of Somerville’s largest 5K races.

This race draws some of the best 5K runners in New England. In 2018 the top four runners ran a 5:00 or less pace! 37 runners ran a 6:00 or less pace.

Many hundreds more ran your pace. So don’t be intimidated.

Mark Kenneally of Dublin, Ireland, set the course record of 14:19 in 2006. Molly Huddle, of Providence, Rhode Island, set the women’s course record of 15:59 in 2010.

So if you want to compete with some of the best 5K runners around or just go for a fun run with your friends, this mid-September race is for you.

With a strong St. Patty’s and Irish theme, this race attracts a young crowd and is always a great time. I do see a few kids in strollers, but this is generally not a family focused event.

Somerville Homeless Coalition Road Race

2 October | 9:00 AM | Saturday

In 2019 the race was held at Arlington High School.

In 2020 this race was cancelled due to COVID-19.

For 2021 the race returns to Davis Square!

Registration is $30. Raise $250 and your registration is FREE.

I ran this race three or four years ago and recall that it was around 1,000 runners and certainly not 3,000. I would recommend this race for the kids.

Somerville Jingle Bell Run

TBD December | 11:00 AM – possibly cancelled

Somerville 5K race, Somerville jingle bell run This race was cancelled in 2020 and details for 2021 have not been posted yet.

But we have a few months to go and hopefully things will change.

I’ve run this Davis Square 5K several times. It’s always brisk but not bone crushing cold. If you like big races, this one is for you!

In 2018 over 2300 runners finished this race, many in costume!

In 2019 we hung out with Bill Rodgers and several other marathon champions at The Burren. One of my last race events before COVID-19 changed our world.

2018 RESULTS

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My 2017 Race RECAP

Jack’s Abbey sponsors the post race party at 18 Somerville bars. This is definitely a party race, so leave the kids and keys at home! The Red Line station is right around the corner, so why risk it.

Enjoy a fun race with friends, get into the holiday spirit and let someone else do the driving.

Shwag for this race includes a t-shirt and jingle bells.

Run Well my Friends and support your local races!

Andy

Cambridge 5K Race Directory 2021

Cambridge 5K Race Directory

Update September 12, 2021

Here is the Cambridge 5K race directory for 2021.

From Mass Ave to running along the Charles River, Cambridge offers a wide variety of 5K road races.

In addition to the variety of race locations and routes, race sizes vary from a few hundred to a few thousand runners.

January is the only month that you will not find at least one 5K race in Cambridge.

Click any race name to go to that race web site.

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Super Sunday 5-Miler and 5K

7 February to 17 March | 2021 | Virtual

This event is usually a 5K and a 5 Miler run through Kendall Square in Cambridge.

Due to Covid-19 the 2021 race was a Virtual Race series that went on for more than 5 weeks.

The races included a 1K, 1 Mile 5K, 5 Mile, 10K, 10 Mile and a Half Marathon.

We are all looking for this to be an IRL race for 2022!

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The Super Sunday races are the first Cambridge 5K races of the year and draw about 2,000 runners.

#first5K, Cambridge 5k race directory I’ve run the 5K in freezing cold and I ran the 5 Miler in above freezing temps. You never know what you will get, but you will have a good time.

This well-organized running event features hot food and a huge beer garden. They always have a dozen or so local breweries on hand to get the party rolling and keep it going into the early afternoon.

Proceeds benefit the RACE Cancer Foundation.

Leave the keys and the kids at home. The Kendall/MIT red line station is right around the corner from the race area.

2019 Race Recap

2020 Race Recap

Cambridge Spring Classic 5K

May 2022 | 9:30 AM | Sunday

Cambridge Spring Classic 5K 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.

Registration was $35

If you register for more than one of the four Cambridge Classic races you will receive a discount of at least 10%.

1853 runners finished this race in 2019. FULL RESULTS

Cambridge City Run 5K and Andrea Harvey Walk

June 2022 | 9:00 AM | Sunday

2020 will be the 34th running of this race. Managed by Friends of Cambridge Athletics, this race loops the Fresh Pond Reservation.

I ran this race when it was a 5 mile race in 2015. My recap from 2015.

Fees benefit CRLS student-athlete scholarships, team travel/equipment, and The Andrea Harvey Memorial Fund to help victims of domestic violence.

Parking is available at the Tobin School, 197 Vassal Lane. NO parking at Fresh Pond, and they will ticket!

399 runners finished this race in 2019.

Registration was $35 for adults and $25 for students. Race day registration will be $40 adult and $30 student. CRLS students 18 and under can register for FREE.

2019 Results

Bionic 5K

23 – 25 April 2021 | Virtual

Virtual Race Details

Bionic 5K, Cambridge 5K 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.

2021 registration was: $40 for adults and $25 for 21 and under.

Race Photos 2019 Results

2020 Virtual Race Results

2021 Virtual Race Results

RACE Cancer Summer Series 2021

The race director for the Let’s Run Summer Series has closed up shop.

Since the American Legion Marsh Post #442 is such a great location for 5K races, the Race Cancer Foundation has relocated their Summer Series to this location.

If you work in Cambridge or Boston, these events make great after work races. Recruit some friends or get together an office or company team to enjoy the summer running season!

After so many months of remote work, these after work events are a great way to re-build those relationships.

Registration opens 30 minutes before the Women’s 5K (start times vary by date)

Women’s 5K starts first – Open 5K starts ~35 minutes later

June 3 – 7:00/7:35
June 17 7:00/7:35
July 8 7:00/7:35
Aug 5 6:30/7:05
Aug 19 6:15/6:50
Sep 2 6:00/6:35
Sep 16 6:00 (no Women’s 5K)

Race begins at 5 Greenough Blvd, Cambridge, MA

My First 5K medal, runners medal
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A finisher’s medal is not offered for these races.

If your company team has first time 5K runners make it a night they will never forget with a 5K medal!

It’s a great way to build comradery on your team!


Pre-registration:
$30 in advance, $32 same week, $35 same day

Race day entry at event: $40

2021 Season Pass (all 7 events): $168

Freedom Run 5K

7 June 2021 | 9:30 AM | Sunday – Cancelled for 2021

Freedom Run 5K at Cambridgeside This race is run out of the CambridgeSide Galleria and is part of the CambridgeSide Charity Race Series.

The Freedom Run is a patriotic 5k race through the heart of East Cambridge & Inman Square. The race starts & finishes at CambridgeSide and is immediately followed by a festive roof deck party.

I have not run this 5K yet, but it sounds like a good race.

Registration was $40.

Register for the 5K and the Cambridge Half and receive a 10% discount!

Teams of 20+ get their own party tent.

Here is what you get:

  • A short sleeve technical t-shirt just in time for the warmer weather.
  • 5 free parking passes for CambridgeSide. You can park for free on race day and 4 MORE TIMES! Come back and shop, eat or both!
  • VIP perks for teams over 20, including a semi-private area for celebrating, snacking and hydrating together.

Participants 21+ can enjoy 3 beverages provided by Cambridge Brewing Company.

EVENT RESULTS 2019

Cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

Cambridge Summer Classic 5K

19 August 2021 | 6:30 PM | Thursday

65 Sydney Street

Cambridge Summer Classic 5K Road Race, Cambridge race Part of the Cambridge Classic Series, this race was introduced in 2016. This race encourages teams and since it is on a Thursday night, it’s a great way to get together with friends and colleagues!

If you don’t have a team join Team Melrose Running Club. We always have a great time at our table with runners from all over invited to join the team.

This has become a very popular race and always sells out. So get your friends together now.

Get 19 friends and colleagues to join you for a beautiful evening run through Cambridge and as a team you will get:

  • Reserved tent and table in the post-race area
  • Cold beer waiting for your team after you finish
  • Pouring station near your tent
  • Prime spot to enjoy our post-race music

These races are all children and car-key optional.

1770 runners finished this race in 2018

ALS Race 4 Research 5K

April 24-26 | Virtual | 2021

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.

Registration was $35.

Nerdy costumes are encouraged. Finisher’s medals are not provided.

If your company team has first time 5K runners have a special awards ceremony at your tent with the My First 5K medal! They will be excited to receive a medal and everyone will have a great time!

 

My First 5K medal, runners medal
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Surprise your first time runner with a medal at the finish line!

It’s a great way to build comradery on your team!

2019 EVENT RESULTS

Cambridge Fall Classic 5K

19 September | 9:30 AM | Sunday

65 Sydney Street

Cambridge Fall Classic, 5k race, running shoes Brought to you by the same folks who brought you the Cambridge Summer Classic. This race takes place at the same location and runs the same course.

This is another large Cambridge race with a fast, young crowd that runs hard and stays until the beer is gone.

Kids and keys are optional. The Kendal/MIT station is a short walk from this event.

If your company team has first time 5K runners have a special awards ceremony at your tent with the My First 5K medal! They will be excited to receive a medal and everyone will have a great time!

Registration is $43 through September 16th.

2020 race results

Paddy’s Cambridge Classic 5K

26 September 2021 | 10:00 AM | Sunday

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.

Registration is open and is $35.

Cambridge Friends School 5K

TBD 2021 | 9:30 AM | Sunday – possibly cancelled.

CF5K is a race with fun for the entire family. Hosted by Cambridge Friends School, this race includes a Kids Fun Run followed by a 5k run/walk that will be professionally chip timed by RaceWire.

Guaranteed tech shirts to all participants pre-registered by September 19, 2019, prizes to top finishers, and post-race festivities for all!

Registration was $10 for kids fun run, $25 for the 5K through October 3rd.

Cambridge Monster Dash 5K

TBD October 2021 | 9:00 AM | Sunday – possibly cancelled

89 Pacific Street

Registration is not open yet

Get a team of 14 of your friends and get a VIP tent!

Long Sleeve Tech Ts will be given to all registrants
Custom event pint glass for all runners that register through 9/27

This race also encourages teams and gives prizes for the largest team etc. These races are always fun, party races, regardless of the weather. Bring extra clothes, leave the kids and keys at home.

876 runners finished this race in 2018. FULL RESULTS

Cambridge Half Marathon

7 November 2021 | 7:00AM | Sunday

100 Cambridgeside Place

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.

Registration is $110 through September 30th

Winter Classic 5K

5 December 2021 | 9:30 AM | Sunday

65 Sydney Street

Cambridge 5k races The last in the Cambridge Classic Series for 2020. This race had 1938 finishers in 2019 on a very comfortable day for running.

Bring some extra clothes and leave the kids and keys at home! The Kendal/MIT station is just a short walk from the party.

Teams of 20 get their own tent with their own beer and great location near the pouring station.

Registration is $40.00 through October 25th.

2020 Virtual Results

This race does not provide a finisher’s medal.

My First 5K medal, running medal
click to order

If your company team has first time 5K runners or you are trying to recruit non-runners to join your team the medal could be just what you are looking for.

Who doesn’t love a medal and the bragging rights that go with it?

You can have a special awards ceremony at your tent after the race! Click the photo to order.

Yulefest 5K

12 December | 9:30AM | Sunday

Harvard Square

The last Cambridge 5K of the year takes place in Harvard Square.

This course is USATF certified (#MA11901JK).

Registration includes a high quality knit hat, food and 3 beer tickets!. Women make up about 60% of the runners and most runners are there for the fun.

Teams of 35 or more runners get their own tent with food and beer! What’s better than that?

Experience an awesome post race party with food, music and beverages provided by Bantam, Notch and Slumbrew!

2018 RESULTS.

Registration is not open yet.

About Cambridge 5K Races

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.

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Run well my Friends, and see you in Cambridge!

Andy

My First 5K Medal Origins

I came up with the idea for the “My First 5K Medal” while running a local 5K. first5k medal, running medal, my first 5k medal origins

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.

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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.

Meteorological Fall is Here

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!

Meteorological Seasons
courtesy: WOWT Ch. 6

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

Andy Nagelin at the 2019 Malden Irish American 10K finish 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.

1 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.

If you are looking for a fall marathon in New England, check out my post, New England Marathons Fall 2021.

There are just a few marathons in the winter in New England, but I have a short listing for them also.

Run well my friends and enjoy the weather!

Andy

https://www.farmersalmanac.com/meteorological-fall

https://www.wowt.com/2021/08/30/astronomical-vs-meteorological-seasons-whats-difference/