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Medford 5K Race Directory 2023

The source for 5K races in Medford, MA!

Updated November 20th, 2022

Medford 5K races are done for the season.

While Dave McGillivray brought a new 5K and 5 mile event to Medford in 2022, it looks like we have lost several races.

Medford has several great 5K race routes including the Middlesex Fells and the Mystic River Reservation along the Mystic River.

Medford 5K Race Directory 2022 – no updates for 2023 yet.

Running Of The Leprechauns

TBD March | 8:00 AM | Sunday | see you in 2023

5k race, medford 5k racesCancelled in 2021 and 2022 due to COVID-19, it looks like this race will return in 2023.

The Running of The Leprechauns moved back to the American Legion Hall on Winthrop Street in Medford a few years ago.

This location provides plenty of room for people to stay warm and gather after the race.

This Medford 5K race has raised over $115,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital.

Tufts University Graduate Student Council 5K

TBD April | 9:00 AM | See you in 2023

Tufts GSK 5K, Tufts UniversityEach year the Tufts University Graduate Student Council 5K Run/Walk becomes more and more popular.

Like so many races, COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of this race in 2020 and 2021.

In the past, registration was only $20, so you can’t beat the price.

All proceeds benefit Medford, Somerville and Dorchester organizations. The event is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council of Tufts University as part of their effort to support the local community.

This race starts at Eaton Hall and takes place entirely on the Tufts University campus. This helps keep expenses down and provides a challenging course for runners.

Kiwanis SUPER HERO 5K

TBD June | 9:00 AM | Saturday | See you in 2023

Medford 5K race, Medford Kiwanis Super Hero 5KThe Kiwanis SUPER HERO 5K was a new race for Medford in 2019.

They had to cancel in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID and we may have lost this race.

The race took place at Mystic River Bend Park behind McGlynn Elementary School. For your map app use: 3002 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford, MA 02155

The race route laps the Mystic River and is almost entirely on sidewalk or paths. This makes it a great race to bring the kids to.

Registration was $22.34 for 18+ and $17.02 for youth 6 -17

Summer Run Fest 5K and 10K

30 July | 9:00 AM | Saturday – see you in 2023!

Medford 5K race, boston road runnersA fun Summer race to bring the community together. The racecourse follows the scenic path of Mystic River Reservation.

The race website doesn’t mention the specific location.

The Mystic River State Reservation is on Rt 16/Revere Beach Parkway in Medford. The only way to get into the parking lot is heading east on Rt 16 as this is a divided parkway.

This is near the State Police barracks at Wellington Circle.

On-line registration is closed

I actually ran the 5K this year. I’m coming back from an injury and am horribly out of shape, so I did a race day registration. It was $40.

I’ll have a race review in the next week or so.

Here are the race results.

Run Medford 5K and 5 Mile

18 September | 1:00 PM | Sunday – See you in 2023

Medford City Hall

A new race event is coming to Medford!

The day kicks off at 11:00 AM with a kid’s fun run for children 3 – 12 years old.

Para/Adaptive Athlete Mile begins at 11:30.

At Noon, students aged 14-18 years old may participate in the High School Mile, which will be a three-loop course that starts and finishes at Medford City Hall.

At 12:30 PM the Mayor’s Celebrity Mile kicks off on the same route as the High School Mile.

At 1:00 PM the 5K and 8K/5 mile races begin.

5K/8K includes: t-shirt, finisher’s medal, beer tickets to the post-race party at Carroll’s for participants who are at least 21 years old. A portion of each registration will be directed toward student-athlete programs within the City of Medford. But don’t wait! T-shirts are only guaranteed until JULY 31.

This exciting running event is brought to Medford by Dave McGillivray and DMSE.

Registration was $45 for the 5K or 8K races.

Housing Families 5K

12 November | 10:00 AM | Saturday

2022 registration was $40!

The annual Housing Families 5K Powered by BOND brings awareness to the link between health and homelessness. Homelessness is closely connected to declines in physical and mental health. At Housing Families, we serve more than 1,000 families a year through supportive services and eviction prevention assistance.

You can run the event in person on November 12th at 10AM or virtually between November 12th and 13th.

Teams from Housing Families and BOND will be there to greet you and cheer you on! The race route will take place at River’s Edge Park along the Malden River.

This is a narrow path in some areas, so if you want to run a PR you may want to opt for the virtual race or start at the front.

Refreshments and bathrooms will be available onsite.

Event Results 2022

Medford Jingle Bell Run

? November | 11:00 AM | Sunday

The race was cancelled in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

I’ve heard through the grape vine that it is coming back.

The Medford Jingle Bell run is sponsored by Lonergan Insurance and Real Estate who cover the entire operating cost of the race. This allows every dollar from fundraising to go to the students of the Medford Schools.

Each school in Medford that participates receives race proceeds in proportion to their contribution to the race.

Some high school clubs raise as much in this one event as they would in several fundraising events. And many hands make for lighter work.

This is an innovative concept in fundraising. It allows each elementary, middle school PTO and High School teams and clubs in town to have a significant fundraiser and not have to deal with all of the logistics.

What better way to kick of the Holiday Season than a festive 5K the Sunday before Thanksgiving?

Bring the kids and make it a family run, a family tradition. Many Medford 5K races allow children to run with their parents. Some also feature shorter races just for the kids so they can have some fun and catch the running bug!

Registration fee was $10 for kids under age 11; $15 for kids 11-18; and $25 for adults in advance or $30 day of race.

Run Well My Friends!

Andy

5 Ways to Cut 5 Minutes off Your Marathon

Even the best runner in the world can loose time by making simple mistakes. You don’t have to!

Updated November 20th, 2022

Are there really 5 ways to cut 5 minutes off your marathon?

There are many ways to cut 5 minutes off your marathon time.

All runners focus on training to get faster and stronger.

But genetics and age put a limit on our peak performance. And most of us don’t have the time to reach our peak fitness level.

Even if you are at peak fitness and an old pro at this, these tips can still help you.

The easiest way to improve your finish time is to avoid adding time by making these mistakes.

Use the Porta Potty

Something about race morning seems to get the innards all worked up and ready to explode.

Most races have plenty of porta potties but you need to use them.

No matter how many porta potties a race has, the hour before a race the porta potties will be more crowded than the registration tent!

During a race, stopping to use the facilities can easily add a minute to your time. If you can’t wait and there is a line, you could loose much more time than that.

Shalane Flanagan may have the course record for using a porta potty during the 2018 Boston Marathon, at 14 seconds. But watch this video and see how that stop effected her run.

Des Linden won that year.

Des Linden 2018 Boston Marathon Winner
BAA Photo

During every Boston Marathon that I’ve run, I’ve seen lines at most of the on-course porta potties also.

Usually the first water/porta potty stop is at mile two or even mile five. For Boston it’s at mile two, and I’ve seen men and women “in the woods” side by side well before that first stop.

If you can avoid the first water stop you may find a porta potty without a line. But when you really gotta go, you may have to wait in line.

Tip #1 – use the facilities before you cross the start line.

Stop eating and drinking 1 hour before you start

Most people have nerves before a race and will eat or drink as a way to deal with their anxiety. Many of us do this unconsciously.

If you use the porta potty and then keep drinking, your system will not have time to process that fluid, or food, before the race starts.

Then you will have to make that porta potty stop.

Sometimes eating too much before a race can upset your stomach. Often there are samples of power bars and sport drinks available before a race.

Boston Marathon 2019, Hopkinton, MA
BAA Photo

While these items may be tempting, you should avoid eating anything new or over eating on race morning.

Even if you give your system an hour to digest everything, something new could upset your stomach. This could force you to make a pit stop or even drop out of the race.

Tip #2 – stop eating and drinking 1 hour before your race starts.

Double tie your shoes

double tied laces, 5 ways to cut 5 minutes off your marathon, Newtons

I see people running with loose laces all the time.

If you double tie your laces you can avoid this problem.

Un-tied laces may cause you to trip and fall and at some point you will have to stop and tie them.

Just like a porta potty stop, you have to fight the crowd and move to the side of the road and get out of the way. Then you need to bend over and tie your laces and possibly undue some nasty knot that tied it self as you ran.

Double tieing your laces can cut 5 minutes off your marathon time by avoiding the stop.

If you have to stop later in the race, your muscles may tighten up when you stop and bend to tie your laces.

All of this can be avoided by double tieing your laces, even if the second knot is fairly lose.

Tip #3 – Tie your shoes properly!

Carry a Water Bottle

Some people always carry a water bottle and some people never carry a water bottle.

For a Marathon or a Half, you will want to take a water bottle of some kind.

Even if you just use a Poland Spring 500ml bottle, you will save yourself a ton of time.

Here’s why.

Everyone who has planned poorly will be at the first few water stops and probably in line for the porta potty!

5 ways to cut 5 minutes off your marathon finish time, run with sports drinkAt most big marathons, including Boston, those water stops will be a crowded mess.

To get to one of these water stops you will have to make your way through a crowd of runners to the side of the road.

Then try to grab a cup, drink it and get back up to speed all without tripping over someone else.

Even if you don’t fall over someone or drown yourself with a cup of water, you will have to slow down and break your stride.

If you can skip the first five or more water stops, the rest of them are usually pretty easy to get to.

I like to run through the stop, grab a cup, pinch it and chug the cup in one or two gulps.

Tip #4 – carry a water bottle and avoid the crowds!

Bring some Food

I know that some people like to run as light as possible while some people look like they are packed for expedition.

I would suggest something in the middle.

Hopefully by now you know what your stomach will tolerate. There are many brands of gel to choose from and you should have tested a few while you were training.

fig newtons, glycemic index, glucose, marathon foodI’ve run a few races with Snickers bars or fig bars. Both are loaded with sugar and I’ve been eating them as long as I can remember.

I know these foods wont upset my stomach.

Even the elite runners take on fuel while they run. It may be sports drink in their water bottle, a gel or both.

They know what they need and during your training you should have figured out what you need and what you body will tolerate.

If your stomach can only tolerate certain sports drinks you really need to bring your own. Even the elites cannot finish a marathon without some hydration. And you know the mix in their bottle is what they have trained on.

It is similar with food or gels. Some people hate gels so they need something like fig bars.

Some races hand out gels late in the race. But you should not wait to fuel during a marathon. Over the years, I’ve learned to start fueling at 5K.

Your timing may be different, but you will need to replenish your energy stores during a marathon or half.

Tip #5 – bring food that you have run with before

It’s all about control

There are things you can control and things you cannot.

You can’t control the weather and often you can’t control your sleep or how your body will react to the last proper meal you eat before the big race.

My post, My 2018 Boston Marathon Experience, is an example of how I prepared to run in horrible conditions. If you’ve never run Boston before, this blog post will also give you a few insights about the course.

Boston Marathon 2018, 5 ways to cut 5 minutes off your marathon
BAA Photo

All of the tips I have provided here are things that you can control. Any one of them could save you five minutes. Together they could save you much more time than that.

You’ve put in the miles and the time to get here. You are as ready as you can be.

I hope that these tips that I have learned from running 18 marathons and 9 Boston Marathons will help you have the best marathon of your life.

Looking for a fall marathon? Check out New England Marathons Fall 2023 for some ideas.

Run well my Friends!

Andy

New England Marathons Fall 2023

Looking for a great fall marathon in New England? This extensive listing of marathons all over New England has been updated for 2023.

Updated November 18th

The 2022 New England Marathons Fall season is over. I will be updating this post for Fall of 2023 New England Marathons.

Looking for a winter run? There aren’t many marathons in New England over the winter but I have a New England Winter Marathons 2022/2023 listing available HERE.

GREEN RACE – I am designating any race that makes a serious effort to reduce waste and keep recyclable materials out of a landfill.

Let your friends know about these great fall marathons! Click To Tweet

New England Marathons Fall 2023

45th Clarence DeMar Marathon and Half-Marathon

Keene, NH | 24 September | Sunday 2023

Start times: 7:00 AM FULL, 8:00 AM HALF

new england fall marathons, Clarence demar, New Hampshire Marathon

2023 registration has not opened.

This point to point marathon is almost as legendary as the man.

Clarence Demar Memorial, Melrose, new Hampshire marathonClarence DeMar lived in Melrose Massachusetts and our club runs by his monument on many of our club runs. Many runners make it a point to touch the monument as they run by.

This race encompasses an entire weekend if you want it to. You can drive up to Keene Friday night and pick up your bib at Ted’s Shoe & Sport on Main Street. Drive the course or go for a short run on Saturday. Saturday night there is a pasta dinner at the Courtyard Marriott.

On Sunday buses take runners to the starting line at Gilsum Elementary School. The first Marathon bus leaves Keene State College at 5:15 AM and the last Marathon bus leave at 5:45 AM.

For the Half-Marathon, buses start leaving Keene State College at 6:30 AM. The last bus is 6:00 AM. Drop off point is Surry Mtn. Beach.

If you have never heard of Clarence DeMar here is a brief bio.

The Clarence DeMar Marathon is USATF Certified, a Boston Qualifier and was selected a Runner’s Choice Top New Hampshire Marathon from the readers of runnersgoal.com.

The weekend can be a family event with a Kid’s Marathon for children from Kindergarten to Grade 5.

For 2022 there were 229 marathon finishers and 307 half-marathon finishers.

Event Results 2019

Event Results 2021

Event Results 2022

29th New Hampshire Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10K

Bristol, NH | 30 September | Saturday | 9:00 AM 2023

New Hampshire Marathon, Fall New England Marathons

This event features a 1-mile kids race and registration is FREE.

2023 registration has not opened. But had been $90 for the marathon, $70 for the half and $50 for the 10K.

In 2022, this race had it’s best turn out since 2014. There were 188 marathon registrations, 304 for the half, and 114 for the 10K. Total registrations were 606, up from 475 in 2021.

You may want to drive up Friday and enjoy the pasta dinner at 5:00pm at the Union Lodge, and get a good night’s sleep.

This race takes place around Newfound Lake, and lodging options are listed on the race website.

The New Hampshire Marathon was selected as a Runner’s Choice Top New Hampshire Marathon by Runnersgoal.com readers.

All three races are USATF Certified and the New Hampshire Marathon is a Boston Qualifier!

Cash prizes for the top finishers of all three races!

Viewtherace.com NH Marathon course video

Event Results and Photos – 2022 and previous years

Fly to Pie Kingdom Marathon, Half and 10K

Coventry, VT | 7 October | Saturday | 9:00 AM 2023

Fall New England Marathons, Vermont races, Vermont marathonRun it – Bike it – Hike it – But do it!
Doin’ the dirt through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom – 26.2 miles, 17 miles, 13.5 miles and 6 Miles courses.

Registration is open for 2023 : $75 for the Marathon and 17 Mile Iconoclast, Half Marathon is $60 and the 10K is $25.

On-site registration IS NOT available.

20% of all registration fees are donated directly to Halo Foundation which provides support for local individuals and families battling cancer to help fund un-covered expenses related to travel and treatment.

Registration is limited to 100 per distance race and 200 for the 10K run/walk.

If you want to run this race you should read their disclaimers are register today!

The full address for your GPS: 2628 Airport Rd, Coventry, VT 05825

There are four great routes, offering four very different options to all types of athletes, runners, bikers, and hikers of all ages and all abilities.

A tough, “vista riddled,” and spectacularly beautiful full marathon that will challenge the best marathon runner.

The 13.5 distance is also the course for the family bike challenge is perfect for kids and parents of all ages.

The 17 mile Iconoclast for something just a little different. (It’s a great training run for the NYC Marathon) And, new in 2016, a 6 mile walk, run, or bike from Irasburg Common to Parker Pie.

For one day in September, we fill these dirt roads through “the gut” of The Northeast Kingdom. Everybody but the 6 milers start at Lakeview Aviation at the Newport Airport in Coventry and heads one way or another to Parker Pie in West Glover, with a great pizza party, great beer, and great music. 6 milers start at Irasburg Common. Shuttle service back to the start is provided by our friends at Jay Peak.

Event Results for 2019

Event Results, write up and Photos for 2021

Event Results and write up for 2022

NipMuck Trail Marathon and Relay

Ashford, CT | 2 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM – see you in 2023

The race is a double out-and-back covering a distance of 26.4 miles. The course is simply a 13-mi-long, northern section of the Nipmuck Trail, which is one of the Blue-Blazed trails managed by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.

2023 registration has not opened

Marathon registration was $40 and the marathon relay was $70.

Registration was limited to 180 runners in total and there is no race-day registration.

The start line, and middle point, is located at Perry Hill Rd in Ashford. The course runs south for 6.2 mi until reaching Rt 44, then back to the start, then north for 7 mi until reaching Boston Hollow Rd, and finally back to the finish/start line at Perry Hill Rd.

The NipMuck Trail Marathon is a classic old-school trail race taking place along a northern section of the Nipmuck Trail. The race aims to preserve many of the qualities from the early days of the New England trail racing scene.

The race site warns of rough terrain and that in some areas an injured runner may wait an hour or more for medical assistance. This is not for the casual runner!

Event Results 1984 – 2022

Maine Marathon, Half-Marathon and Relay

Portland, ME | 1 October | Sunday | 7:45 AM – 2023

Maine Marathon, New England Fall MarathonThis New England fall marathon went virtual in 2020 but was back to in-person event for 2021 and 2022. As in 2022, this race will feature both in-person and virtual running options.

Virtual runners can run a marathon, half, relay, 10K or 5K either on the course or anywhere.

2023 registration is open!

Through January 1st, 2023 registration fees are:

$75 – Marathon
$50 – Half Marathon
$120 – Marathon Relay

This is a Maine Track Club event and approximately 40% of gross revenue is donated to charities each year. Since 1997 this has amounted to $5.8 million going back into the local community.

Featuring an out-and-back course with rolling hills and views of the Portland skyline, the Back Cove, Casco Bay, and peak fall foliage.

The Marathon is USATF certified and a Boston Marathon qualifier. The Half Marathon is also USATF certified and the Marathon Relay is a unique 2 to 4-person marathon-length event.

While the Maine Marathon community is hopeful for a return to live racing, we will continue to offer our virtual race option, which, in addition to the full, half and relay, includes a 5K and 10K, so all can enjoy this race safely wherever they may be.

We’re also committed to providing as much certainty as we can in these constantly changing times, which is why we have a refund policy if your — or our — plans change.

Viewtherace.com Maine Marathon course video

Event Results 2019

Event Results 2021

Event Results 2022

Joe English Twilight Challenge

Amherst, NH | 1 October | Saturday |5:00 PM – see you in 2023

The Joe English Twilight Challenge is an evening/night trail run hosted by Freestyle Farm in Amherst, NH. The event consists of a marathon, a half-marathon and a 6-hour ultra-marathon. The marathon and half-marathon may be run individually or by relay teams. The relay teams (half or full marathon) consist of 2 or 5 runners completing either 5 or 10 laps on a 2.62-mile loop beginning at 7:00 p.m. The 6-hour ultra-marathon begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Ultra participants run the 2.62-mile loop continuously for 6 hours.

Most of the race will be run at night on the groomed equestrian trails at Freestyle Farm.

The event is expected to draw 350 runners ranging from casual athletes to experienced ultra-runners. The event is set within a unique venue with high quality trails around a 50-acre pond. The course will be marked with fluorescent light sticks, ground flags and signal fires.

New Hampshire trail race, ultra marathon, new England marathons fall

Medals will be awarded to the first and last place finishers.

All proceeds benefit the Amherst Land Trust. The trust protects rural, scenic, and open-space lands for future generations. Founded in 1975, the trust has worked to educate the public about conservation and protect thousands of acres of land similar to the lands across which most of the challenge runs.

Registration for 2022 is closed but had been $45 for adults and $35 for youth for all distances.

This race is USATF Sanctioned.

Event Results 2019

Hartford Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K

Hartford, CT | 8 October | Saturday – see you in 2023

Registration for 2022 is closed but had been – Marathon – $130, Half Marathon – $110, 5K – $40, Youth Charity 5K – $20. HMF FitKids is only $12.00

All virtual races were $46.00

GREEN RACE

hartford marathon, new england fall marathons2022 marked the 28th running of the Hartford Marathon, wherever you run it.

I ran this marathon in 2012 and can verify that it is very well-organized with lots of community and spectator support.

You can read my race recap HERE.

The Hartford Marathon Foundation takes sustainability seriously. Click HERE to see how they make their races eco-friendly.

When you run the virtual events this year, be sure to keep the spirit alive and be responsible with your trash.

359 people ran the virtual marathon and 1,135 ran the virtual half. Thousands of people ran the 5K and 10K.

Event Results 2019

Virtual Results 2020

Event Results 2021

2022 Event Results and PHOTOS

Amica Newport Marathon & Half

Newport, RI | 8 October | Sunday | 7:30 AM – 2023

Amica Newport Marathon 2022

Race along the ocean and help support six local charities.

The Amica Newport Marathon was recently voted as having the “Best Half Marathon” and “Best Race Swag” in the Northeast by Competitor Magazine.

In 2018 they were voted as the “Best Marathon in Rhode Island” and a “Top 20 Half Marathon in the USA”.

2023 registration is open! Marathon $100, Half Marathon $70 through December 31st.

Both races are USATF Certified and the marathon is a Boston Qualifier.

Shuttle service to the start begins at 5AM. FREE PHOTOS and bag check will be available.

This is something that I wish more races did. I have bags of race shirts already.

Donate Your Shirt to Charity
You are now able to opt out of receiving your event t-shirt when registering. We will then in turn donate the cost of producing that shirt to our partner charities, and announce the donation amount from this initiative following the event.

The race’s charitable partners are the Aquidneck Land Trust, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Boys Town New England, The YMCA Newport, and Clean Ocean Access and other local non-profits.

ALL EVENT RESULTS 2019

Event Results 2021

51st GMAA Green Mountain Marathon & Half

South Hero, VT | 16 October | Sunday | 8:30 AM

The marathon and half-marathon begin and end near the house where Clarence H. Demar, 7 time Boston Marathon Winner, once lived.

vermont marathon, fall new england marathonIt is out and back on the west shore of South Hero and Grand Isle; a land of farms, apple orchards and summer cottages. The terrain is flat to rolling and about half dirt road (hard packed and well maintained).

The half marathon course is an out and back that finishes at the Folsom School (same as the full marathon).

Both races are USATF Certified: VT15301JK

2023 registration is not open

This is a race for runners by runners and has a reasonable registration fee of $60 for the marathon and $40 for the Half. Day of registration is $70 and $50, respectively.

Field is limited to 750 runners.

2019 Event Results

2021 Event Results

2022 Event Results

CircumBurke Trail Challenge

East Burke, VT | ? October | Sunday | 8:02 AM – CANCELLED

Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge, East Burke, VT

This race was last run in 2018. I’ll keep it on the list and will make updates as new information becomes available.

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The Ride With GPS app will be used to map and track progress. Participants must have access to a device to run the app during the event.

The Marathon Trail Run is one 27 mile lap and starts at 8 AM. The CircumBerzerk Bikers MTB Challenge starts at 10 AM.

This 27 mile circuit brings athletes through single track and logging trails on Burke Mountain, the Victory Hill Sector and Kingdom Trails.

The one lap event is for runners or bikers. The two lap “CircumBerzerk 50+ miler is for bikers only.

Elevation gain on the course is more than 3,000 feet.

Registration is closed

Late (onsite) registration was $160. Number pickup & late (onsite) registration is at Sherburne Lodge from 5:00 to 7:30 PM and on race day from 6:45 until 9 AM.

All proceeds go towards building and maintaining trails along the route!

Start/Finish Venue: Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge, East Burke, VT 05832

Event Results 2018

Mohawk Mountain Races

Cornwall, CT | 15 October | Saturday | 8:00 AM – see you in 2023

In cooperation with Mohawk Mountain, the Mohawk Mountain Race is sponsored by Steep Endurance at Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall, CT.

Normally a ski mountain in the winter, the mountain will be transformed into a super fun course! With its challenging ascents and descents on the ski mountain, it is sure to be a race to remember with sweeping viewpoints of the popping Fall foliage at every turn. With several distances to choose from (5K/10K) and NEW this year, Half Marathon/Marathon options, there’s something for every member of the family!

Registration is closed : $90 for the marathon, $80 for the half, $50 for the 10K and $40 for the 5K.

Trapp Lodge Mountain Marathon

Stowe, VT | 15 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM 2023

This race will challenge you! Although Trapp lodge has some of the smoothest, most runnable trail around, they also boast some incredible single track. Steep climbs and descents and a newly updated climb to the highest point on the Trapp Lodge Property; Round Top Mountain!

The 13.1 mile loop course is approximately 2/3 double track wide trails and dirt roads, and 1/3 serpentine, rugged single track. Full marathon racers will traverse this loop twice. This is a challenging trail race with significant elevation gain and loss and some steep scrambling segments.

2023 registration is not open yet Full Marathon was $105 and the Half was $95 in 2022.

2019 Event Results

2021 Event Results

2022 Event Results

Mount Desert Marathon, Half and Relay

Bar Harbor, ME | 15 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM – Marathon and Marathon Relay,
Half begins at 8:30 in Northeast Harbor – See you in 2023

MDI Marathon, Maine Marathon, fall new england marathons

Named ‘Most Scenic & runner-up Best Overall Marathon’ by Runner’s World

New England Runner Magazine’s Race of the Year! And many other accolades, too many to list here.

The Marathon and Half Marathon are sold out. Only the Team Relay has a few bibs available.

The Marathon and Marathon Relay begin in Bar Harbor, hits the half-way mark near Northeast Harbor and ends in Southwest Harbor.

Miles 12 through 19 are run along the eastern shore of Somes Sound, the only true fjord on the Atlantic Coast. While the entire island is beautiful, Somes Sound has always been one of my favorite areas on MDI.

The Half Marathon begins at 8:30AM in Northeast Harbor and runs north along Somes Sound for five miles.

The marathon had 737 finishers in 2018, and the half had 632 finishers. The Marathon is USATF Sanctioned & Certified: ME12018JK.

2023 registration is not open yet But was – $130 for the Marathon, $115 for the Half, Three-person relay is $100.

PAST RESULTS – All races

Baystate Marathon & Half Marathon

Lowell, MA | 15 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM – 2023

2023 registration has opened $115 for the Marathon, $100 for the Half and $50 for the half-marathon relay.

baystate, bay state marathonThis marathon always sells out. There are very few flat marathons in New England, but Baystate is one of them.

If you are looking to qualify for Boston, this is a good choice. The race is mostly flat with the bridges over the Merrimack having the most elevation gain. Part of the course is a double loop, so it can be challenging to see the “Mile 22” sign when you are at Mile 12 and starting to feel it.

This is a well supported race with local high schools competing to have the best water stop! There is plenty of parking at the Tsongas Arena garage.

This is a favorite race for many GBA runners and had about 1,300 finishers in 2018. I’ve run Baystate four times. Baystate Recap – 2014

Viewtherace.com Baystate Marathon course video

EVENT RESULTS 2021 back to the 90s!

8th Annual Ocean State Rhode Races

Narragansett, RI | 29 October | Sunday | 7:30 AM

GREEN RACE

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The Marathon starts at 7:30AM, Half at 8AM and the 5K at 8:15AM.

2023 registration opens on November 22nd

Marathon – $80, Half Marathon – $55, 5K – $20

Virtual Marathon and Half – $50, virtual 5K – $30.

These races feature FREE PHOTOS and a secured bag check at the start.

The Marathon is a Boston Qualifier. The Ocean State Rhode Races Half is the final stop of the Rhode Race Series, a four stop series of Rhode Island Half Marathons.

This race harkens back to the original Ocean State Marathon with the start in Narragansett Beach.

It follows beautiful Rt 1a and showcases wonderful ocean views, old stone walls, working farms, estuaries and kayak stands. It really is a pretty one.

It is a smaller marathon so if you are looking to BQ – you won’t have to fight through crowds of people at the start.

Rhode Races & Events is committed to recycling at this year’s Ocean State Rhode Races. Road Races create a lot of waste, but we’ll reduce our footprint by diverting hundreds of pounds of cardboard boxes, water jugs, and plastic bottles from the landfill.

To learn more about our race day efforts and how you can help – please click this link. Additionally – all clothing discarded at the start of the race will be donated to North American Family Institute.

Rhode Races offers a variety of discounts and packages for companies looking to foster their corporate health and wellness initiatives. Employees training and participating together helps promote team camaraderie, increased branding and a sense of goodwill. Join our Corporate Fit Challenge and compete to be the “Most Fit” or the “Most Philanthropic” business. Learn more

EVENT RESULTS and PHOTOS

Mayflower Wind Cape Cod Marathon and Half Marathon

Falmouth, MA | 7-8 October | 8:00 AM – Saturday and Sunday – 2023

cape cod marathon, New England fall marathonsThis is a great fall Cape Cod racing event.

Registration for 2023 is open! Early bird rates are: – $95 for the Marathon, $85 for the Half, and $35 for the 5K.

Included in entry fee: (subject to change due to state/town COVID health restrictions on race weekend)

Gender-specific long sleeve shirt
Customized bib with the first name spelled how you registered (if registered by September 13, 2021)
Secure gear check
Boston Qualifier and certified race course stocked with water and Gatorade
Unique coastal medal
Hot clam chowdah and soup station with vegan, gluten free and dairy free options at the finish line!
Apple cider donuts!
The best town, volunteers and committee to support you!

The marathon was named “The Best Marathon in Massachusetts” by the RaceRaves in 2018.

All Event Results

Cape Cod Marathon Half

Falmouth, MA | 7 October | 8:00 AM – see you in 2023

Please see above for details and registration.

2019 HALF RESULTS

Clam Chowdah Challenge

Falmouth, marathon, half, clam chowder, chowdah

The Clam Chowdah Challenge consists of the half and full marathon run on Marathon weekend.

Are you up to the Chowdah Challenge?

All finishers of the Clam Chowdah Challenge will receive a chowdah bowl and “medal” spoon, medals for both races and a race shirt.

Run the Chowdah Challenge for $185

Previous Marathon and Half Marathon results

In 2019 the organizers implemented changes to minimize the environmental impact of these races. They are reducing waste by:

Replacing plastic bags with Eco-Friendly for Number Pick Up bags
Providing compostable cups at all water stops
Replacing single-use plastic water bottles with reusable water bottles at the finish lines
Creating Compost/Recycle/Trash stations at the finish line
Providing compostable bowls and spoons for the soup and chowder at the marathon and relay finish line
Recycling left over medals when needed

While running your virtual race you can reduce your footprint also.

Don’t toss water bottles or drop that tare off from your gel pack. If you have trash while you are running, hold onto it and look for a trash barrel.

9th Annual LOCO Half and Full Marathon

Newmarket, NH | 22 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM – 2023

loco marathon, new hampshire marathon, Newmarket Marathon

The 9th Annual LOCO half and full Marathon is a spectacular 13.1 mile loop course run completely on tree-lined rural roads.

It travels through four local coastal towns: Newmarket, Lee, Epping and Newfields New Hampshire.

Not only is a scenic course, it is designed to be fast and easy. Half marathoners run one loop. Marathoners run a second loop. For the past two years over 32% on average of marathoners qualified for the Boston Marathon.

The Marathon is a double loop of the Half-Marathon. It’s all country roads and 3 miles of rail trail.

This is a runner’s race. The finish time cut-off for 59 years and under is 4:30. For 60 and older it is 5 hours even.

Most marathons have a 6 hour cut-off time. If you are running to see the foliage, you may want to pick another race. If marathon runners cannot make the half-way mark by 2:15 or 2:30 for 60+ years, you will be pulled from the course!

Oh, and marathon runners MUST bring photo ID. So no faking 60+ to get the extra 30 minutes to finish the race!

Cut-off time for the Half-Marathon is 2:30.

The course is USATF Certified at 13.10938 miles. Combined registration is limited to 1,000 runners. Finisher’s medals for all marathon finishers!

Hot food will be served after the race and Smuttynose Brewing will be pouring!

2023 registration is open! $79 for the marathon and $59 for the half marathon.

Events Results 2019

The Roxbury Marathon and Roxbury Half Marathon

Roxbury, CT | 12 November | 8:30 AM

The Roxbury Marathon and Roxbury Half Marathon are hilly, no-frills foot-races that are run over some of the roads used by the Roxbury Races annual series (about 40 races from February into early December each year).

The entry fee is $35 for the half marathon and $40 for the marathon to cover costs.

2023 registration has not opened yet

Manchester City Marathon, Half, Relays & 5K

Manchester, NH | 12 November | Sunday | 7:30 to 9:30 AM

You have the option to run in Manchester or run a virtual race.

Virtual races can be run between November 2nd and 8th.

New Hampshire Marathon, Fall marathon New England

 

 

 

 

START LINE PROCEDURES
This event will utilize “time trial start” format that will facilitate “social distancing” for the entirety of the event. Participants will be seeded based off their self-submitted paces. Athletes will start one-by-one in a time-trial format, 10 seconds after one another. Participants will be assigned a dedicated start time along with specific times for parking, check-in time and report to corral time.

See there website for more details.

The largest New Hampshire marathon, Manchester is USATF Certified and a Boston Qualifier.

The web site describes the race as hilly, challenging and scenic. Many friends have run this race and only had good things to say about their experience.

Registration OPEN – $90 for the Marathon, $75 for the Half, $160 for the 4-way Marathon Relay and $110 for the 2-way Marathon Relay. The 2-way Half Relay is $95. The 5K is $25.

The virtual marathon and half are $40. The virtual 5K is $30.

They are looking for volunteers.

The first 2,000 runners will receive a long sleeve event shirt. All runners will enjoy Sam Adams beverages as well as flat bread pizza, Dasani water and Stoneyfield yogurt.

Free race photos, finisher video and bag check will be available.

Event Results from 2007 to 2022

Viewtherace.com Manchester City Marathon course video

The Millinocket Marathon & Half

Millinocket Marathon, Maine marathon

Millinocket, ME | 3 December | Saturday

Marathon starts at 10AM
Half Marathon starts at 10:10 AM

The last of the New England Marathons for fall of 2022 and registration is closed!

2022 registration is closed

There is no registration fee for this race. This New England Marathon was conceived of as a way to help the economy of a Northern Maine former mill town: Millinocket.

When I was growing up the paper industry made Millinocket a bustling town. While I was attending college at The University of Maine the mill was on it’s last legs. Everyone knew that hard times were coming, just like they did in so many other mill towns across America.

Just like other mill towns across the country, Millinocket is working to reinvent itself.

This race allows you to be a part of that revival and run a great marathon or half marathon.

This race is at least five hours north of Boston. Throw in some traffic or weather and you’ll be well beyond five hours. Just keep that in mind.

Oh, it it’s guaranteed to be cold. It’s just a question of how cold. Keep this in mind before you register.

A note from the Race Director:

Important: Please don’t register unless you are somewhat serious about traveling to Millinocket in the first place. Although our race is FREE, we still prepare bib numbers and accrue expenses to prepare for your participation. We totally understand that life happens, but if you can’t come, don’t just NOT show up; it’s very important to officially cancel your registration in a timely manner so that those volunteering their time and funds do not expend them unnecessarily. Thank you for your understanding — we can’t wait to see you in the Magic City!

2021 Race Results

Looking for a Winter 2019 marathon? Click HERE.

Run well my friends!

Andy

150000 views and counting!

Keeping a blog going for 8 years is no easy task. COVID, injuries and dealing with the loss of family only added to the challenge.

My blog has finally reached 150000 views!

I reached 100000 views in April of 2021 and wrote 100000 views and counting! on April 30th.

It took this blog 8 years and 2 months to hit the 150000 views mile stone, and it hasn’t been easy.

Reaching 150000 views

Like many bloggers, I started out with a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of ideas. Some ideas worked and a lot of enthusiasm has wafted away like smoke in a stiff breeze.

Some people have the talent for writing and coming up with good ideas. Some people are great at SEO, which means getting eyeballs and clicks on their posts.

I see bloggers posting everyday. I see bloggers posting consistently every week or two weeks.

It takes both talent and enthusiasm to write with some consistency in terms of quality and frequency over eight years. Even for a single year.

The Long way to 150000 views

The folks who write well and post consistently are able to build a large following which generally translates to a high volume of views.

I tried blogging once a week, twice a month and once in a while. Blogging twice a week was a lot of work and didn’t really grow my blog the way you might think it would.

Blogging once in a while has lead to a slow and steady growth in people checking out what I write.

Blogging when I have something to say seems more genuine, and that’s what I look for in a blog.

As my enthusiasm waned over the years, I found it harder to maintain my enthusiasm for a topic as I wrote about it.

Most blog posts take a few hours to write. Some have many revisions. Often I would find that after an hour, I just didn’t feel it anymore. The post I was writing was not worth the effort.

My low volume of output made the road to 150,000 views that much longer.

Reaching 150000 views was challenging

In the early years I was learning how to blog and was finding my voice. The newness and the learning experience kept me engaged as much as the writing did.

The past 18 months have been right in the middle of the COVID-19 epidemic.

My blog is focused on running and when races were cancelled my source of material dried up.

I did write about a few virtual races. They’re not the same as in person races but they were convenient and I learned to enjoy running in my area.

But I only wrote about a few of them. Without going somewhere and spending time with other runners, a virtual race feels just like another training run.

In addition to my source of topics drying up, I dealt with many of the same challenges you did.

Between biology and politics, the past two years have been a grind.

Does anyone know what day it is? Does anyone really care?

Well, now that we are back to the office, the day of the week has become important again and has added some much needed structure to our lives.

I found it hard to focus. As I mentioned above, my enthusiasm for a post often waned before I could hit the Publish button.

When I found something to write about, it often felt trivial compared to what was going on in the world.

And while I wasn’t clinically depressed, I was depressed like everyone else.

Every day the numbers kept going up. Stories about hospitals bringing in refrigerator trailers to hold the bodies. And then there was all the turmoil when we finally got two vaccines.

About two years ago I also injured my Achilles. This was about six months into COVID. Just when I really needed regular running to keep my head on strait.

That cut back on my training and recreational running.

My recovery has been an up and down road. And I can’t say that my attitude was always rosy.

And with people dyeing by the thousands every day, I couldn’t bring myself to write about my own trivial aches and pains.

Reaching 150000 in spite of my self

Over the past few years several of my posts have been generating more than half of my traffic.

Omni Running blog post views by post. Blog traffic

What Distance can me child run went from 13,476 total views in 2021 to 39,672 total views as of October 28th, 2022. That’s almost triple in one year.

With people spending more time at home, working from home and having fewer activities for their kids, interest in this post just took off.

It was nice to see the click throughs to the resources I provided to help parents figure out how far their child can run at any age.

No one has ever commented that this really helped them out, but I have to believe that a few people book marked those other sites and went for a run with their child.

The next most popular post is New England Marathons Fall 2021 or 2022 now. That post went from 18,079 to 26,430 in one year.

Those two perennial posts did most of the heavy lifting to get me from 100,000 to 150,000 views.

Reaching for 200000 Views

With in person running and my ability to run coming back, achieving the next milestone should not take 18 months.

We all know that running improves your attitude and makes you more energetic.

I’m also looking to run the 2023 Boston Marathon. That journey will give me plenty to write about.

As the malaise of COVID-19 dissipates (hopefully), my energy and enthusiasm returns and interesting stories present themselves, you should be hearing from me more frequently.

Here’s to the next 50,000 views and the many good stories everyone will enjoy to help me get there.

Run well my Friends,

Andy

New England Marathons Winter 2022

A short list is better than no list of winter marathons!

Updated October 22nd, 2022

COVID-19 has been tough on winter marathons and it looks like we may have lost a few. Keep your laces tied!

The Roxbury and Millinocket marathons take place before the Winter Solstice and Millinocket is the only December marathon in New England. I’ve also included them in the fall directory where they belong.

Astronomical Winter 2022 officially began on Tuesday, December 21st at 10:59 AM EST. The “Winter Solstice” marks the beginning of winter. On the Winter Solstice the sun reaches the southern most point in the sky at Noon local time.

Click on race names for the latest details. Let me know if you know of other New England Winter Marathons.

New England Marathons Winter

Roxbury Marathon

12 November | 8:30 AM | Saturday

Hurlburt Recreation Area – 18 Apple Lane, Roxbury CT

This scenic, hilly, no-frills, early winter 26.2 mile foot race will cost you only $45 or $35 for the Half.

In 2019 there were only 47 marathon finishers. This race is not for the casual runner.

Here is a report on the 2017 race.

Registration is open

Millinocket Marathon and Half 2022

3 December | 10 AM | Saturday

Registration is open

33 Penobscot Ave Millinocket, Maine

In 2015, twelve runners ran the marathon and 42 finished the Half and it has taken off from there.

The race was cancelled in 2020 but in 2021 there were 154 runners finished the marathon and 944 completed the half.

This race continues to grow in popularity and make contributions to the Millinocket region.

Our FREE marathon & half was started in 2015 to help a struggling northern Maine mill town that has been devastated by the closing of their major employer. Do not run Millinocket for what you get instead RUN MILLINOCKET for what you GIVE. Please do not take spots in our race unless you are serious about doing your very best to show up (of course we know life happens) but please don’t register just because our race is free. All participants are required to generously patronize Katahdin area businesses in lieu of an entry fee. Our 2016 edition was a tremendous success and we look forward to growing our event in 2017 and all the positive influence it brings!

Millinocket used to be a mill town with two paper mills. When I was growing up the economy and the town were vibrant. The high school had competitive sports teams and they were just another city in Maine.

Now the mills are gone and times have changed in Millinocket. The organizers of this race seek to draw runners from near and far to help inject a little economic life into this Northern Maine town.

As they say in the quote above, don’t sign up just because it is free. Sign up because you want to run the race and provide some stimulus to the local economy while you are there.

Boston Prep 16 Miler and 5 Miler

13 February | 10:00 AM | Sunday – see you in 2023?

West Running Brook Middle School – Derry, NH

Derry 16 miler, winter running, New England Marathons Winter

I’ve run this race twice and it’s been very cold or freezing both times. The first time I ran the race the school parking lot was glazed in black ice. I kept sliding down the parking lot while waiting for the race to begin.

Bring your big boy shorts for this run!

The 26th Annual Northeast Delta Dental Boston Prep – this moderately challenging 16-miler is ideally scheduled for runners training for the Boston Marathon, any other spring marathon or a Runner looking for a mid-winter challenge! Are you a regular runner but not ready for a full 16? Try the “BP-Lite,” which offers a taste of the Boston Prep experience on a 5 mile course!

Registration was $65 for the 16-miler and $30 for the 5-Miler.

Everyone should put this race on their bucket list. It really is an experience not to be missed.

Here is my 2015 race recap.

2023 Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & Marathon Team Relay

5 March | 10:00 AM | Sunday 2023

Hyannis, MA

New England Marathons Winter, Hyannis MarathonGranite State Race Services has this race on their calendar, but they do not have registration information listed.

Previously Marathon registration was $65, the Half was $57 and the 10K was $50. The Marathon relay was $115 per team.

The marathon has a registration limit of 400 runners, so once registration opens don’t wait.

These races are USATF Certified:

  • USATF Certification # MA11001RN – Marathon
  • USATF Certification # MA11002RN – Half Marathon
  • Boston Marathon Qualifier – 6 Hour Course Time Limit

2020 ALL Race Results

PEAK Snow Devil Winter Races

3-11 February | 8:00 AM | Saturday – 2023

Pittsfield, VT

This is a snow shoe event where you can run a 100 miler, 100K, a Marathon, Half Marathon or a 10K.

The 100 miler begins at 6AM and the 100K begins at Noon on February 5th The Marathon begins at 7:30AM, Half at 8AM, 10K at 8:30AM and 5K at 9AM all on February 6th.

Snow shoes are required and this race is not for the faint of heart. The course is a 6.5 mile loop with 1200 feet vertical. Only 13 runners finished the marathon in 2018!

Registration is open: $150 for the 100 Miler, $100 for the 100K, $75 for the Marathon, $55 for the Half, $45 for the 10K.


New England Mararthons Winter

The Ocean’s Run Marathon, Half Marathon, 4 Miler & Kids’ Fun Run

TBD March | 8:00 AM | Saturday – possibly cancelled

Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly, RI

All courses are USATF Certified and the marathon is a Boston Qualifier! This race has always been a great tune-up for Boston and other late Spring Marathons.

This race winds through the quiet Westerly beach communities of Misquamicut and Weekapaug. There are water views at nearly every stretch of the race. With hardly any climbs to speak of, this race is fast and furious!!

The race starts and finish at the Misquamicut State Beach! A portion of the proceeds to benefit The Westerly Track and Athletic Club!

Registration for 2022 has not opened. In 2019 registration was: Marathon – $90.00,1/2 Marathon – $60.00 and 4 Miler – $30.

This race received some bad reviews for 2019 and I do not see any information listed for 2022. It looks like this race was last held in 2019.

The Hampton Half

5 March | 10:00 AM | Sunday – registration is open!

Hampton Beach, NH

I know it’s not a marathon, but who wants to sit around until spring?

I’ve run this half three times and it’s one of my favorite halfs.

It’s often cold and sometimes there is a cold breeze off of the Gulf of Maine. Sometimes it’s just a beautiful day.

Here is my 2019 race Recap.

This is a USATF measured and certified course.

Registration is open!

If you are a race director and I have missed your race please contact me at: [email protected] If you are not a race director and know of a marathon that I missed, please contact me at the same email.

Run well my Friends and try to keep warm!

Andy

Somerville 5K Race Directory 2022

Looking for a 5K in Somerville, MA? Look no further.

2022 Somerville 5K Race Directory

Updated October 21st, 2022

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. COVID-19 was tough on races and we lost a few Somerville 5Ks. But many have returned and the crowds seem to be returning also.

If you are managing a race that is not on this list, send your information to – [email protected]

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Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle

15 May | Sunday | 9:00 AM – see you in 2023

Mystic River Watershed Association, Somerville 5K2022 was the 26th year for this unique 5K and paddling event.

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

2022 registration was $25 for the 5K or 9-mile paddle. Register to run and paddle for $40. For race day registration add $5.00

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.

2020 Race Results

2022 Race Results

2022 Photos – 5K and Paddle

Fast and Furriest Fitness Challenge

2 October | 2022 – see you in 2023

dog 5k race, somerville 5k racesThis 5K was a Virtual Fitness challenge for 2021 but return as an in-person event for 2022.

Registration was $45.

The event is a fundraiser for the MSPCA and Angell Memorial. 2021 was the sixth year for this Somerville 5K and their second virtual race.

While there isn’t a date yet, they plan to have the race this Fall.

Race to the Row

August 2022? | 9:00 AM – see you in 2023?

race to the row 5K, somerville 5K race

This race was cancelled in 2020, 2021, and 2022. It is still listed on the SRR web site, but I cannot find any recent information.

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 was $20 or $25 day of.

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

11 September | 11:00 AM | Sunday – see you in 2023

Ras Na Heirnann 5K, Somerville 5K race

Back in person in 2022 for the first time in 4 long years!

Registration was $40.15 all in.

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

1 October | 9:00 AM | Saturday – see you in 2023

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

In 2021 the race returned to Davis Square with 450 runners. And in 2022 there were only 371 runners.

This race used to draw around 1,000 runners and is trying to build back after COVID-19.

I ran the race a few years ago and in 2022. Both times it was well organized and everyone seemed to have fun. I’m not sure why participation declined this year.

Registration for 2022 was $30. And if you raise $250 and your registration was FREE.

I would recommend this race for the kids.

2021 Race Results

2022 Race Results

Somerville Jingle Bell Run

18 December | 11:00 AM | Sunday

Bill Rodgers and Andy, Jingle Bell RunThis race always draws a large, festive crowd. And you never know who you will meet.

Registration is $39 through November 14th.

Believe it or not, there is plenty of free parking in Somerville for this event.

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 2019 over 1,400 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.

2021 Race Results

2019 Race Results

2018 Race Results

My 2017 Race RECAP

Jack’s Abbey sponsors the post race party at 8 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, finisher’s medal and jingle bells.

Run Well my Friends and support your local races!

Andy