Cambridge 5K Race Directory
Updated September 23rd, 2022 Here is the Cambridge 5K race directory for 2022. So far, all races have been in-person 5K events this year. Some races may have faded away over the past two years but Cambridge running is getting back to normal. Click any race name to go to that race web site. The Cambridge 5K Race Directory - for your next 5K Click To Tweet
13 February | 10:00 AM | Sunday – see you in 2023! This event turned into a Virtual Race series in 2021 that lasted 5 weeks. Races included a 1K, 1 Mile 5K, 5 Mile, 10K, 10 Mile and a Half Marathon. The Super Sunday 5 was back in Kendal Square for 2022! But for $20 you could participate in the 2022 Virtual Series also! The 5 Miler and 5K were the first Cambridge races of the year and drew about 2,000 runners. 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
3 April | 9:00 AM | Sunday – see you in 2023! 2022 was 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. Registration is closed. 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 is $35 for adults and $25 for students. Race day registration will be $45 adult and $35 student. CRLS students 18 and under can register for FREE. 2019 Results
24 April | 9:30 | Sunday – See you in 2023!
The Bionic5K celebrates hope over despair, diversity over uniformity, possibilities over disabilities.
Run in Harvard Square or Virtually from anywhere in the world!
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. 2022 registration was: $40 for adults and $25 for 21 and under. Race Photos 2019 Results 2022 Race Results
? April | Virtual | Cancelled for 2022 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!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
1 May | 9:30 AM | Sunday – See you in 2023! This race takes 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 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 $40 Get the Season Pass for $140, run all four races and get a cool 1/4 zip fleece! 1853 runners finished this race in 2019.
REI Co-Op 5K at Cambridge Crossing
5 June | 9:30 AM | Sunday – See you in 2023! A new race for 2022! Starting and finishing at the REI Co-op store in Cambridge, this double loop 5K course explores the new Cambridge Crossing neighborhood as well as the waterfront along North Point Park. REI is proud to kick-off the summer season early with a community run and post-race celebration outside the store. Come move with us in a way that feels good for you – we welcome participants of all levels, from those who have their sights on a PR to those running their first 5k. And, whether you’re running, cheering, or just coming out to see what all the fun and sunshine is about – let’s get outside together on June 5th. Celebrate your finish at our post-race party! Exchange your beer tickets with Lamplighter Brewing. Check out the various vendors including REI, Nuun, and so many more. And my friends from Athletic Brewing Co. will be there as well. If you haven’t tried one yet, make sure to stop by their booth and give them a try. Registration was $45 through day of race. All participants will receive a branded Nalgene bottle and a neck gaiter with registration. 2022 race results
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. 2022 registration is open for the last race in this series on September 15th. Check their website for dates as I see three different sets of dates on two websites. 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 9 7:00 June 30 7:00 July 21 7:00 Aug 11 6:30/7:05 Sep 1 6:30/7:00 Sep 15 7:00 Race begins at 5 Greenough Blvd, Cambridge, MAA 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
? June | 9:30 AM | Cancelled 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, 2021 and 2022.
14 July | 6:30 PM | Thursday – See you in 2023 65 Sydney Street 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! Registration is closed. 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. This is a great summer, after work race. Especially if you work in Cambridge! 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!
Surprise your first time runner with a medal at the finish line! It’s a great way to build comradery on your team! 1770 runners finished this race in 2018 and 1,649 finished in 2022. It looks like this race is back! 2022 race results
18 September | 9:30 AM | Sunday – See you in 2023 65 Sydney Street 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 open at$43 with the third price increase on September 15th. 2020 race results 2121 race results
25 September | 10:00 AM | Sunday This race benefits the girls of Cambridge by supporting the Cambridge Girls Softball League and other girls’ sports. 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 at: $35 through the the end of July. Then $40 until September 24th, then $45 day of registration.
? October | 9:00 AM | Sunday – cancelled 89 Pacific Street 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.
4 December | 9:30 AM | Sunday 65 Sydney Street Registration for 2022 is open at $38 until September 25th. sign up today! The Winter Classic was live and in person on December 5th 2021 with 2268 runners. This is one of the very few races that I ran in 2021. The last in the Cambridge Classic Series for 2022 and you don’t want to miss it. 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 $38.00 through September 25th. 2020 Virtual Results 2021 Race Results Get a finisher’s medal for your first time Winter Classic 5K runner!
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.
11 December | 9:30AM | Sunday – cancelled? 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.
About Cambridge 5K Races
Several Cambridge 5K races have come and gone. It seems that it is becoming more challenging for race directors to operate in Cambridge. COVID-19 seems to have faded from everyone’s memory and I rarely see a mask at a race anymore. 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. info at omnirunnig.com Run well my Friends, and see you in Cambridge! Andy