5K Medals for First Time runners

For a first time runner a medal is a big deal

#first5k medal, running medal, finisher's medalFirsts in life are a big deal. Like a child’s first step, a First 5K Race is a big step in life.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, you deserve a finisher’s medal when you finish your first 5K road race.

As a runner, you know how much work and determination it takes to run your first 5k race. As a parent, spouse or friend, you know how hard your runner has worked to prepare. 

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Most races award medals to the top three male and female finishers. Some also award medals to the top finishers by age group.

Make sure your runner brings home a medal regardless of how they finish the race.

5K Medals for First Time Runners

Why don’t all races award medals for all finishers?

Most 5K races are fundraisers and race directors have to watch their budget.

Producing a race is expensive and race directors have to find ways to control costs. Medals for each runner reduces the money that goes towards fundraising.

Other expenses such as timing services, police details and insurance are required to put on a race.

Fundraisers need to raise funds 

When a non-profit commits staff and resources to produce a 5K road race, they need to have something to show for their expenditure of time and funds.

In a 2005 Cool Running article Boston Marathon Race Director, Dave McGillivray, gave an example 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. Twelve years later, the average 5K fee is $30.00.

Dave’s estimate did not include awards or finishers medals, and his race still lost 30¢ per runner.

The $30 collected per runner today doesn’t go much further than the $20 collected in 2005. In addition to inflation, races have become bigger productions and most provide tech shirts instead of cotton. 

Dave’s 2005 article indicates that not providing a finishers medal is a long-standing practice. So even in 2005 race directors felt the need to eliminate this expense. 

Races need runners to be successful

Any race needs runners to show up in order to be successful. To attract the bulk of veteran road racers, races have to keep fees in line with other races.

Veteran runners also expect a well organized race with water, some food and a nice shirt. If a race cuts corners, runners will notice and may not return the next year.

Recent surveys indicate that experienced runners would rather keep entry fees low and not receive a medal. Many would go without a shirt to keep fees low.

Race directors know this. Some races do not include a shirt with registration and most have eliminated a medal for all runners.

Millions of new 5K runners each year

Each year, millions of people lace up for their first 5K road race. For them every step along the way has been an adventure in the journey to their first race. 

We all grew up watching medal ceremonies at The Olympics and The Boston Marathon. Every first time runner wants their personal moment of victory.

Not receiving a medal at the 5K finish line is like leaving the exclamation mark off of “I finally did it!”.  It’s a no cake birthday.

First time 5K runners like medals

First time runners have seen the medal ceremonies and felt the excitement. They want to feel that excitement for themselves. 

For race directors, providing a medal, keeping fees low and raising funds is a challenge.

Omni Running offers the MyFirst5K medal for your runner

My First 5K medal, runners medalThis is a limited edition finisher’s medal designed exclusively for first time 5K runners.

You can order one for your runner or for a group of runners. Just click any image on this page to place your order.

Race directors can add the medal as a registration option for runners. The medal is a great fundraiser with little effort on your part. Race Director Details.

Each medal comes with a bib sticker

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Let me know if you have questions.

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Run for All Ages 2018

The 17th Annual Run For All Ages 5k is Saturday November 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM. 

The race begins and ends in the Comverse Building parking lot. Located just off of North Ave in Wakefield you will find plenty of parking and many good friends at this race.

This truly is a Run for All Ages with runners ranging in age from 8 to 80! Come and run your pace and enjoy your race.

The first 250 runners registered will receive a tech t-shirt. Age group prizes will be awarded in 10 year age divisions and in five-year increments from 60 to 90+. Enjoy a fun post race party with lots of raffle prizes.

The Run for All Ages is an MA Senior Games qualifier for National Senior Games. To compete as an MA Senior Games participant you must be 40 or older and pay an additional $14 fee.

Online entry fees are $27.00 for adults, $30 mail-in and $35 race day.

$10.00 for youth 13 and under (plus processing fees)

All of our friends over 80 can register for free!

Run for All Ages Registration HERE

Run for All Ages 5K Sponsorship

races with medals, 5k medals, run for all ages 5KOmni Running is a sponsor for the 5th year in a row with the My First 5K Medal. My First 5K medals are great for first time 5K runners of any age.

I’ve seen father and son teams where the son was older than me! I’ve also seen moms and dads running with their young children.

It truly is a Run for All Ages.

My First 5K medals will be available at the race for $10 plus tax. We accept credit cards.

You can also order ahead of time on-line here.

Proceeds benefit the Wakefield Education Collaborative.

Bring your child, friend or spouse along and make sure they get a great medal to celebrate their First 5K.

This is the race that gave me the idea for this medal. Everyone running their First 5K deserves a medal, even if they don’t place in the top 3.

Every child who decides to run their first 5K deserves a medal worthy of their initiative and effort. Show your child how proud of them you are with a very special medal that only a few will receive on race day.

This race provides medals for the top three finishers in each age group, but not for all runners.

Each year Harrows Chicken Pies is at this race. They make the best chicken pies you’ve ever had. If race day is cold, nothing beats a sample of hot chicken pies!

See you at the race!

Andy

St. Patrick’s Day 5K Races Greater Boston 2020

Looking for a St. Patrick’s Day race in the GBA? Look no further for an easy to use directory without all of the ads.

Here are the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day 5K races in the Greater Boston area.

Most races have been cancelled and some have been postponed. Please check the race web site as your race date approaches.

St. Patrick’s Day 5K races, like most holiday themed races, take place around the actual holiday. This gives you the opportunity to run a St. Patrick’s Day themed race two weekends in a row or twice in a weekend if you want!

To register for a race click the title, to order a medal for your runner, click HERE.

Shamrock Shuffle 5K

7 March 9:00 AM Saturday – Medway

Medway Shamrock Shuffle, St Patrick's 5KSponsored by the Medway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, the race raises funds for Medway’s elementary schools.

Supporting creative arts programs, cultural arts programming, teacher appreciation events, and other activities that benefit Medway schools and enhance the children’s education.

The 5K course winds through the scenic back roads of Medway and is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, including children and families. 

Registration was: Adults $30, 17 and under is $20.T-shirt deadline has passed.My First 5K medal, running medal

Now in it’s 9th year, this race has cash awards the top three male and female finishers. Age group first place runners will also receive a medal. This race does not have a finisher’s medal for all runners.

Shamrock Stampede 5K

14 March – 10:00 AM – Saturday – Plymouth

St. Patrick's Day 5K, PlimouthThis race is based out of the DCR Pilgrim Memorial State Park. Registration includes one free beer ticket for the post race party.

Proceeds benefit:

Kathy Frank Scholarship Fund – providing a scholarship to a graduate of Silver Lake High School going into the field of nursing in memory of Kathy Frank.

Kathy was a Kingston resident and a nurse at South Shore Hospital who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in April 2011.

Registration was $30 for adults, $20 for 11 to 20 and $15 for 10 and under. Add $5 for race day registration.

Deadline to receive a shirt is March 3rd.

Awards for top 1-3, male and female and 1st place age-group runners.

This race does not have a finisher’s medal for all runners.

Running of the Leprechauns

15 March – 10:30 AM Sunday – Medford  Postponed

Running of The Leprechauns, Medford 5KThe 7th annual Running of the Leprechauns 5k is a roaring St. Patrick’s Day race/party. This race has raised and donated over $102,000 in the first 6 years to Boston Children’s Hospital.

Event location: American Legion Hall, 321 Winthrop Street, Medford

Race shirt deadline was February 15.

Finishers medal when you cross the finish line! Awesome swag!

5k running medals for first time runners, running awardMy First 5K medal is available when you register for this race. All proceeds benefit Boston Children’s Hospital.

Registration is: $45 for 18+ and $17 for youth 6 to 17 years old.

Mick Morgan’s St. Patrick’s 5K

14 March – 9:00 AM Saturday – Sharon Cancelled 

Registration was: $30, $35 day of race. The first 300 to register receive a long-sleeve tech t-shirt. This race often draws up to 800 runners, so sign up before they hit capacity.

Event location: Mick Morgan\’s Irish Pub, 973 Providence Highway (Route 1), Sharon, Massachusetts 02067

Proceeds support HESSCO programs and services of providing support and services to seniors, individuals living with a disability and their caregivers in South Norfolk County.

HESSCO packages and delivers an average of 130,000 home delivered meals each year and serves an additional 30,000 meals annually in dining room settings. Our drivers not only deliver a hot, nutritious meal, but they provide a wellness check and a friendly visit. For many, this is the difference needed to maintain their dignity and independence at home.

My First 5K medal, runners medalIt appears that this race does not provide a finishers medal to all runners. If you are bringing someone to their First 5K, make sure to order a My First 5K medal for them!

 

Marshfield St. Patrick’s 5K

14 March 10:00 AM – Saturday – Marshfield Postponed

Marshfield St. Patrick's Day 5K RaceThis St. Patrick’s Day 5K is sponsored by the Marshfield Education Foundation and is now in it’s 9th year. This USATF certified race usually draws over 2,000 runners.

Registration was $35 for adults and $20 for 19 and under. 

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Pick up your bib at Marathon Sports in Norwell, March 7-12th and receive 20% off!

This race offers cash prizes to the top three male and female finishers, and awards for the top three age group finishers. A finishers medal is not provided for all runners.

St. Patty’s Day 5K/10K & Pub Crawl

14 March 10:00 AM – Saturday – Salisbury Cancelled – virtual race option available

This race is entirely within the flat, straight paved roads inside the scenic Salisbury Beach State Reservation.

This is the perfect course for runners looking to PR or for first time 5K runners. Run one loop or two, for a certified 5K or 10K, respectively.

Event location: 212 Beach Rd, Salisbury, MA 01952

5k & 10k participants (21+ only) may redeem beer ticket at any of the Pub Crawl participating bars. This years participating bars are: Carousel, Uncle Eddie’s, Dolphins and Salisbury Sports Pub.

FREE photos and finish line video will be available at no additional cost!

Age group awards start at 19 & under, but this race does not provide a finisher’s medal to all runners.

Registration was:

5K – $35 through race day of if available. Ages 12-20 $30 and under 11 is $10.
10K – $35 through race day of if available for all age groups.

Age group and top three male and female runners will receive awards.

Hyannis Shamrock Shuffle 

15 March – 11:00 AM – Sunday – Hyannis

Hyannis Shamrock Shuffle, St Patrick's Day 5K This race is based out of the Michael Aselton Memorial Park in Hyannis. Registration includes a beer ticket for the post race party.

Proceeds benefit The Shawn Thornton Foundation. ​The Shawn Thornton Foundation is dedicated to helping find cures for diseases close to Shawn’s heart, specifically, Parkinson’s and cancer. 

Registration was $30 for adults, $20 for 11 to 20 and $15 for 10 and under. Add $5 for race day registration.

St. Patrick’s Day Road Race

15 March – 11:00 AM – Sunday – South Boston  This race has been cancelled

boys and girls clubs of Boston, Boston 5K road raceA Southie tradition since 1940, this race takes place just before the famous South Boston St. Patrick Day’s Parade.

The race is hosted and sponsored by Keystone, the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club Teen Leadership Program. Funds raised at the race will help support the Keystone program.

Event location: 230 West Sixth Street Boston, MA

Registration was $25 and the race always sells out, so don’t wait!  Official Race Shirts go to the first 650 registrants.

The Connolly Medal is given to the first South Boston resident to finish the St. Patrick’s Day Road Race. It is named for James Brendan Connolly, a son of South Boston, who medaled in the 1896 Olympics in Athens and is considered the first modern Olympic champion.

The Father Lane Medal is awarded each year to the first place Edgerley Family South Boston Club Kid Finisher.

Registration is open for only $25.00! though March 12th.

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Guinness Celtic 5K

15 March 11:00 AM – Sunday – Worcester

This race has been cancelled, the organizers plan to hold the race once the Corona Virus has run it’s course.

Guinness Celtic 5K, WorcesterHeld at the Elm Park at 284 Highland Street in Worcester, this race features an extensive list of bars for post race parties. So you know it’s going to be a good time!

The Guinness Celtic 5k is the first race of Tour de Worcester, a three part race series starting in March

Registration was  $32. 

The post race party takes place at 19 Worcester bars!

Mayflower Brewing St. Patrick’s Day 5K

22 March 9:30 AM – Sunday – Plymouth – Cancelled

Plymouth St. Patrick's Day 5K, Mayflower BrewingSponsored by and based out of the Mayflower Brewing Company brewery at 12 Resnik Rd # 3, Plymouth, MA.

Registration was at $37 through 3/21.

Each runner will receive a short sleeve tech shirt and runners over 21 will get one Mayflower brew. So bring your ID. Free finish line photos will be taken for you!

This race does not offer  a finisher’s medal for each runner.

Shamrocks on the Rocks 5K

15 March 1:00 PM – Sunday | Lunenburg

This race is organized by the North Medford Running Club and is an out and back 5K Run and Walk around Lake Whalom.
Custom designed apparel for the first 150 entrants and a party after the race at On The Rocks!!! with pizza from Embers Pizzeria!

Event location: 96 Lakefront Street, Lunenburg, MA

Prizes: Cash for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Male and Female Runners Overall Only. If you’re bringing the kids, spouse or a friend for their First 5K, make sure you get them a finisher’s medal!

Registration was $25.00 with race day registration available.

11th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Hibernian 5K

22 March 11:00 AM – Sunday | Lynn  Still scheduled

Course: The Hibernian 5K is a loop course starting at Hibernian Hall that goes through some of the residential neighborhoods of West Lynn and finishes at Hibernian Hall. Walkers are welcomed! 

Race Amenities: Long-sleeve dri-fit shirts to the first 500 pre-registered runners, race timing, water on the course, post-race raffles and entertainment.

Prizes for the top three male and female adult overall winners, and top male and female under 13 years of age, and top Hibernians.

Event location: Hibernian Hall, 105 Federal St., Lynn, MA

Registration was $30 through race day.

Rás na hÉireann 5K

22 March 11:00 AM – Sunday | Somerville  Still Scheduled

This race has become a tradition among local runners over the past eight years. I’ve run this 5K three or four time my self!

Run from Davis Square the course is moderately challenging and well marshaled.

The after party is one of the best with most bars in Somerville participating.  Check the web site for locations and sign up!

Registration is $40.14 including all fees, shirt and a medal.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, run well and may the wind be at your back!

Andy

Run for All Ages 5K 2017

The 16th Annual Run For All Ages 5k is Saturday November 4, 2017 at 10:00 AM. 

The first 250 runners registered will receive a race shirt, and they tell me they still have some left. Age group prizes will be awarded across all age groups – in five-year increments from 60+. Enjoy a fun post race party with lots of raffle prizes.

All of our friends over 80 can register for free!

Online entry fees are $22.00 for adults, and $10.00 for youth 13 and under (plus processing fees).

Run for All Ages Registration HERE

Run for All Ages 5K Sponsorship

races with medals, 5k medals, run for all ages 5KOmni Running is a sponsor for the 4th year in a row with the My First 5K Medal. My First 5K medals are great for first time 5K runners of any age.

I’ve seen father and son teams where the son was older than me! I’ve also seen moms and dads running with their young children.

It truly is a Run for All Ages.

My First 5K medals will be available at the race for $10 plus tax. We accept credit cards.

Proceeds benefit the Wakefield Education Collaborative.

Bring your child, friend or spouse along and make sure they get a great medal to celebrate their First 5K.

This is the race that gave me the idea for this medal. Everyone running their First 5K deserves a medal, even if they don’t place in the top 3.

Every child who decides to run their first 5K deserves a medal worthy of their initiative and effort. Show your child how proud of them you are with a very special medal that only a few will receive on race day.

This race provides medals for the top three finishers in each age group, but not for all runners.

Each year Harrows Chicken Pies is at this race. They make the best chicken pies you’ve ever had. If race day is cold, nothing beats a sample of hot chicken pies!

See you at the race!

Andy

Hallmark Health Stride for Healthy Communities

The Hallmark Health Stride for Healthy Communities 5K takes place on Saturday, September 30th.

Hallmark Health Stride for Healthy Communities

Hallmark Health Stride for Healthy CommunitiesThis Saturday morning race starts at 9 AM. Registration and bib pick up begins at 8 AM.

With  hospitals in Melrose and Medford and out-patient services provided in Reading and Stoneham, Hallmark Health truly serves our Communities.

Proceeds from the Stride for Healthy Communities benefit Hallmark Health family health services such as CPR training for high school students, diabetes education and other initiatives to keep our communities healthy.

This flat course around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield is very popular because it offers plenty of free parking and a nice flat course.

My First 5K medal, runners medal, hallmark health stride for healthy communitiesThis child friendly race offers registration for children 12 and under for only $15. Registration includes a “My First 5K” medal for all children under 12.

If you are thinking about running an early fall 5K with your child, this would be a great one. The course is flat and every child 12 and under receives a high quality medal to commemorate their first 5K race.

Teen and adult registration is $25 pre-registered and $30 day of.

If your child is 13 or older, or your running partner is older, My First 5K medals will be available for purchase at the race for $10.00. All proceeds benefit Hallmark Health family health services.

Hallmark Health Stride for Healthy Communities Festivities

After the race there will be music, giveaways and fun for the whole family. Be sure to stick around for the awards ceremony and enjoy a beautiful September morning along the lake.

The Melrose Running Club will also be at the race. Be sure to stop by their tent to learn about the club and their Walk to Run program. The Melrose Running Club Walk to Run program has been helping new runners for over 10 years.

The Melrose Running Club is a community partner with Hallmark Health to bring you and your family a fantastic running experience.

My First 5K Finishers Medals 2017 in Display Frames

Check out the 2017 My First 5K Medals in display frames.

The 2017 ribbons have a Velcro clasp which allows for many more medal display options.

My First 5K Medal – Zig Zag Ribbon

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My First 5K Medal with vertical ribbon display

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My First 5k Medal with standard display

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Ribbons!

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We are ready for any summer 5K race that you talked your friend or child into running with you. Don’t you think they deserve a special medal?

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