Rhode Master Series 2020

Looking to run Rhode Island in 2020? Check out the Rhode Master Series of Marathons and Half Marathons. Sign up for the series and receive VIP perks.


2020 Rhode Island Rhode Master Series

The Rhode Master Series consists of five Rhode races in five cities and towns across Rhode Island.

The first race in April takes place in Newport and the last race in October takes place in Narragansett.

You can take your pick of five half marathons and three marathons, with three events consisting of both distances.

Sign up for the series and run 3, 4 or 5 of the races. As a Rhode Master Series runner you will receive discounts on registration fees, an exclusive medal that will “complete” the series, swag just for series runners and special sponsor discounts for series runners.

Information on the series is here.

Featured in my post, New England Marathons Fall, you can receive 15% off the Narragansett Marathon or Half.

This discount is normally reserved for Rhode Master Series runners who run at least three races.

Ocean State Rhode Races – Narragansett

Narragansett, RI |  25 October 2020 – Sunday – 7:30 AM

rhode island marathon, fall marathons

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

Narragansett is the final stop in the Rhode Master Series and you are sure to see many Rhode Masters receive their series medal.

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 you won’t have to fight through crowds of people at the start to achieve your PR or BQ.  The marathon is a Boston Qualifier.

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

Registration is open –   $90 for the Marathon, $60 for the Half and $28 for the 5K.

Exclusively for Omni Running readers – get 15% off of registration when you use code OMNIFAN. Click here to go to the registration page.

Next price increase is July 5th, 2020.

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.

Run Rhode Island well my Friends,



Thanksgiving Races 2019

Thanksgiving races are fun for the whole family. Thanksgiving is when many people come home from college or from out-of-state to be with their family for the holiday.

Christmas is about creating a special time at home for the kids. Thanksgiving is about coming home to spend time with family and eat Mom’s great cooking!

Thanksgiving is also a great time to spend with friends and go for a run!

Here are some race on or around Thanksgiving that you should check out.

Pre Thanksgiving Races

Here are a few races in the Thanksgiving theme, but a few weeks away from Thanksgiving.

AGN Turkey Trot Tune-Up 5K

2 November  – 9:30 walkers and 10:00 AM for runners – Saturday

Pavilion Park, Ipswich, MA

The Association of Great Neck (AGN) hosts the annual Turkey Tune-Up 5K Run/Walk at Pavilion Park to benefit the AGN Scholarship Fund.

The 5K Run/Walk circles scenic Great Neck with ocean views and is stroller and leashed dog friendly.

The race is a USATF sanctioned event and timed by Bay State Race Services. T-shirts with advanced registration (by October 31) .Prizes for winners in all age groups, refreshments, and a raffle.

This is a small race with plenty of parking and kid friendly.

Registration is $30 and is open.

2nd Annual ViaFit Turkey Chase

17 November 8:00 AM – Sunday

Danvers, MA

ViaFit Turkey Chase, Danvers, Thanksgiving racesThis is a 5K and 4.5 Miler in downtown Danvers.

A portion of proceeds will be allocated to the People to People Food Pantry.

We are requesting all participants bring a non-perishable item with them to pre-race packet pickup or on race day. For every non-perishable item you bring, you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a variety of donated prizes, gift baskets, gift certificates and more.

My advise is to place your food donations in the bag you plan to take to the race the night before. Early in the morning, it’s easy to forget things.

Registration is open and is $35 through November 16th and $40 on race day.

Billerica’s 8th Annual Turkey Trot

17 November 11:00 AM – Sunday

Billerica, MA.

Billerica Turkey TrotAt 10AM there is a free Tot Trot (kids 11 and under) around the Marshall Middle School Track.

At 11AM the 5K starts from the Marshall Middle School.

All proceeds support the Billerica Partners for Education (bped.org), the Billerica Substance Abuse Prevention Committee, and the Billerica Public Schools Health and Wellness Committee.

Registration open and is $25 and $30 on race day. Senior registration is $15 and $10 for students 13 and under.

Teams are encouraged, so get your whole family together for a great 5K run or walk.

RE/MAX Executive Charitable Foundation 5K

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Hopkinton, MA

Start and finish right outside the doors of Hopkinton Country Club!

After the race enjoy an amazing Breakfast Buffet which will include fresh fruit, assorted danish, muffins, breakfast breads, assorted yogurts, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fried potatoes, assorted juices, coffee and tea!

So burn some calories conquering those 3.1 miles and then come feast!

Registration is open and is $45. This includes a tech shirt and an amazing buffet breakfast.

2nd Annual Kingston Turkey Trot 5K

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Kingston, MA

This USATF certified course begins and loops back to the Hilltop Athletic Club on Pottle Street, Kingston, MA.

Registration is open and is:

Adult (19-69): $25.00 online (plus fee)/ $30.00 on-site
​Senior (70+): $15.00 online (plus fee) / $20.00 on-site
Student (11-18): $20.00 online (plus fee)/ $25.00 on-site
Child (10 & under): $15.00 online (plus fee) / $20.00 on-site​
Online registration is open through the end of the day on Thursday, November 21st

6th annual Newton Turkey Trot

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Waban, MA

Newton Turkey TrotThe USATF Certified 5K run is a beautiful out and back course that leads you through Newton neighborhoods, onto the Commonwealth Avenue carriage lane to Newton City Hall and loops back to end at Zervas Elementary School. The roads will be monitored by Newton Police. ​​

​​​This year the Newton Turkey Trot will be raising money for both the Newton Food Pantry and Travis Roy Foundation’s Ethan Wang Fund.

Registration is open through November 19th, and is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the kid’s 1 mile fun run. Prices increase $10 on October 29th.

6th Annual Westborough Turkey Trot

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Westborough High School, Westborough, MA

Westborough Turkey TrotAll proceeds benefit Westborough Public Schools complementing programs and innovative initiatives.

Registration is open and is: $25 for the 5K, $30 on race day and $5 for the kid’s fun run.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving please bring non perishable items, canned food or dry goods to the High School on race day. We will be collecting those items and donating them to the Westborough Food Bank. Thank you!

There will not be a bag drop at this race.

St. Mary’s Jingle Bell 5K and Fun Run

23 November 9:00 AM – Saturday

Longmeadow, MA

Please support St. Mary’s Academy as we raise funds for the school in our Jingle Bell 5K run and 1 mile fun walk. Our mission at St. Mary’s Academy is to promote academic excellence within a Christ-centered Catholic community.

Students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 learn acceptance and appreciation of others and develop to their full potential within a nurturing, family environment.

Please join us after the race in the gym for Coffee/Hot Chocolate, Bagels, Christmas Music, Arts & Crafts, Awards, Raffles and a visit with Santa.

Registration is $25 per person and $60 per family.

Rachel’s Run

23 November 9:15 AM – Saturday

Tyngsboro, MA

The USATF has chosen this course as part of its Cross Country Series. The USATF race will start at 11:15AM for the women and 12:15PM for the men.

This run/walk event raises funds for the Academy of Notre Dame Rachel Morrison Memorial Fund.

There is an event for everyone in the family on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

There will be a community walk at 9:15 AM followed by a trail dedication ceremony at 10AM.

The community 5K run will start at 10:15 AM.

Registration is open!

7th Annual Medford Jingle Bell Run

24 November 11:00 AM – Sunday

Medford, MA

Medford jingle bell run 5K, kids racesThe Medford Jingle Bell Walk/Run benefits all public and private schools in the City of Medford.

When you register for the Medford Jingle Bell Run, you can choose which Medford school, team or club to support with your registration fee.

This unique fundraising concept allows you to support the school, team or club dearest to your heart.

Each school, team and club also compete to get a percent of all money raised from race related fundraising. Each group gets a percent of total fundraising based on how much money each group raises through their own efforts.

So when you buy a raffle ticket  or other fundraising item you help the child from that organization increase how much money their organization receives from the race.

The route is flat and fast. It begins at the Krystle M. Campbell Peace Garden and heads down Riverside Avenue into Medford Square – left at Citizens Bank – left onto Clippership Drive – right onto Riverside Avenue – right onto Freedom Way – follows the bike path and around Hormel Stadium – back down Freedom Way – left onto Riverside Avenue ends at the Krystle M. Campbell Peace Garden.

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

Race day bib pickup and registration is at the Medford Senior Center which is next to The Krystle M. Campbell Peace Garden on Riverside Ave.

Thanksgiving Races 2019

10th Annual Milford Scarlet Hawks Turkey Day 5K

28 November 7:30 AM – Thanksgiving

Milford High School

Registration is open at $20 for adults and $15 for 18 and under.

21st Annual Marathon Sports Hingham High School Turkey Trot 5K

28 November 7:30 AM – Thanksgiving

Kick off your holiday weekend the right way with the biggest Thanksgiving Day race on the South Shore. Race proceeds go to the Hingham High School XC/Track Boosters, and awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.

Registration is open and is $30 and $20 for 18 and under.


28 November 8:00 AM

John Glenn Middle School Bedford, MA

This is a friendly fun-run / walk as a fund-raiser for Bedford Food Pantry. The event provides a significant portion of the food pantry annual budget, and is a great way to build up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner.

The race does not use timing chips and is limited to 250 runners and walkers.

The registration fee until November 20 is $30. November 21-28 is $35. Children 12 and under receive a discount (applied at checkout) so bring the whole family!

This is a USATF sanctioned race, with sanction # 19-02-286.

Ayer Fire Department Thanksgiving 5K

28 November 8:00 AM – Thanksgiving Day

Sun, rain, or snow we run!

The course is mostly flat, with several short hills. Course runs down Main Street and through residential neighborhoods. Marshals will be posted throughout the course, and a water station will be provided on the race course.

Registration is open

Free Thankful 5K

28 November 8:00 AM

McKay Street, Pittsfield, MA

Start your Thanksgiving morning with this 8:00 AM family friendly run.

St. Joseph’s Food Pantry will be the beneficiary of race proceeds this year!

To support this years cause please consider purchasing a Thankful Beanie (winter hat) for $20

Non perishable food items will be collected at Berkshire Running Company up until race day.

Bib number and Beanie pick up will be at BRC on Wednesday November 27th from 10 AM-6 PM and race morning from 7 AM-7:45 AM

Race start is on McKay Street. This is a 6 lap family friendly course on a roughly 1/2 mile loop with sidewalks.

Registration for this free race is open.

Braintree Athletic Association Thanksgiving 5K

28 November 8:00 AM 

Join the 20th running or this Thanksgiving 5K!

Registration is $25 until November 25th and then goes up to $35.

11th Annual North Reading 5K Turkey Trot

28 November 8AM

Ipswich River Park – North Reading, MA.

All proceeds to benefit North Reading High School sports programs. Race registration is capped at 1,500 runners.

Registration open – Students $25, Adults $35, Family up to 4, $65 until Nov. 11th. 

Attleboro YMCA Gobble Wobble 5K

28 November 8AM

Attleboro YMCA, Attleboro, MA

Pre-race registration $25, race day $30. T-shirts for first 250, awards three deep in each age category! Child Watch available at the YMCA.

They are looking for a few volunteers for this race.

Great Gobbler Thanksgiving Day 5K

28 November 8:00 AM

Little Gobbler Fun Run – 7:30 AM

Nashua HS, Nashua, NH.

Proceeds benefit Nashua HS Cross-country Teams. 

Canned good donations will also be accepted for the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter.

Registration is open:18+ $20, 17 and younger $15, FREE Little Gobbler Fun Run (ages 2-10).

After November 17 fees are $25/20 and FREE respectively.

40th Annual Greater Gardner Turkey Trot 5 Miler

28 November 8:00 AM 

Gardner City Hall – Gardner, MA.

Registration for the 5 mile walk or run is $15.00. The walk begins at 8:10 and the run at 8:30.

Newburyport Maudslay Turkey Trot 5K

28 November 8:20 AM

Maudslay State Park

This 30th annual cross-country 5K raises funds for Pettengill House, Our Neighbor’s Table & Opportunity Workshop.

Please bring a few cans of food for Our Neighbor’s Table Food Pantry.

Registration is open and is $32 or $16 for 18 and under.

Southborough Gobble Wobble 5K

28 November 8:30 AM

Kids run starts at 9:30 AM

Trottier School

Brought to you by the Southborough Recreation Department for 13 years and supporting local non-profits helping your friends and neighbors.

Registration is open and is $35/per person (run/walk), $25/Ages18 and under.

Concord Turkey Trot

28 November 8:30 AM – Thanksgiving Day

Keyes Rd in Concord Center 

This family friendly event is a great way to start Thanksgiving Day! Race-day Registration opens at 7:30 AM and is $35 cash or check.

Registration is open through November 16th for $30, $15 for kids 12 and under.

Registrations are capped at 1,500 – so don’t wait!

Please bring a food item to donate to the Open Table Food Pantry. They are in need of hearty soups and boxes of cereal in particular.

The Boston Volvo Thanksgiving Day 5K

28 November 9:00 AM – Thanksgiving Day

Allston, MA

Come be a part of this awesome event and help change the world for people with MS.

The event includes a tee shirt for the first 700 runners to register, prizes for the top run finishes, fundraising prizes, and is a chip-timed, USATF-certified course.

I ran this race a few years ago and it is well organized. You will enjoy running through the neighborhoods of Allston and Brighton smelling pies and turkeys cooking as you go by homes full of families preparing their Thanksgiving Feasts!

Registration is open and is:
$25 until 9/30/2019
$35 10/1/2019 – 11/27/2019
Event Day Registration
$40 11/28/2019

Province Town Pilgrim Trot

28 November 9:00 AM

Sandcastle Resort and Club

What better place to run a Pilgrim Trot then where the pilgrims landed, Provincetown!
All proceeds will be donated to HOW (Helping our Women)
T-Shirts to the first 50 entrants​​
$100.00 cash prize for the first male and female finishers

Registration is $25 and $30 day of.

Acton Turkey Trot

29 November 10:00 AM – Friday

RJ Gray Middle School

Registration is $30 and $35 on race day. Kids 12 and under are $15. Race day registration is cash or check only. T-shirts to the first 300 to register by November 13th.

Andrea Holden Thanksgiving 5K Road Race

30 November 10:00 AM – Saturday

Dennis Inn, Dennis, MA

All funds raised go to benefit the health and well-being of children in the Mid-Cape Area, and Four Annual College Scholarships at D/Y High School in Andrea’s name.

Registration is open and is $18 and $10 for 12 and under.

Wolf Swamp Turkey Trot 5K and 2 mile Walk

30 November 11:00 AM

Wolf Swamp Elementary School, Longmeadow, MA

Registration is $20 and $25 after November 15th.

Run well my Friends!


2019 Malden Irish American Road Race

2019 Malden Irish American Road Race with 10K race recap.

The Malden Irish American Road Race has been going on for many years.

Originally this race was a half marathon and over the years has evolved to it’s current format of a 5K and 10K.

2019 was my fourth or fifth running of The Malden Irish American 10K. I always run the 10K when given the option. Both races were only $25, so it’s hard to beat.

Running The Malden Irish American Road Race 10K

The race is just over a mile from my house so I did my warm up run on the way over. It was warm at 9AM and I was sweaty when I arrived at the club.

The hall was pretty empty and I managed to pick up my number and shirt in no time at all. A few of my friends from the Melrose Running Club were milling around and I managed to speak with just about everyone.

They moved the race up to 10AM this year because it was so hot last year. Around 9:45 we headed for the start line. Most people didn’t seem to know where it was.

Bag pipe player at 2019 Malden Irish American Road Race startAs we stood there waiting a guy playing bag pipes walked around the corner. He didn’t play the National Anthem or anything and I didn’t see him again.

Without even a count down the race started at 10AM.

I ran down Malden Street with a few friends but started to move ahead when we got onto The Fellsway.

We had several police officers on motorcycles and an entire lane of the Fellsway for the race. With room to move, I got into a comfortable pace and started thinking about the hills coming up.

Soon after we crossed Pleasant Street in Malden the first hill began. I started running on my toes and increased my cadence. Surprisingly, I began to pass a few people.

Melrose Running Club at 2019 Malden Irish American Road RaceAs we ran up The Fellsway to the first turn the incline continued. We hit mile one just after the pond and I was happy with an 8:13 pace.

I was happy to hit the turn onto Highland Ave and hit some downhill. Soon we turned onto Maple Street and hit Mile Two at 7:52.

As we ran along I tried not to run too fast. I knew that I was running with 5K runners and didn’t want to try and keep up with them.

At the corner of Charles and Pearl Street the 10K runners went strait and the 5K runners turned right. The two guys I had been running with turned right. Figures!

Soon we hit a water stop and I grabbed a cup. I planned to hit each water station just to be on the safe side.

Malden Irish American 10K

It was now just us 10K runners. There was a gap between me and the people in front of me, and no one seemed very close behind me.

As we ran down Pearl Street there were a few people out cheering us on, which was nice. Remarkably, I also managed to pass a few people.

At the end of Pearl we took a left onto Medford Street and hit Mile Three at 7:55. My average pace was now 8:00 which was much better than I had expected. Then we took a quick right onto Commercial Street.

Commercial seems to go on forever and has very little shade. It’s just a long slog. About half way down this street we saw the lead men heading back.

The first place guy was way out front and there was also a big gap between second and third place and between the pack.

I began to count runners just for fun. By the time I got to the turn just before the Revere Beach Parkway overpass, I counted 28 people in front of me.

As I made the turn I grabbed a drink at the water stop and the guy in front of me did not. He was a bit in front of me but I knew at that point that I would pass him.

I maintained my pace and noticed that his hair was dark and thick. Maybe I couldn’t overtake this young whiper snapper!

I had to be patient because I didn’t have any juice for a surge to overtake him. Eventually both of us passed a guy who was in front of us!

We hit Mile Four just after the water stop and my mile was 8:19. I was slowing down on a flat road!

Finishing the 2019 Malden Irish American 10K

With 2.2 miles to go I knew I wasn’t going to pass many more runners. All I had to do was hold on and see what happened.

At Medford Street we took a right and went over The Malden River. Not much of a hill, but a definite incline.

Just after the bridge and before our turn onto Canal Street I hit Mile Five at 8:06.

Only 1.2 miles to go!

I felt pretty good, nothing hurt and I didn’t feel like I was going to die. Always a good thing!

Before we made the left onto Charles Street I finally passed the guy I had been chasing. I figured he would surge past me at the finish, but it was a psychological victory.

We were only on Charles for a half-mile but it seemed to go on forever! There were a few people cheering us on and plenty of volunteers to guide us.

When we turned onto West Street my watch said 5.86 miles. Maybe another half mile to go?

It was hard to tell. I was spot on at some mile markers and ran long at a few also. I thought we were close, but I couldn’t hear the announcer or the crowd.

I saw runners moving to the right side of the road, so I did also to try and get ahead of the turn. I was way early and went back to the left side of the road. Probably wasted 5 calories.

Andy Nagelin at the 2019 Malden Irish American 10K finishAs we got close to the last turn to the finish I heard a few people calling out my name. As I made the turn I saw Judy Dolan with her phone out. I thought she might be taking pictures so I gave a thumbs up as I passed by.

I thought I might be close to a 50 minute race but wasn’t sure until I saw the race clock with 49 and change on it.

No one was near me so I pushed as hard as I could and crossed at 49:34! I was really happy with that finish.

It took me a few minutes to catch my breath. As I walked around I found the table where Melrose Running Club was hanging out. Regina Curran seemed surprised to see me.

It was nice of her to say that, but I really wasn’t that fast. I sat down and Regina asked her daughter to get some water for me. So nice of them.

After the Race

After I had my water I headed for the beer tent and handed over my two tickets. It was Bud Light but it actually tasted ok.

Surprise, surpise, everyone was near the beer tent! Mike Dolan had a good race and said he felt pretty good. Marty Hergert was happy with his run also.

They had results taped to the wall but only one page of 10K results. I found myself in 31st place on the sheet and was a bit surprised as I counted 26 people in front of me. No medals, big checks or new cars either way!

I was happy to run a 10K under an 8 minute pace.

96 people finished the 10K and 176 finished the 5K. A little light for a well established race like this. It was very hot last year so that may have kept some people away, even though they moved the start time up by an hour.

Top Melrose Running Club Finishes:

Lynda Field won her age group in the 10K.

Robert Bruzzese placed second in his age group in the 10K

In the 5K Rob Albers won his age group and Mike Dolan came in second in his age group.

Ava Curran came in third in her age group in the 5K

2019 Malden Irish American Road Race Results

Run well my Friends and welcome to Fall!


Mothers Day 5K Races 2019 in Massachusetts

A Few Mothers Day 5K Races in MA

Mothers Day 5K races are a great time to get together as a family and run a 5K. Many races allow and even encourage runners with strollers. You don’t see that all the time, but these races are for moms!

There are large races and there are small races, but not very many Mother’s Day 5K races. Here are a few Mothers Day 5K races in Massachusetts.

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12th this year.

Cause and Event Boston

Arlington High School

Mother's Day RacesKid’s Fun Run starts at 7:30 AM and the 5K Road Race begins at 8 AM.

Cause + Event Boston is a unique 5K race that connects the philanthropic giving of participating athletes to the causes they believe in.

Each runner chooses their favorite charity and Cause + Event Boston donates at least half of all registration fees to these organizations. Chosen charities must be verified 501(c)3 organizations.

Registration is sold out!


Pine Hill Little League Mothers Day 5k Fun Run Walk

Supporting Pine Hill Little League in Lynn, MA this  9:00 AM race takes place at Rollys Tavern On The Square, 338 Broadway in Lynn.

Registration for this race is now closed.

A friend of mine who is now in his 50’s used to play for this Little League Team, and I was the men’s winner a few years ago. First time eva! Race recap HERE.

Ring Around the Neck 5K

Devereux Beach, Marblehead – 9:00 AM

Don’t miss the the 39th running of the Ring Around the Neck 5K road race. Fun for the whole family starts at Devereux Beach!

Ring Around the Neck’s 5K race course takes you around Marblehead’s breathtaking Marblehead Neck! See both harbor and ocean views on this challenging race course. The course is stroller and dog friendly.

This race will benefit the Lynch van Otterloo YMCA Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program.

Registration is open until May 9th and is $30 for adults, $15 for children and $10 for Veterans.

Women’s Fund Tiara 5K

The Tiara 5K starts at 9:30 AM and the Kid’s Fun Run takes place at 9:00 AM.  The race takes place at the Oxford Creamery in Mattapoisett, MA.

T-shirts for the first 300 runners to register and you can join or create a team. Click to Register.

mothers day 5k racesThe Women’s Fund of Southeastern MA raises funds and takes collaborative action so that all women in the region have strong opportunities to earn a living wage. The mission of the Women’s Fund is to advance the educational attainment and economic security of women and girls in Southeastern Massachusetts. Funds raised support the communities of Southeastern Massachusetts, primarily in the greater New Bedford area.

Parking can be a challenge and the race organizers encourage carpooling.

“M.O.M.’s RUN” – Mary O’Brien Memorial 5K Run & Walk for Cancer

At 10AM at Baxter Riverfront Park Amphitheater, Somerville.

5K registration is $35 and $40 day of.

Kid’s, 0.1 miles, Fun Run is at 9:30 and registration (9 and under) is $5.00.

Registration is open.

Parking is available at the Assembly Row parking garage free for the first three hours.

Harpoon and Red Bone’s supply the post race festivities. I hear they have an amazing raffle also.

A Mother’s Hope 5K

9:00 AM at Nelson Park in Plymouth, MA

mothers day 5K racesRegistration is $25 for Adults, $30 on race day,
$20 for students 11-18 and $25 on race day.
Children under 10, $15.00 and $20.00 on race day.

Proceeds benefit Brook Retreat and The Family Restored.

This is a smaller race with around 125 runners, so it may be a good one for a fist time runner.

T-shirts to all who register by May 1st. Bib pickup begins at 8:00 AM on race day at Nelson Park.

This is a USA Track & Field New England Sanctioned race – Sanction #18-02-063

Scituate Fire Fighters 5K

The Mother’s Day 5K run through scenic Minot Beach area begins at 10:00 AM. Kid’s 1K at 9:15 and 5K walk begins at 8:30.

Registration is open and is $20 for all. T-shirt to the first 250 pre-registered.

The 42nd Annual Women’s Running Race

Held at Berkshire Community College, West Street, Pittsfield, MA.

This event, which is billed as the second oldest all- women’s race in the country, is actually two races. The event begins with an all-women’s race followed by an “everybody else” race.

This year the Race is free, but registrants can purchase event T shirts for $20. Buy before May 1st to ensure shirt size. Race day T shirt price is $25. Each shirt purchase is accompanied by a raffle ticket for great prizes. Additional tickets are $5.

Register here.

Women’s 5K starts at 8:00 AM, Community Run at 9:30 and Kid’s Fun Run at 10:30.

Medals for Mom?

If Mom or the kids are running their First 5K on Mother’s day, make sure they get a medal. The My First 5K medal is exclusively for first time 5K runners. It isn’t for 2nd or 10th time 5K runners.

Christmas gift, holiday run, family 5KIf someone you know is running their first 5k road race, get them something to remember their big moment.

If you would like a My First 5K medal, you can order here.

Run well my friends, and Happy Mother’s Day!


2019 Race Directory Updates

2019 Race Directory Updates are on-going. Be sure to check back for updates and additions as the year goes on. Have a great 2019 running year and run well my Friends!

As we roll into 2019 I’ll be making Race Directory updates with new dates and hopefully a few new races.

The most popular race directory that I keep is the New England Marathons Fall. I started tracking these marathons in 2015 and last year the post just took off.

Now that winter is officially here I’ll be changing the name to New England Marathons Fall 2019 this week. Not to worry, I will keep the same URL for the blog post. If you have it book marked you won’t have to make any changes.

I’m glad that the Fall Marathons directory became popular and not the Summer Marathons post. Fall has enough marathons in New England to keep things interesting without it becoming a full time job for me.

5K Race Directory Updates

I will also continue to update the 5K race directories for local cities and towns. Just like for the marathon listings, I’ll keep the same URL and change the title only.

Unlike most directories published by the big web sites, I will not inundate you with ads and pop ups. I will mention the My First 5K medal on occasion. Many 5Ks only award the top three runners over all and often age-group winners.

Unlike the corporate web sites, I often speak with the race director. This lets me get dates listed quicker and get the latest updates.

Without all of the ads and clutter, it is much easier to find a race in your town on my directories. Here are two popular listings that I will be updating shortly:

Somerville 5K Race Directory

Cambridge 5K Race Directory

GBA St. Patrick’s Day Races

Most other cities and towns only have a handful of races, so it’s hard to put together much of a listing. I may consolidate some of these other directories into regional directories.

Assault on Mount Hood 2018 is on

Melrose Running Club announces date for 2018 Assault on Mount Hood cross country race.

The Melrose Running Club has announced the date for The Assault on Mount Hood 2018.

The 3.5 mile cross country race will take place December 8th at Noon at the Mount Hood Golf Course. The location of race operations will be the Mount Hood Golf Course Club House this year. If you’ve run the race before, you’ve passed the club house on your way to the race.

As always, car pooling is recommended as parking is limited.

Assault on Mt Hood XC race 2016, Melrose Running Club, Fall Races
Assault on Mount Hood 2016

Now in it’s 14th season, this race will challenge you with a 3.5 mile course through the fairways and hills of Mt. Hood Golf Course. Race Director, Brian Slater, always finds the steepest hills on the golf course to make this one of the most challenging and fun races of the late fall running season.

You never know what to expect. Some years it is warm and the ground will be wet and soggy with lots of mud and puddles. If we have a cold snap the ground will be frozen and the fairways will feel like pavement under your shoes. Not knowing what to expect is part of the fun.

AOMH, Assault on Mount Hood
Assault on Mount Hood 2013

Registration is open now and limited to 400 runners. Since this is a cross country race, strollers are not permitted. Pre-registration through December 1st is $25 and race-day registration is $27. There is also a 2 mile walk and registration is $20. Click to register.

Day of registration begins at 10:30 AM at 100 Slayton Road, Mt. Hood Golf Course Club House.

Commemorative pint glasses to the first 250 applicants. There is also the legendary post race party with awards for individuals, age group and teams. Be sure to hang out after the race for awards, food and fun!

Assault on Mt Hood cross country race

Numbers can be picked up at the club house the day of the race starting at 10:00 AM.

You may also pick up your number, or register for the race, at Marathon Sports on Main Street in Melrose from 3 to 7:00 PM on Friday December 7th.

Only 400 registrations will be taken, so don’t wait to sign up for one of the legendary running events in the Greater Boston Area!

Here are a few of my race recaps:

2014 Assault on Mt. Hood

2015 Assault on Mt. Hood

2016 Assault on Mt. Hood

Run well my Friends and try to stay warm out there!