New England Marathons Fall 2020

Looking for a great fall marathon in New England? This extensive listing of marathons all over New England is continually updated and features registration discount codes.

As we move through the summer running season, the cancellations continue.  As the dates for many New England marathon’s approach, we find more races cancelled or going virtual.

Many races have posted COVID-19 statements. Please read these statements and refund policies before registering for a race.

Many marathons have gone virtual with reduced registration fees and others have suspended registration.

Some marathons have been cancelled, but most trails races are still moving forward.

Autumnal equinox will be September 22, 2020. The days will continue to grow shorter and cooler until the Winter Solstice on Saturday December 21, 2020. Winter Solstice is the day of the year with the fewest minutes of day light. 

Fall is a great time for marathon running in New England. In late September the air begins to cool and we usually do not have many major storms. By the end of Autumn on December 21st, the leaves have all fallen and the air has a crisp coolness to it.

Looking for a winter run? There aren’t many marathons in New England over the winter but check out New England Winter 2019 marathons HERE.

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

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New England Marathons Fall 2020

Cape Cod MOVES “Y-Not” Trail Races

Sandwich, MA | 26 September | Saturday | 8:00 AM



COVID 19 strikes again.

The course is rolling with a nice variety of single track and double track. There are some short paved road sections. The course is a 5K loop almost entirely set on the YMCA Camps Hayward and Burgess. Some sections have sticks, roots and ruts. Trail shoes are recommended but not needed for this course.

There will be a short loop to make up the distances needed for the half marathon and marathon.

Base Camp for the race will be Camp Hayward, 52 Pinkham Road, Sandwich, MA.

This event has something for everyone. Ranging from a 50K to a 5K and a marathon relay.


Stay by the Race!
Three season cabins will be available for rental! These will be for $25 per person, per night. They have electricity but no heat. There are showers on the property. These can be reserved when you register.

This is a Green Event!
There will be no cups allowed on the course! We will be composting out of the race and using only compostable materials (e.g. forks and spoons!). Bring a container to fill with fluids.

Race shirts were available for $10.

Registration closed May 7th.  Registration was $50 for the Marathon and $40 for the Half. 10K is $30 and the 5K is $20.

The Ultra 50K is $60 and the 8 person marathon relay is $75.

Clarence Demar Marathon and Half-Marathon

Keene, NH | 27 September |  Sunday – CANCELLED

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

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Please read the cancellation notice from the Keene Elm City Rotary. You will gain a greater appreciation of what this race means to the community and the people The Rotary helps.

This point to point marathon is almost as legendary as the man. In Melrose we run by the monument to Clarence Demar on our winter running route and on many Sunday Long runs as well. Many runners in my club 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 a  Runner’s Choice Award recipient from!

Registration was: $90 for the full and $60 for the Half. Frees increase by $10 on August 16th and another $10 on September 13th through race day registration. The field is limited to 600 runners for each race.


Fly to Pie Kingdom Marathon, Half and 10K

Newport, VT | 3 October | Sunday | 9:00 AM

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.

2020 Registration is open:

Marathon Distance and 17 Miles: $75

Half Marathon is $60 and the 10K is $25.

Registration is limited to 50 runners each for the marathon and 17 mile Iconoclast. The half marathon and 10K are limited to 75 runners each.

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.


28th New Hampshire Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10K

Bristol, NH | 3 October | Saturday | 9:00 AM  – CANCELLED

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This event features a Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K, and Kid’s Marathon. Truly something for everyone.

This is a hilly race with less than 200 finishers in each of the past four years and less than 10% of marathoners BQ.

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 is a Runner’s Choice Award recipient from!

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! NH Marathon course video

Registration was $70 for the marathon, $55 for the half and $30 for the 10K.  

On July 17th the race directors decided to cancel the 2020 race due to restrictions that were put in place to combat COVID 19.


NipMuck Trail Marathon and Relay

Ashford, CT | 4 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM

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!


87 runners finisher the race in 2019.

Registration is open! 

$35 for the marathon and $60 for the marathon relay. On August 1st the marathon goes to $40 and the marathon relay to $70.

Maine Marathon Half-Marathon and Relay

Portland, Maine | 4 October | Sunday | 7:45 AM – This race has gone virtual

Please see the race web site for details.

Registration for the virtual races is open.  All distances will be $30.

If you have already registered, you can request a refund for the difference between the cost of the virtual race and what you paid.  The marathon was $90 and the half was $65. The Marathon Relay was $140. 

Maine Marathon, New England Fall Marathon, portland marathonBoth races are USATF Certified and the marathon is a Boston Qualifier.

The marathon has some nice prize money!

All three races are on an out and back course with rolling hills and views of the Portland skyline, the Atlantic Ocean, and plenty of fall foliage.

All participants are together for the first 6.5 miles before the half marathon breaks off and returns to Portland. The marathon and relay continue along Route 88 to Yarmouth before the return trip to Portland.

This is a Maine Track Club event and approximately 40% of gross revenue is donated to charities each year. Maine Marathon course video


Joe English Twilight Challenge

Amherst, NH |  TBD October | Saturday   

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.

joe-english-challenge, ultra marathonRegistration for 2020 is not open

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.

This race is USATF Sanctioned. 


Hartford Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K

Hartford, CT | 8-11 October | Saturday | 8:00 AM – VIRTUAL

Registration is open! The virtual Marathon, Half, 10K and 5K are all $25.  

The three multi-race challenges are $35.

The 2020 Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon will take place from October 8 through 11 as a virtual event and include a new 10K race distance, the 5K race and three new multi-distance race challenges to engage widespread participation.


hartford marathon, new england fall marathons2020 marks the 27th 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.


Amica Newport Marathon & Half

Newport, RI |  11 October | Sunday | 7:30 AM 

Registration is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Race management is monitoring the situation and will take a decision soon. 

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Race along the ocean and help support six local charities.

The Amica Newport Marathon was voted as the “Best Marathon in Rhode Island” and a “Top 20 Half Marathon in the USA” in 2018. In 2016 the race was voted as the “Best Half Marathon” and “Best Race Swag” in the Northeast.

Registration for 2020 is suspended:  Marathon $97, Half Marathon $77. Second price increase is July 31, 2020– TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED  –

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.


Green Mountain Marathon & Half

South Hero, VT  | 18 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).

Infinite Pasta-bilities Dinner is Saturday night  at Folsom School, 4 – 7PM.

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.

Registration for 2020 is open!

Field is limited to 750 runners.

CircumBurke Trail Challenge

East Burke, VT | 18 October | Sunday | 8:02 AM 

Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge,East Burke, VT

Circumbruke Trail Challenge, fall new england marathons, vermont marathonThe 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 open and is $75.

Late (onsite) registration is $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


Mohawk Mountain Races

Cornwall, CT |  11 October | Saturday | 8:00 AM 

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 open! Fees are: $80 for the 8 hour event, $120 for the 2-person 8 hour relay, $45 for the 10K and $35 for the 5K.

While this isn’t a marathon, it is a fall running event, and we don’t have many to pick from this year.

Trapp Lodge Mountain Marathon

Stowe, VT |  17 October | Saturday | 8:00 AM

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.

Registration is open! Full Marathon is $90 and the Half is $75. 


Mount Desert Marathon, Half and Relay

Bar Harbor, ME |  18 October | Sunday |  8:00 AM – Marathon and Marathon Relay,
Half begins at 8:30 in Northeast Harbor

Registration for 2020 was suspended on July 10th

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 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. 

Registration has been suspended $105 for the Marathon, $90 for the Half, Two-person relay is $95, three-person relay is $85. 

PAST RESULTS – All races

Baystate Marathon & Half Marathon – Virtual

Lowell, MA |  18 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM 

Baystate Marathon and and Half Marathon 2020 will be a virtual event. Registration is $30 for the marathon, half and 5K races.

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 Baystate Marathon course video 


Ocean State Rhode Races

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


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

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

Registration is open –   $95 for the Marathon, $65 for the Half and $30 for the 5K. Next price increase is August 31st.

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

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 


Cape Cod Marathon and Half Marathon

24 October | Saturday – 8:00 AM – Half Marathon
25 October | Sunday – 8:00 AM – Marathon and Marathon Relay

Falmouth, MA

As of August 1st, registration is still open and the race is scheduled to take place. Modifications for safety have been made and additional steps may be taken.

GREEN RACE – see what they are doing

cape cod marathon, new england fall marathons, Massachusetts marathonThe marathon course was changed in 2019 to a flatter, faster, safer and more scenic course. In 2019 The Cape Cod Marathon was the USATF – New England Marathon Championship race in their 2019 Grand Prix Race Series

Marathon registration is open.  $90 through June 30th. The field is limited to 1,000 runners.

Marathon relay registration is: $225 for 2 to 5 person teams. The field is limited to 200 teams.

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

If you want to run with the big dogs, this is the marathon for you!


Cape Cod Half Marathon

24 October | Saturday | 8:00 AM

The Cape Cod Marathon Half race course is a fast and scenic route that hugs the Falmouth coastline of Nantucket Sound. Designed to maximize runners’ view of Martha’s Vineyard and the beautiful waters of Nantucket Sound this out and back course is limited to one hill.   But don’t be alarmed this one hill occurs at miles 3.5 and 9.75 and is over before you know it.

Registration is open. $75 through June 30th or when the 1,750 runner limit is met. No Race-Day registration.


Clam Chowdah Challenge

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Why not make a weekend on The Cape out of it and run both the Half Marathon on Saturday and the Marathon on Sunday?

For $185, 100 lucky runners will get to face the ultimate challenge and go for the Clam Chowdah Challenge mug. There is no race day registration for this event.

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

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

As runners it is up to us to make these efforts work. Don’t throw your trash in the recycle or compost bins. Think before you toss!

LOCO Half and Full Marathon

Newmarket, NH | 25 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM

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The 7th 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!

Registration is open $89 for the marathon and $69 for the half marathon. 


Nor’Witch Halloween 25K, 50K and 100K

Norwich, VT | 31 October | Sunday | 9:00 AM

Challenging in true Vermont tradition, expect elevation gains between 1400′ and 3550′ !

The course is not, repeat, NOT certified! Being hilly, you can also expect to run between 30-45 minutes slower than your average flat marathon time making a BQ pretty unlikely for many if not most.

The Half’witch time limit of 6-hours and gentle downhill final portion of the course are a great combination for walkers, even with all those 1,400 feet of hills thrown in! You’ll feel like Superman or Wonder Woman at the finish line!

Registration is open: 100K – $150, 50K – $95, 25K – $60

The Roxbury Marathon and Roxbury Half Marathon

Roxbury, CT |  November 2020 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.

Registration is not open as of August 1st.

Manchester City Marathon, Half, Relays & 5K

Manchester, NH |  8 November | Sunday | 8:45 AM

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

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

manchester marathon, new england fall marathons, new hampshire marathonThe 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 is open – $100 for the Marathon, $85 for the Half, $180 for the 4-way Marathon Relay and $120 for the 2-way Marathon Relay. The 2-way Half Relay is $110. The 5K is $30.

The virtual marathon, half and 5K are all $30. Virtual relay registration is also available.

Next price increase is September 27th.

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 and bag check will be available.

EVENT RESULTS 2019 Manchester City Marathon course video

The Millinocket Marathon & Half

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Millinocket, ME |  5 December |  Saturday

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

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!

2020 registration is open!

Looking for a Winter 2019 marathon? Click HERE.

Run well my friends!


Cambridge 5K Race Directory 2020

Cambridge 5K Race Directory

Here is the the 2020 Cambridge 5K race directory for 2020.

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

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

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

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

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Super Sunday 5-Miler and 5K

2 February 2020 – 10AM  – Sunday

Kendall Square

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

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

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

Proceeds benefit the RACE Cancer Foundation.

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

2019 Race Recap

2020 Race Recap

Cambridge Spring Classic 5K

3 May | 9:30 AM | Sunday – Postponed due to COVID-19

Cambridge Spring Classic 5KThis race take place off of Mass Ave on Sidney Street. This is a large race with a great post race party. Public transportation is a good idea, keys and kids are optional.

I’ve run this race several times and it is always a good time. It’s great to see the fast runners and hang out with friends, old and new, at the apre race party.

This is a flat course and over a mile of the race is run down Mass Ave. Total elevation gain for this Cambridge 5K is 30 feet.

Get 19 of your friends to form a team and get a VIP tent complete with cold beer. The tent comes with a table and they are close to the music and pouring stations. Plus they make a great place to stow your gear and hang out with your friends.

Registration was $35

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

1853 runners finished this race in 2019. FULL RESULTS

Cambridge City Run 5K and Andrea Harvey Walk

14 June | 9:00 AM  | Sunday Postponed due to COVID-19

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

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

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

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

399 runners finished this race in 2019.

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

2019 Results

Bionic 5K

26 April 2020  | 9:30 AM 

Virtual Race Details

Bionic 5K, Cambridge 5KThe Bionic5K celebrates hope over despair, diversity over uniformity, possibilities over disabilities.

Join us for this virtual 5K race anywhere you like to run or walk.  The Bionic5K recognizes the resilience and tenacity of disabled athletes while celebrating advances in science and technology that are ushering in a new bionic age.

Whether you are running with a prosthetic, an artificial hip, an upgraded knee, an Apple Watch or a fitbit, join us. All are welcome: disabled runners, able-bodied runners, walkers, scientists, technologists, students, teachers, kids and parents. 

All proceeds will benefit the Bionic Project Inc, a non-profit whose mission is to help advance new prosthetic technologies and to broaden the access to resources that promote active lifestyles and athletics for those who must overcome physical challenges.

2020 registration was: $40 for adults and $25 for 21 and under.

Race Photos  2019 Results  

Under a Blood Red Cambridge Sky 5K

TBD 2020 | 7:00 PM Thursday – Probably cancelled

Under A Blood Red Cambridge Sky 5K

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

Race begins at American Legion Marsh Post #442,
5 Greenough Blvd, Cambridge, MA

My First 5K medal, runners medalA finisher’s medal is not offered at this race.

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!

Registration was $32.00

2019 Under a Blood Run Sky Results

Freedom Run 5K

7 June 2020 | 9:30 AM | Sunday

Freedom Run 5K at CambridgesideThis 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 is $40.   Registration is still open

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.


The Hee Haw Country & Western 5K

TBD 2020 | 7:00 PM – Possibly Cancelled

Part of the Let’s Run Summer Series, The Hee Haw Country & Western 5K brings a bit of Country and Western to Cambridge, MA!

The race will be followed by a live band as well as a BBQ with fruit, salad, veggies, grilled chicken and UFO Wheat Beer refreshments at the American Legion Marsh Post #442. 5 Greenough Blvd, Cambridge, MA.

Registration was $32.

394 runners finished this race in 2019 – full results.

Cambridge Summer Classic 5K

9 July 2020  – 6:30 PM Thursday

64 Sydney Street

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

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

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

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

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

These races are all children and car-key optional.

1770 runners finished this race in 2018

Registration is $39 through June 16th.

Jerry Garcia Memorial River Run 5K

TBD 2020 | 7:30 PM | Thursday

Race begins at American Legion Marsh Post #442
5 Greenough Blvd, Cambridge, MA

This is a fun mid-week race if you work in Boston or Cambridge. A great party with food, beer and band after the race along The Charles River.

485 runners finished this race in 2019. 2019 Race Results

Registration was $32.

Jerry Garcia Memorial Run, Cambridge 5K road race, Cambridge summer race

A finisher’s medal is not offered at this race.

Finishers medal, 5k runnerIf your company team has first time 5K runners have a special awards ceremony after the race.  They will be excited to receive a medal and everyone will have a great time!


ALS Race 4 Research 5K

April 24-25 | Virtual | Sunday

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!


TBD 2020 | 7:00 PM | Thursday

The race will be followed by The Rebels, performing LIVE at the Post Race Party! There will also be a BBQ with fruit, salad, veggies, grilled chicken and refreshments at the American Legion Marsh Post #442.

438 runners finished this race in 2019.

Registration was $32.00.

These races feature lives bands, food and cold beer. But no finishers medals. If you Are going with a friend who is running their first 5K, surprise them at the finish with a special medal!


Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out 5K

TBD 2020 | 6:30 PM | Thursday

Get Yer Ya Ya’s 5K is the fifth of five races in the “Let’s Run, Have Some Fun & Be Fit Series”. These races take place on Thursday nights and are a great way to get together with friends after work.

Race begins at American Legion Marsh Post #442,
5 Greenough Blvd, Cambridge, MA

Registration was $32

Cambridge 5K race, BA Events

My First 5K medal, runners medalA finisher’s medal is not offered at this race.

Surprise your first time runner with a medal at the finish line!

If your company team has first time 5K runners make it a special night for them with a 5K medal!

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


Cambridge Fall Classic 5K

20 September | 9:30 AM | Sunday

64 Sydney Street

Cambridge Fall Classic, 5k race, running shoesBrought 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 $30 through June 9th.

Paddy’s Virtual Cambridge Classic 5K

3-5 July 2020 | Virtual 

What a way to celebrate 85 years in business! Paddy’s had to close on March 16th for the first time ever due to COVID-19.

But you can still run the Paddy’s Classic 5K.

The virtual race can take place anywhere you like and at any time on July 3, 4 or 5.

Registration is open and is $35.

Cambridge Friends School 5K

TBD 2020 | 9:30 AM | Sunday

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

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

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

Cambridge Monster Dash 5K

27 October 2019 9:00 AM – Sunday

89 Pacific Street

Registration is not open yet

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

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

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

876 runners finished this race in 2018. FULL RESULTS

Cambridge Half Marathon

1 November 2020 – 7:00AM

100 Cambridgeside Place

I know, this is a 5K directory, so why am I listing a half marathon? Because I love half marathons and I want all of you to show up. We almost lost this race.

The Cambridge Half debuted in 2016 and had a second running in 2017. The race was cancelled due to permitting issues in 2018.

The Cambridge Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile USATF certified course* that starts & finishes at CambridgeSide. It is a fast & flat course through Cambridge featuring: MIT, Riverbend Park, John W. Weeks Footbridge, Harvard Stadium, Charles River and Harvard Square. With so much eye candy, the 13.1 miles will fly by – both literally and figuratively.

Registration is $85 through July 31st

Winter Classic 5K

6 December 2020 9:30 AM – Sunday

64 Sydney Street

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

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

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

Registration is $30.00 through August 11th.


This race does not provide a finisher’s medal.

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

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

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

Yulefest 5K

13 December 2020 9:30AM – Sunday

Harvard Square

The last Cambridge 5K of the year. 10 days before Christmas, this race 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!


Registration is not open yet.

About Cambridge 5K Races

Several Cambridge 5K races have come and gone. We are lucky to have The Cambridge Half back again this year.

COVID-19 has postponed some races and delayed the opening of registration for others. I will keep this directory updated, so check back often for for news.

I’ve run several of these races and had a great time.

As runners we need to be good guests and respectful of the people who live in the neighborhoods that we run through.

When only one side of a road is open to runners, we need to let traffic use the other side of the road.

We are guests and we are inconveniencing people so we can have our fun. We also have to keep in mind that most people think we are crazy to be out running in the first place.

I don’t know what the answer is, but there has to be a way to co-exist with the city while we have our fun. If you have ideas on where races could be staged or how we could be less of a nuisance to the citizens of Cambridge, please reply to this blog with your ideas.

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Run well my Friends, and see you in Cambridge!


New England Marathons Winter 2020

Fortunately the New England winter Marathons and Ultras were run before COVID-19 derailed everyone’s running season.

In a few months I start making updates for Winter ’21.

Stay healthy and hopefully I’ll see you at a race soon.

Winter isn’t the most popular season for marathon running and Winter New England Marathons are few and far between!

It’s hard enough to train in winter conditions let alone trying to run a marathon!

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 2019 officially begins on Saturday, December 21st at 11:19 PM 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.

After the Winter Solstice each day grows longer until the Summer Solstice, the day with the most sun light.

After the Winter Solstice, the northern hemisphere continues to cool for the next two months. That is why February has some of the coldest days of the year. We also tend to get our greatest snowfall in February.

All of this makes running or racing a character building experience!

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

New England Marathons Winter

15th Annual Roxbury Marathon

TBD November 2020 | 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 $40 or $35 for the Half.

Race day registration is $50 for either race.

In 2017 there were only 57 finishers. This race is not for the casual runner.

Here is a report on the 2017 race.

Registration opens July 15th

Millinocket Marathon and Half 2020

5 December | 10 AM | Saturday

33 Penobscot Ave Millinocket, Maine

In 2018 184 runners crossed the Marathon line and 1120 finished the Half!

213 runners from across the country ran the Marathon in 2017. Maine runners took the top three finishes. 942 runners completed the Half.

In 2015, six runners ran the marathon and 42 finished 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.

Registration is open

Arena Attack Race Series Indoor New England Marathons

Imagine running in a proper distance race, in the middle of a typical New England winter, but you can dress like its September. Awesome, right? We thought so too… so we made it reality. Introducing the Arena Attack Indoor Road Race Series! Utilizing the wide concourses found in indoor arenas, we run distance races ranging from 5k to the marathon.

This was a series of the running events, each consisting of a marathon, half and 5K. For 2020 it looks like they are only having the Hartford event.

Here are some of the things that you can look forward to at your Arena Attack Race:

NEW FOR 2020! All marathon & half marathon finishers receive awesome Arena Attack shirts!
Finisher medals made from stainless steel, made by a CT-based explosion proofing company.
Race distances include marathon, half marathon, & 5k.
We control the climate, so we can make sure the conditions are optimal.
Perfectly flat course!
Absolutely spectator-friendly! You’ll see your runner on each lap.
Water stations and real bathrooms are never more than a half-lap away!
We digitally track your laps and project your lap count clearly in your line of sight.
On-course music keeps the runners and spectators entertained all day.

XL Center Hartford, CT 

25 January 2020 |9 AM | Saturday

Runners will complete 130 laps on the course with a 5 hour time limit. The marathon has a waiting list as of 2 December. Registration is $90.00 if a spot opens

Mullins Center Amherst, MA

20 January 2020 | 8 AM 

Marathon runners will complete 133 laps on the course within 5 hours. Registration is $80.00. There is also a half-marathon and a 5K option. 

Boston Prep 16 Miler and 5 Miler

26 January 2020 – 10:00 AM – Sunday

West Running Brook Middle School – Derry, NH

Derry 16 miler, winter running

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 25th 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 through January 13th, then $70 and $75 on race day. a 5-Miler option is available for $30.00

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

Here is my 2015 race recap.

2019 Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & Marathon Team Relay 

23 February 2020 10:00 AM – Sunday 

Hyannis, MA

New England Marathons Winter, Hyannis MarathonRegistration was: Marathon registration is $65 through January 15th, Half is $57 and the 10K is $50. The Marathon relay is $115 per team.

The marathon has a registration limit of 400 runners, so 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

29 February 2020 – 8:00 AM – Saturday

Pittsfield, VT

This is a snow shoe event where you can run a 100 miler, a Marathon, Half Marathon or a 10K. The 100 miler begins at 6AM on February 22nd and the Marathon begins at 8AM, Half at 9AM and the 10K at 10AM all on February 23rd.

Snow shoes are required and this is another race 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 was $225 for the 100 Miler, $95 for the Marathon, $75 for the Half and $65 for the 10K.

New England Mararthons Winter

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

TBD March, 2020 – 8:00 AM – Saturday – may have been 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 2020 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 2020. It looks like this race will not be held in 2020. If you hear differently, please contact me.

The Hampton Half 

7 March | 10:00 AM | Sunday

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. It’s a great way to polish off winter.

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!

Winter officially ends on March 20th, 2019 so this is the end of my list.

If you are a race director and I have missed your race please contact me at: 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!


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 (, 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!