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!

Run for All Ages 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All of our friends over 80 can register for free!

Run for All Ages Registration HERE

Run for All Ages 5K Sponsorship

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

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

It truly is a Run for All Ages.

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

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

Proceeds benefit the Wakefield Education Collaborative.

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

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

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

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

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

See you at the race!


2018 Melrose Running Club Racing Series August Update

Melrose Running Club Racing Series

The 2018 Melrose Running Club Racing Series continues as summer fades into fall. Several club members are still in the running for a jacket while most of us run the races for fun with fellow club members.

2018 Racing Series Standings

Mother's day, mothers dayWith nine races completed, Thuy Dang is the only runner to have completed all nine! Thuy only needs to run three more races to qualify for the Club Jacket.

Thuy is training for The New York City Marathon and has run a total of 223 racing miles so far this year. This includes the infamous 2018 Boston Marathon and The Providence Marathon less than a month after Boston! She’s also run five half marathons in 2018 and has probably run around 1,000 training miles!

Mary O’Connell has run eight races in the series so far and will qualify for a jacket if she runs the rest of the races.

Mary is also training for The New York City Marathon and has 130.5 racing miles this year including The Boston Marathon and four half marathons.

Steph Lawson has run seven races in the series so far. Many others have run six or fewer races. Unfortunately none of us can qualify for the top prize. We’re racing for the fun of it and possibly a PR, Age Group place or even an over all top three place in these races.

2018 Racing Series Schedule

We have four more races on the schedule for the 2018 Racing Series.

BCBS Island Run 5K and 5 Miler – Saturday, September 22nd.

Here are the details you gotta have:

Bib Pick-up & Boat Boarding:

Seaport World Trade Center Terminal, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210

7:30am to 8:45am
No paperwork required – please bring identification

Boat Departure/Return Time:

Departure from Boston – 9:00am
Return to Boston – 12:30pm

Race Start for 5M and 5K:

5M – 10:00am   MAP
5K – 10:25am   MAP

Registration is $50 and includes the following:

– Boat ride to and from Spectacle Island
– Race entry for the 5M or 5K runs
– Catered lunch from Boloco and beverages from Mayflower Brewing

This race is a little bit different from all of our other races and that’s what makes it such a special race. We’ve all run 5Ks and 5 Mile races before, but have you been to a harbor island? Any of them? I haven’t.

Be sure to join team “Melrose Running Club.”

Stride for Healthy Communities 5k Walk and Run – Saturday, September 29th

The Melrose Running Club is a community sponsor of this race and we are looking for volunteers.

Hallmark Health Stride for Healthy CommunitiesThe Details:

Lake Quannapowitt, 1 Church Street, Wakefield, MA

Race Day registration opens at 8:00 AM
The race starts at 9:00 AM

Registration is $25, $30 Day-Of and $15 for kids 12 and under. Kids 12 and under will receive a finisher’s medal!

Tech t-shirt to the first 250 runners/walkers to register.

Awards for 1st over all male/female and three deep for ages groups starting with 19 and under. Ceremony begins at 9:30.

Refreshments provided by The Remedy Exchange.

Music, giveaways and fun for the whole family!

9th annual Melrose Family YMCA Spooky Sprint – Saturday October 27th

The Details:

spooky sprint 5k, kids race, melrose 5K raceMelrose Family YMCA – 497 Main St. Melrose, MA

Race Day Registration: 7:00am – 8:15am
Race starts at 8:30 AM

Registration is $25 for adults ($30 Day-of) and $12 for kids 17 and under.

All proceeds benefit the Melrose Family YMCA’s Annual Fund which ensures no one in the community is turned away for inability to pay.

2018 Howling Wolf Half Marathon & 6K – Sunday, October 28th

Originally this was our November race, but the date was moved to October 28th. As such we will not have a November race.

The Details:

Howling Wolf Half 2018, Stone Zoo, Stoneham HalfStone Zoo in Stoneham, MA

Number pick-up opens at 6:45am.
Half Marathon starts at 8:00am.
6K Road & Trail Run starts at 8:20am.
Party starts at 9:30am.
Awards ceremony at 10:30am.

Registration is now $80 which is still a good deal for a half marathon. On top of that you don’t have to travel and the after party is kickin.

As of September 10th the good ‘ole MRC was the second place team with five members. The Cambridge Running Club was in first place with seven runners.

This half marathon is in our back yard. Not only do we know and love this course, this is a race we need to support as The local running club. We should have 50 runners at this race. Come on people!

Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run 5K – Sunday, December 16th

The last race of our 2018 Melrose Racing Series! It can be cold in December, but somehow this race always has great day.

The Details:

Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run 5K, SomervilleDavis Square – Somverville, MA

Race starts at 11:00 AM

Race Day bib pick-up and registration runs 8:30 to 10:30 at:

Somerville Senior Center
167 Holland Street – Somerville

Registration is $37

The after party for this race is always amazing. 15 Somerville pubs and bars participate with complimentary Harpoon beer for all runners with a bib.

There is NO BAG DROP for this race. Please come self-contained and leave stuff in your car. You really just need your ID and some cash for your servers.

Toys for Local Children, Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run

Run well my Friends and let’s go run some races!


Promoting A Race?

Are you promoting a race?

I get emails every day promoting races of all distances from all over the place. Some of them are very slick and corporate looking. Nothing wrong with that. But these sharp folks don’t seem to understand how runners decide which races to run.

Like most of you I get a deluge of email every day. I have six email accounts and they all get all kinds of email. Most of it is of no interest to me.

As you can imagine I get overloaded after looking through one or two of my email accounts. Before long, I’m slashing and burning emails like I’m hacking my way through a junk mail jungle.

It get’s to the point where I read the subject line and maybe some text just before I hit delete. It’s amazing how quickly you can get through hundreds of emails with only a cursory look.

I trust that I am not alone bushwhacking my way through the jungle of junk email. And I know that any email marketer worth their salt knows all of us have had it with poorly written junk.

That is why I am constantly amazed to get emails about races with the location, date and time buried in the text or not even in the email. You want me to click a link to find out when your race is? I’m more likely to hit “delete” and be off to the next ill conceived interruption of my day.

So when I get a well constructed email I like to take note. It’s like a breath of fresh air. Someone actually took the time to think how I or any runner would receive their plea to register for their race.

Today I received an email for The Wilmington Half Marathon & 5K.

I did a snippy-clippy from their email to show you how it should be done.

The subject like tells me exactly what race this is and when. I can make a quick decision just with that info. Beautiful!  Do I want to drive to Wilmington and am I free on September 23rd. Pretty easy to figure out.

I did have to click to down load their graphic but that’s pretty standard these days. With a quick roll of the mouse button I know the time and location of the race.

I’m also enticed to “Register Early” as there may be a discount but only if I click through. A very nice and subtle call to action! To further pique my interest at the bottom they say the first 500 runners get a draw string bag.

Now who doesn’t have a closet full of these bags and who doesn’t always want more free stuff?

I with I could write succinct emails and even blog posts.

Wilmington Half Mararthon





















One of the great things about the Wilmington Half Marathon is that they’ve done this 13 times already. They made all of the classic mistakes years ago. They know what they are doing.

You can be reasonably assured that the race will be well managed and that they will keep an eye on traffic for you.

Wilmington has kept this a budget race over the years, I know a lot of people like the pomp and circumstance of a big production race, but all half marathons are the same distance no matter how flashy they are.

Wilmington will cost you $35 for The Half and $25 for the 5K. Add $5 for race day registrations. Students 18 and under pay $15.00. There are few bargains still available and this is one of them.

Their email tells you they are well organized and know their business. I’ve run this race before and can tell you that if you enjoy a low key, low budget event then you’re going like like this half.

Check them out. If you can make it I’m sure you’ll enjoy this race.

And if you write promotional materials and emails, don’t get lost in the weeds. Just the facts will do.

Run well my Friends,