Malden 5K races have a storied history going back 40 years.
When Dave McGillivray ran from Medford Oregon to Medford, MA in 1978, he finished at the Malden Irish American Club. The club is right across the town line from Medford and was probably the best location for Dave to finish his epic run.
The official story is that he finished at Fenway Park, but I got this story directly from Dave. Maybe he continued to Fenway after stopping in Malden? Dave?
At the time the Mystic Running Club met at the club and Dave became an honorary club member the day he arrived. The Mystics have moved, but their roots are in Malden.
Malden may have as many as 9 5Ks including one of the longest running 5Ks in the area. There used to be no race in Malden over the summer but in July 2018 C5K inaugurated their Malden Road Race 10K.
As of January 7th, none of these races have posted dates or registration information. Please check back for updates and keep your fingers crossed. We keep loosing races.
Malden 5K Races
March TBD, 2019 10K – 9:30 AM, 5K 10:00 AM
Established in 2002, this is the second longest running 5K in Malden and a favorite among local runners. These USATF races routinely attract over 200 runners and have discount registration fees for students, so it’s perfect for your kids.
If you live north of Boston and want to run an early spring race, this one is for you. They have been doing these races for 16 years and have a reputation as a well managed event.
The MEA starting hosting their 5K in 2013. Due to construction, they had to cancel the race for 2016, and it has not been held since.
At this point the race seems to be cancelled. The MEA web site makes no mention of it.
July TBD, 2019 – 9:30 AM
2018 was the first running of this race. I ran the 10K and it was a well organized and fun race. Check back for the 2019 date, you won’t want to miss it!
September TBD, 2019 11:00 AM
This running event is a 5K and a 10K. The Irish American Club has been hosting this race for 37 years and 2019 will be their 41st annual road race.
This is one of the longest running local races in the Greater Malden Area. Many of my older friends have fond memories of races they ran here many years ago.
I’ve run the 10K twice and had a great time. The course is mostly flat with one good hill after the Fellsway crosses Salem Street near the Immaculate Conception Church. The day I ran the 10K was a blazing hot day and many runners struggled. Here is a mapmyrun map with elevation.
The turnout is usually around 250 runners and they throw a great party with live music afterwards.
Proceeds benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Registration is open and is $25 for the 5K or 10K.
September TBD, 2019 – 10:00 AM
Held at Idles Hands Craft Ales at 85 Commercial Street and co-sponsored by the Malden Lions Club. Registration was $40 from August 1st on. Race day registration is $45.
2018 is their 2nd year and featured an Oktoberfest party after the race.
Sunday, September TBD, 2019 – 9:00AM
The race takes place at Forestdale Park, 70 Sylvan Street, Malden Mass. The race is in honor of Donna, who passed away from cancer at a young age.
The proceeds from this event will provide funding for the Donna Froio DeLena Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships to a deserving Malden Band member. Shirts to the first 50 who register, and awards and prizes after the race.
Advance online entry fees are $30.00 plus processing fees, and $35.00 on race day.
September TBD, 2019 9:30 AM
The Eagles will fly for the fourth year in 2018. This race benefits students at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden. In addition to the 5K there will be kids races and children’s activity stations.
Registration is open until September 23, and is $25.00. The field is limited to 500.
October TBD, 2019 1:00 PM
Held at Pine Banks Park in Malden,this event benefits the local non-profit, Bread of Life, which provided about 1,032,000 meals last year to families in need in Malden, Melrose, Everett, Medford, Wakefield, Stoneham, Winchester, Saugus, Reading and North Reading.
Registration is $25.00 for runners and $15.00 for walkers. Fundraising is encouraged. Please see their web site for details.
This is a small race raising money to support needy families. Definitely a good race for you and your children.
October TBD, 2019 10AM
FOOGI, or Friends of Oak Grove, is a community group that supports the Malden neighborhood of Oak Grove. Appropriate for a 5K Haunt Jaunt this 5K goes around two cemeteries. 2018 will be the 13th year for the community, family event. Costumes are encouraged for this child friendly event.
Malden 5K Races
Is your group looking to start a 5K in Malden? The summer schedule is wide open. Pine Banks Park makes a great place to host a race and a good portion of your race could be run in the park.
Time to get planning for the next great Malden 5K road race!
If your organization has a Malden 5K that I missed, please let me know.
Run well my Friends!