Melrose is a very active town. There is a YMCA, Melrose Boot Camp and a large and active running club, the Melrose Running Club. Whenever I drive through town I see runners everywhere.
If you are promoting a race that I do not have listed here, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 2019 I added two races but three have been cancelled. One of the three may return and I hear that a different organization may take over the EMARC race during The Victorian Fair.
Are you planning a new Melrose 5K. I’d be happy to provide any advice and support that I can.
Melrose 5K Race Directory
14 April 2019 – 9:00 AM – Sunday
Proceeds support families impacted by TTTS. All proceeds are going directly to the Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome Foundation.
Registration was $25 and $35 day-of.
2020 will be the 23rd anniversary of this Melrose Mother’s Day tradition. Produced by the Melrose Running Club this 3.5 mile women only road race draws around 1,000 runners each year.
All proceeds benefit Melrose Alliance Against Violence (MAAV). Since 1998 over $170,000 has been donated.
Awards are given to the top finishers, the first mother and grandmother to finish, and best mother/daughter team finishers. Awards are also given to top age group finishers.
Each runner receives a carnation as they cross the finish line.
This race event features children’s races for the following age groups:
4 and under – 50-100 meter dash on grass (weather permitting)
5-7 – 100 meter dash on grass (weather permitting)
8-10 – 1 loop around track ¼ mile run
(Younger children can choose to run the ¼ mile)
Registration was $28.00 through May 8th. Day-of registration is $35.00.
16 June 2019 9:30 AM – Sunday
2020 will be the 7th running of this Melrose 5K race which raises money for the Melrose Firefighters Relief Association.
The fun starts with a free kids race where everyone wins! Music, snacks, and fire trucks will abound. Sign up for the kids race is on race day and is FREE of charge.
T-shirts to the first 300 5K registrants.
Registration was $25 or $30 for day-of registration.
11 August 2019 9:00 AM
This race takes place at Pine Banks Park in Melrose. 2019 was the 4th running of the Mary O’Donnell 5K to benefit The Angel Fund.
Registration was $30.
8 September 2019 – 10:00 AM CANCELLED
Sponsored by Marathon Sports, 2019 will be the 25th running of this race.
East Middlesex Arc (EMARC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization which supports adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families. Founded in 1954, they annually serve over 1000 people from over 30 different communities. Programs include: Recreation, Residential, Family Support, Adult Family Care, Life Choices, Employment services and many more.
September TBD, 2019 9:00 AM – Sunday
Melrose Common, Corner of 6th street and 1st street, Melrose, MA.
No listing for the 2019 race. This looks like another cancelled race.
The Elizabeth Rose Run/Walk to END Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s supports
research, awareness and advocating for the needs of individuals with these
All proceeds will support both of these organizations as well as the
Hoyt foundation. A community Race Chair will be purchased from the Hoyt
Foundation and donated for use by families, so that they can participate in local
October TBD, 2019 10:00 AM – Sunday CANCELLED
The Victoria McLaughlin Foundation is hosting an Octoberfest 5k road race to benefit the Melrose Public Schools. In addition to the race there will be an after party beginning at 11 am at the Knight of Columbus Hall.
This race may return in 2020.
26 October 2019 8:30 AM – Saturday
2019 is the 10th year for the Spooky Sprint
All proceeds benefit the Melrose Family YMCA’s Growing Stronger Together scholarship fund which ensures no one in the community is turned away for inability to pay.
In 2015 the YMCA of Metro North provided more than one million dollars in financial aid providing all children, adults and families with opportunities to develop a healthy spirit, mind and body regardless of income.
Registration is open and in $30 for adults and $20 for 18 and under.
December TBD, 2019 – Noon
This race has become an early winter tradition for cross-country runners from the GBA and beyond. The race is run on the Mt. Hood golf course and the route is slightly different year-to-year depending on conditions.
The race organizers seek to make the course more challenging each year. So come prepared to climb hills!
This Melrose Running Club production features awards, refreshments, Huge Post Race Party and a Commemorative Pint Glass to the first 250 Applicants.
Melrose 5K Race Directory Updates
Please let me know if I missed a race or if your group is starting a race for next year. I will be more than happy to add your race or make any corrections to the races listed.
Run well my Friends!