Somerville 5K Race Directory
Most Somerville 5K races take place in Davis Square. This location is right on the Red Line and plenty of parking is available if you know where to look.
Getting to and parking in Davis Square can be quite easy with a little planning, but give your self some extra time just in case.
A few races take place in East Somerville at Assembly or along The Mystic River.
Race sizes range from a few hundred to a few thousand runners. Some are party events geared towards a younger crowd, and some are family oriented and great to bring your kids to.
The list of Somerville 5K races seems to change yearly. Some races are cancelled or postponed and occasionally a new race appears on the scene.
As such, be sure to check back for race updates. If you are managing a race that is not on this list, send your information to – email@example.com.
10 March 2019 11:00 AM – Sunday
In 2018 this race had 1,340 finishers. Based in Davis Square the Rás na hÉireann in one of Somerville’s largest 5K races.
This race draws some of the best 5K runners in New England. In 2018 the top four runners ran a 5:00 or less pace! 37 runners ran a 6:00 or less pace.
Many hundreds more ran your pace. So don’t be intimidated.
Mark Kenneally of Dublin, Ireland, set the course record of 14:19 in 2006. Molly Huddle, of Providence, Rhode Island, set the women’s course record of 15:59 in 2010.
So if you want to compete with some of the best 5K runners around or just go for a fun run with your friends, this mid-March race is for you.
With a strong St. Patty’s and Irish theme, this race attracts a young crowd and is always a great time. I do see a few kids in strollers, but this is generally not a family focused event.
12 May 2019 10:00 AM – Sunday – Mother’s Day
The Mary O’Brien Memorial Run 5K is based out of the George Dilboy VFW Post 259 at 371 Summer Street, just down the street from Davis Square.
Proceeds from this Somerville 5K benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Over 16 years they have raised over $220,000.
This Mother’s Day race had 471 runners and 94 walkers in 2018. This is a much smaller race than most Davis Square races and is a good choice to bring the kids for the 0.1 mile Kids Fun Run or full 5K.
The first 300 runners to register get a commemorative tank top. The post race party features Redbone’s BBQ and Harpoon!
18 May 2019 5K at 9:00 AM – Saturday
2018 will be the 22nd year for this 5K and canoe event. In 2017 229 people finished the 5K with Paul Cina of Medford winning with a 18:15 finish time. Jenn McKechnie was the top female 5K finisher with a time of 20:49.
The event also features three paddle races of 3, 9 and 12 mile distances. Paddlers can use a canoe or kayak type of their choice. The paddles races had a combined 65 finishers.
22 individuals ran the 5K and paddled either a 3, 6 or 9 mile race! David Barlow took 2:33:44 to paddles 12 miles and run the 5K to be the top combined finisher!
The race is a fundraiser for the Mystic River Watershed Association.
I could not find the location for this race on the web site, so check back for details. This is a nice small race and would probably be a good race for the kids.
19 May 2019 10:00 AM
This 5K race is a fundraiser for the MSPCA and Angell Memorial. 2017 was the second year for this Somerville 5K, and they raised over $205,000. They had approximately 1,500 runners and walkers and 750 dogs!
The race is held at the DCR Baxter Park at Assembly Row, 100 Foley Street. In addition to the 5K race there is a Kids “Duck Dash” and a 1 mile walk.
This is a fundraiser and fundraiser is encouraged. Tools to help you are provided.
June TBD, 2019 10:00 AM
This race starts at the Blessing of the Bay Boat House, Shore Drive, Somerville, MA. There is a kid’s Fun Run at 9:30 and then the 5K starts at 10:00 AM.
Registration is $30 for 13+ and $15 for 12 and under. The half mile Kid’s Fun Run is FREE!
‘Just One Run’ race day t-shirts are guaranteed to the first 200 registered and all kids registered under 12 years of age. The event also includes a free ½ mile Kids Fun Run, post-race refreshments, music, family activities and informational stations provided by local resources.
Parking is limited.
August TBD, 2019 11:00 AM
Returning in 2019.
This BA Events production starts in Union Square. This race usually has around 500 finishers and in 2016 had 623 finishers. All runners receive a t-shirt and colorful finisher’s medal. I’ve never run this race, but a quick review of the finishers shows mostly adults at this event.
So many races in Davis Square have thousands of runners. If you’d like to run a Davis Square event but don’t like the crowds, this may be for you. I did see a few younger runners in the results, so you could bring your teens with you to run their first 5K in a fun environment.
August TBD, 2019 9:00 AM
This is a Somerville Road Runners production at Assembly Row. In addition to the 5K, there is a “Fast Mile” race that requires all runners to finish the race in 10 minutes or less.
For kids 9 and under there is a Kid’s 1/8th mile Fun Run and all participants will receive a medal.
The wheelchair 5K begins at 9:25 and the 5K begins at 9:30.
Registration for the 5K is $32 through July 31 then $37 and $40 day of. Fast Mile is $20 or $25 day of.
Add the Fast Mile to your 5K registration for just $5.00! Day-of registration for the combo is $50.00.
This event, which began in 2013, has raised almost $15,000 for the East Somerville Main Streets organization.
October TBD, 2019 9:00 AM Saturday
2018 will be the 23rd year for this 5K! The race starts on the bike path near the Red Line station and is, of course, in Davis Square. MAP.
Registration is open!
Registration is $30 before September 12th, then $35.00. Raise $150 and your registration is FREE. Raise $300, get FREE registration and a runner’s cap! They will even help you set up a fundraising page.
The organizers recommend taking the T to Davis to avoid parking headaches. There is a fantastic brunch served after this race, which alone is worth the price of admission!
I ran this race three or four years ago and recall that it was around 1,000 runners and certainly not 3,000. I would recommend this race for the kids.
November TBD, 2019 – Sunday
Supporting the Team Chase 5k run/walk for Autism supports research, awareness and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism. All proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks & Somerville Special Ed.
At Casey’s, 173 Broadway, Somerville
I just heard from the race director (7/17) that the date has been approved the DCR. Look for an email in your in-box soon.
December 16th, 2018
I’ve run this Davis Square 5K several times. It’s always brisk but not bone crushing cold yet. If you like big races, this one is for you!
In 2017 over 2700 runners finished this race, many in costume!
Bring an un-wrapped gift for Toys for Tots.
Jack’s Abbey sponsors the post race party at 18 Somerville bars. This is definitely a party race, so leave the kids and keys at home! The Red Line station is right around the corner, so why risk it.
Enjoy a fun race with friends, get into the holiday spirit and let someone else do the driving.
Shwag for this race includes a t-shirt and jingle bells.
Registration is open for this race.
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