Somerville 5K Race Directory 2021

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Mystic Herring Run 2020, Virtual Race

2021 Somerville 5K Race Directory

Updated September 18, 2021

Davis Square is the most popular location for Somerville 5K race events. Assembly Row and the DCR Blessing of the Bay boat house on The Mystic River are also popular locations for 5K races in Somerville.

Somerville 5K races range in size 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 changes yearly. 2020 saw many races cancelled due to COVID-19. Hopefully with the vaccines you will be able to run Somerville 5K race in person in 2021.

Most of these races have not updated their information for 2021 yet, so be sure to check back for updates.

If you are managing a race that is not on this list, send your information to – info@omnirunning.com.

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M.O.M.’s Run 5K

TBD May | 10:00 AM | Sunday – Cancelled

The race was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID restrictions

The Mary O’Brien Memorial Run 5K took place at Baxter Park at Assembly Row Somerville.

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.

Registration was $30 for the 5K and $5 for the kids 0.1 mile run.

Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle

9-16 May | Completed for 2021

Mystic Herring Run 2020, Virtual Race, Somerville 5K race directory, kayak race Registration is closed!

2021 will be the 25th year for this 5K and paddling event and it will be a virtual event this year as well.

For 2021 you can run the 5k course and/or paddle a 9 mile distance.

Complete both races and you are eligible for the “Iron Herring Award”.

They provide course maps for the run and paddle, but since it is virtual I imagine that you can run the 5K anywhere.

2021 registration is only $10 and that is good for both the 5K and 9-mile paddle.

The Mystic is a great river to paddle on as there is very little powerboat traffic.

The race is a fundraiser for the Mystic River Watershed Association.

The paddle event takes place at the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville.

$10 for that much fun and racing is hard to beat!

2020 Results

#VIRTUALHRP

Fast and Furriest Fitness Challenge

Virtual Challenge went through May 31st

dog 5k race, somerville 5k races This 5K will be a Virtual Fitness challenge for 2021.

Registration was $45.

The event is a fundraiser for the MSPCA and Angell Memorial. 2020 was the fifth year for this Somerville 5K and their first virtual race.

Even with the challenges of 2020, they raised over $110,000.

This year the more money you raise the more chances you receive to enter into their drawing for a Peloton bike!

How cool is that?

Official Rules

Race to the Row

August 2022 | 9:00 AM

race to the row 5K, somerville 5K race

This race was cancelled in 2020 and no information is available for the 2021 race.

This is a Somerville Road Runners production at Assembly Square. 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 was: $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 more than $27,500 for the East Somerville Main Streets organization, Somerville TrackPAC and Somerville Auxiliary Police.

2019 5K Results

Rás na hÉireann

March 2022 | 11:00 AM | Sunday

Ras Na Heirnann 5K, Somerville 5K race The race was cancelled in 2019 due to construction and cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.

In 2018 this race had 1,340 finishers. Based in Davis Square the Rás na hÉireann was 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-September 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.

Somerville Homeless Coalition Road Race

2 October | 9:00 AM | Saturday

In 2019 the race was held at Arlington High School.

In 2020 this race was cancelled due to COVID-19.

For 2021 the race returns to Davis Square!

Registration is $30. Raise $250 and your registration is FREE.

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.

Somerville Jingle Bell Run

TBD December | 11:00 AM – possibly cancelled

Somerville 5K race, Somerville jingle bell run This race was cancelled in 2020 and details for 2021 have not been posted yet.

But we have a few months to go and hopefully things will change.

I’ve run this Davis Square 5K several times. It’s always brisk but not bone crushing cold. If you like big races, this one is for you!

In 2018 over 2300 runners finished this race, many in costume!

In 2019 we hung out with Bill Rodgers and several other marathon champions at The Burren. One of my last race events before COVID-19 changed our world.

2018 RESULTS

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My 2017 Race RECAP

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.

Run Well my Friends and support your local races!

Andy

Author: OmniRunner

9X Boston Marathon finisher, 17X marathons total. Sharing my love for running and the fun adventures and lessons that come with it. Helping non-profits increase fundraising and new runners celebrate their First 5K.

6 thoughts on “Somerville 5K Race Directory 2021”

  1. I love your blog! Thanks for also posting the upcoming Somerville races!!! Small favor- could you please update the name of the Tom Taylor run to be som|dog Tom Taylor Memorial Doggie 5k Fun Run?

  2. Did I just count nine 5k races in Somerville? That a great selection to choose from!
    That Rás na hÉireann race looks inspiring. Imagine running with some of the best 5K runners in New England!

    I hope the race will happen in 2021!

    A happy new year to you, Andy! With or without races, we will run on!

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