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.


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!


Local 5K Race Directories

Over the past few years I have been maintaining local 5K race directories by town. Some towns have quite a few races while many have none or maybe one or two.

I find these races by looking at race timing and race management company websites. Quite often I find races on the web site of the organization who is the beneficiary of the fundraising from the race.

The information is all over the place and takes time to gather and maintain.

Local 5K Race Directories

Malden Rotary Road Rac e 2018, Melrose Running Club, local 5k race directoriesIf you google the name of a town and “Local 5K races” you are likely to get a list of links to individual races. Looking at each one can be time consuming and often they are in no particular order. Sometimes the link provided is to a previous years information.

Then there are the other so-called “Race Directories.” I’ve looked at many of these. They are often heavy with ads and light on actual race information. It’s not unusual to look for a race in your town and get a list that includes races in another state! Someone is obviously not paying attention to their work.

In order to provide a useful service to you I frequently update my directories. Several times a year I conduct a far reaching search for any new races. Sometimes they are found by accident. It’s amazing how some races are kept almost a secret.

I look for these races because often these events raise money for important causes and these smaller races are often fun to run.

Why do I manage 5K Race Directories?

I started creating the directories as a result of my own searches for local races. I found that no one site seemed to have all of the races for any given location. Friends would tell me about a race I never heard of or missed because of bad information or no information from the race at all.

I also manage the directories as a way to promote the My First 5K medal. Most 5K road races have awards for the top three male and female finishers and sometimes age-group awards.

first time running medal, 5k running medal, 5k running medalsI know many people who have managed to encourage their spouse or child to run a 5K with them. Everyone is excited about running the race and I love to see a new runner trying a 5K for the first time.

In most cases a new runner is not going to place over all or in their age group. So they go home without a medal to show for their first 5K.

If a race does give all finishers a medal it is often an inexpensive medal that is easily forgotten.

That just doesn’t seem right to me. All first time 5K runners deserve a medal that they can be proud of.

5K Race Directories

Here are my 5K race directories. Please let me know if I am missing a race or have some facts wrong.

Also, if you are running with a first time 5K runner, check the race web site to see if they give all runners a medal. If they don’t please order a My First 5K medal for your runner.

Medford 5K Race Directory

Somerville 5K Race Directory

Cambridge 5K Race Directory

Malden 5K Race Directory

Everett 5K Race Directory

There are so many 5Ks in Boston that I have not started a directory for them.

Do you know of a town that has several 5K races that I should create a directory for? Please let me know at info@omnirunning.com.

Run well my Friends,


Running with the Fishes

Mystic River Herring Run

This past weekend a small contingent of Melrose Running Club members ran the Mystic River Herring Run 5K. This was a multi-sport event and included paddle racing events on The Mystic. None of us tried the paddle part of the race, but it did sound like it would be a lot of fun.

Malrose Racing Series, Mystic River Herring Run 2018Over all, 258 runners finished the race and MRC had five runners. No PRs or medals to bring home but I think we all had a good time.

Mary O’Connell and Thuy Dang have run all of the Melrose Racing Series races this year! I think they really want those jackets!

Rain had been forecast for Saturday morning, but we ended up with near perfect running weather. Maybe perfect.

A little rain later in the day gave us all a good excuse to stay inside for a while!

Mystic River Herring Run 5K, Medford 5K RacesThe race was based out of the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on Shore Drive in Somerville. Shore Drive is a neighborhood street that connects The Fellsway with Rt. 38. I drive by Shore Drive every day but have down the street only once or twice before.

The DCR boat house is right next to Rt. 93 and on the bike path along The Mystic River. If anyone is looking to take a canoe or kayak out on The Mystic, this is the place to go. Apparently you can go anytime and rent one, no reservations required.

Some of the crew boats you see on The Mystic are based out of this DCR boathouse as well. There’s a lot going on over there!

Running the Mystic River Herring Run

The entire race was on bike path and sidewalks through the park. We didn’t cross any intersections or have to run in the road at all.

We all started in the back of the pack, so the first half mile along the bike path was packed. Instead of lining up we hung out and had a good conversation. No one was too worried about getting a fast start.

You can see from the map above that they had us winding around the Mystic River State Reservation in Medford for a bit. Running along the river and through the park was pretty cool.

They had plenty of volunteers to direct us at the many turns and provide encouragement.

I haven’t been training very much lately and finished at 24:58. I was hoping for 24, but I got what I deserve!

I felt pretty comfortable for the entire race. There were a few rises in the road but no hills. The bridge over The Mystic was the greatest elevation. I pushed up the hills and ran down the other side and it helped.

They did not have a timing mat at the beginning of the race, so starting at the back of the pack may have added 30 seconds to my time.

I still managed to finish 45th out of 258 and 4th in my AG.

After the race we hung out for a while, but we all had other things to get to, like yard work. As they announced that paddle racers should start getting ready for their races, we all made our way home.

Our next race is the Melrose Firefighters 5K on June 17th. Don’t forget to register!

Complete results

Run well My Friends!


Boston Area 5K Races February 2019

Looking for a February 5K in the Greater Boston Area (GBA)? Look no further. They are few and far between but I think I’ve found them all.

February is the dead of Winter in The GBA. Even though the days are getting longer, our part of the globe is still cooling off. As we continue to chill out in the Northern Hemisphere we can get some of the worse weather of the winter.

These harsh conditions keep the list of February Boston Area 5Ks short.

While Boston Marathon training swings into high gear in January, only these hard core runners are willing to run in any conditions. This keeps the February race crowds down and makes it difficult for February 5K races to break even, let alone fund raise for local non-profits.

I hope you will find a race here that you would like to run and help these local races succeed.

Check back for 2020 dates, registration information and hopefully some new races.

Boston Area 5K Races February Edition

2nd Annual Bamboozled IPA Pre-Game 5K

3 February – 9:30 AM – Sunday – Weymouth, MA

Weymouth Pre-Game 5K, February 5KNew England Runner Magazine is partnering with Barrel House Z, Weymouth’s craft brewery and Old Colony Running Events to host the South Shore’s only 5K leading up to the big game.

The Bamboozled IPA Pre-Game 5K in Weymouth features a fast flat course which starts and finishes at Barrel House Z. It’s an out and back route with a loop at the midpoint.

The runner with the best football themed costume (as determined by our judges) will receive a BHZ beer tap handle, a Craft Beer Cellar Gift card and beer glass.

The overall race winners will receive a custom BHZ Beer Tap Handle and a Marathon Sports Gift Certificate.

Age group winners get a Marathon Sports gift certificate. No finisher’s medal will be provided

The post race celebration includes two complimentary (age 21 and older) Bamboozled IPA craft beers and light food offering (TBD).

Registration is closed!

Registration is $30 and includes a long sleeved cotton t-shirt through January 15th. In addition to a great run and festive party, all 21+ runners will receive two complimentary Bamboozled craft ales.

Kids 19 and under can register for $18.00.

Super 5k Road Race

2 February 2020 – Noon – Sunday – Lowell, MA

Registration is $22 with no additional fees. Race Day registration is $25.00. Long Sleeve Black Shirt for Registered Runners by January 28, 2019.

Post race party features live music and plenty of liquid refreshments.

This race consistently draws about 350 runners for a pre-game run on Super Bowl Sunday.

Registration is not open!

Super Sunday 2019

2 February 2020 – 10:00 AM – Sunday – Cambridge, MA

Cambridge 5k race, cambridge 5 mile raceEnjoy the 13th annual 5K/5M race, then pre-game for the Super Bowl with BearFight, DJ Phoenix, cold beer, and hot food from Miller’s Ale House at our giant race party!

Registration is not open!

I’ve run this race three times and it’s always a good time. 2017 Recap 2016 Recap

The race starts and ends on Athenaeum Street and the party is in front of the Genzyme building at 500 Kendall Street. I doesn’t get more Kendall Square than that!

It’s also always freezing cold! Because the race is so close to The Charles the wind whips off the river and down Athenaeum Street to the plaza at 500 Kendall.

Fortunately this race lets you choose from great winter running gloves on knit cap when you pick up your bib. There will also be a bag drop so you can bring warm clothes to change in to.

For $34.00 you can run the 5K or 5 Miler and have an awesome party after the race. No hidden registration fees!

Teams are encouraged. Get 10 of your friends or co-workers together and have a pop-up tent to gather in along with some after-race pizza from Za.

Cupids Chase 5K

9 February 10:00 AM – Saturday –  Wakefield, MA

Cupids Chase 5k, valentines 5k, february 5kAs a Valentine’s Day themed race, this race encourages couples to run together!

Registration is not open.

Registration in Advance is $32 for Individuals and $52 for Couples.

Day of registration is $40 for Individuals and $65 for Couples.

Couples do not have to be in a relationship! Two friends, two teammates, two family members, heck a guy and his dog all qualify for the couples pricing!

This is a USATF sanctioned event. The race is a flat, fast course around Lake Quannapowitt. There will be a post race party with awards, food and beer!

100% of proceeds from the race will be donated to the National MS Society.

Awards to the top three male and female runners. No finisher’s medal will be provided.

My 2017 Cupid’s Chase 5K recap.

Snowshoe Classic at Brooksby Farm

February TBD at 10 AM – Peabody, MA – Cancelled?

Brought to you by the Peabody Parks and Rec Department, 2018 was the 8th season for this snow shoe race.

Registration and event information is currently not available.

LOCO Palooza 5K

16 February 9:00 AM – Saturday – Salisbury, MA

Locopalooza 5K, Loco RacesBased out of the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, this February 5K race also features an epic lip sync karaoke battle.

I’ve run this race three times, and a lot of people actually do karaoke! Some of them are actually pretty good!

Not something I’d get up and do, but it does look like fun!

The is an out and back race. Starting on Ocean Front Street and running out to the Salisbury State Beach Reservation. You make a turn in the park and head back for beer and pizza!

Locopalooza course mapThe road in the park has been in perfect condition when I’ve run the race.

Watch out for fire hydrants! People run in the street and on the sidewalk at the beginning of the race. If you are following someone and not paying attention you could have a nasty accident.

My advice is to run in the street early in the race. For safety sake!

This race is always a good time and is part of LOCO Running’s “Will Run for Beer” Series. Ipswich Ale is pouring and there will be plenty of food including hot pizza.

Registration is not open and is $34 through January 18th and then $39 through February 13th.

I’ve run this 5K road race three times. Here is my review from 2014.

Awards to the top three male and female finishers overall and age group winners. No finisher’s medal will be provided.

2ND Annual Mardi Gras Madness 5K

23 February 9:30 AM Saturday – Plymouth, MA

Mardi Gras 5K, 5k running medals, Boston area 5K races

Now in it’s third year, this USATF sanctioned race draws over 200 runners.

The race begins and ends at Tavern on The Wharf and runs along the waterfront through historic Plymouth.

Registration is not open and fees were:

Adult $25.00 online / $30.00 on site
Students age 11-18 -$20.00 online / $25.00 on site
5K Children 10 & Under – $15.00 online / $20.00 on site

Race proceeds benefit the Hoyt Foundation Boston Marathon Charity Team.

Awards to the top three male and female finishers overall and age group winners. No finisher’s medal will be provided.

First time 5K runner’s medals

My First 5K medal, running medalHas your spouse, girl friend or boy friend agreed to run a Valentine’s day race with you, shouldn’t you make sure they get a finisher’s medal? A My First 5K medal may not be a diamond ring, but they will always remember their first 5K race with you.

Make sure your first time runner gets a finisher’s medal at the end of their frosty February 5K with you.

Run well my Friends!


Medford 5K Race Directory 2019

Medford is a great location for 5K races. Just north of Boston and right off of Rt 93, The Orange Line or Rt. 28 out of Somerville and Cambridge.

With trails in the Middlesex Fells and in the Mystic River Reservation along the Mystic River, organizers have great course options to choose from.

The course along The Mystic is USATF Certified and so is the course on Winthrop Street starting at The American Legion Hall.

Medford has been rough for race directors and a few races have disappeared recently. I am hoping to see some new races on the schedule and will be happy to do all I can to promote them. 

Please let me know of if you are organizing a race. I am constantly searching for races and would be happy to add yours.

Medford 5K Races 2019

Running Of The Leprechauns

17 March 2019  8AM – Sunday

5k race, medford 5k races2019 will be the 6th year for this popular Medford 5K race. 

The Running of The Leprechauns has moved back to the American Legion Hall on Winthrop Street in Medford.

This Medford 5K race has raised over $90,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital.  Teams are encouraged and the largest team gets to designate where 1/3 of the race proceeds are directed at Boston Children’s Hospital.

538 runners finished this race in 2018. Full Results

Tufts University Graduate Student Council 5K

27 April 2019 9AM

Tufts GSK 5K, Tufts UniversityEach year the Tufts University Graduate Student Council 5K Run/Walk becomes more and more popular. 

Registration is only $20, so you can’t beat the price. 

All proceeds benefit Medford, Somerville and Dorchester organizations. The event is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council of Tufts University as part of their effort to support the local community. 

This race starts at Eaton Hall and takes place entirely on the Tufts University campus. This helps keep expenses down and provides a challenging course for runners.


8 June 2019 9:00 AM – Saturday

Medford 5K race, Medford Kiwanis Super Hero 5KThe Kiwanis SUPER HERO 5K is a new race for Medford in 2019. 

The race takes place at Mystic River Bend Park behind McGlynn Elementary School. For your map app use: 3002 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford, MA 02155 

The race route laps the Mystic River and is almost entirely on sidewalk or paths. This makes it a great race to bring the kids to.

Registration was $22.34 for 18+ and $17.02 for youth  6 -17 


July TBD 2020 9AM

Mystic River State Reservation, Mystic Valley Pkwy


Fit and Fun 5K

August TBD 2020

DCR Torbert MacDoanld Park • 4236 Mystic Valley Pkwy (near State Police Building) Medford, MA 02151

Come join TeamBlood Inc. and Quietman Sports for our third annual Fit and Fun 5K. Take a scenic 3.1-mile walk or run through DCR Torbert Macdonald Park.

100 percent of proceeds from this event will benefit our youth development program which providers boxing conditioning, training, sports equipment and mentoring to at-risk youth in the greater Boston area.

Participants will receive an event t-shirt if they register By July 14.
Event details and schedule
Start time is 9am for walk

9:45 for run

Prize categories for runners only: under 18, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-64, 65 and over. First place runners will receive a trophy and second place will receive a medal.

OktoberFells Trail Races

27 October 2019  11:00 AM

Medford High School

The 5K and 10K set of races takes place in the Lawrence Woods. Starting behind Medford High School the 5K and 10K wind through the trails and fire roads. The 10K is a bit more technical with some ledge running involved!

Food was provided by Redbones and beer garden by Medford Brewing Company.

Medford Jingle Bell Run

24 November 2019 11:00 AM – Sunday

The Medford Jingle Bell run is sponsored by Lonergan Insurance and Real Estate who cover the entire operating cost of the race. This allows every dollar from fundraising to go to the students of the Medford Schools.

Each school in Medford that participates receives race proceeds in proportion to their contribution to the race.

Some high school clubs raise as much in this one event as they would in several fundraising events. And many hands make for lighter work.

This is an innovative concept in fundraising. It allows each elementary, middle school PTO and High School teams and clubs in town to have a significant fundraiser and not have to deal with all of the logistics. 

What better way to kick of the Holiday Season than a festive 5K the Sunday before Thanksgiving?

Bring the kids and make it a family run, a family tradition. Many Medford 5K races allow children to run with their parents. Some also feature shorter races just for the kids so they can have some fun and catch the running bug!

Registration fee was $10 for kids under age 11; $15 for kids 11-18; and $25 for adults in advance or $30 day of race.

The race begins and finishes at the Krystle M. Campbell Peace Garden.

Run Well My Friends!