Fourth of July 5K Races

The Fourth of July weekend is a great time for a 5K. Since July 4th is on Saturday for 2020, it looked like everyone would have an extra day on July 3rd to run a 5K.

With COVID-19 many races have been cancelled or have gone virtual.

Check to see if your local race has gone virtual or has been cancelled and what their refund policy is.

Click on the race title to go to the race web site for registration and additional race details.

Virtual 4th of July

Many races have been cancelled for 2020 and some have gone virtual.

I think the 4th of July was too close to when states started ordering people to self quarantine.  Back in March and April when race directors needed to make the “go or no go” decision there was too much uncertainty.

Virtual races are still new to many runners and race directors probably worried that few runners would sign up.  It was easier and less expensive to simply cancel an event.

Independence run 5K 

Akron, NY | 6PM | CANCELLED?

A USAT&F certified 5K course beginning and ending at Veterans Park

Independence Run 5K, AkronSpecial designed commemorative short sleeve shirts for the first 250 registered participants and Goodie bag  provided by Race sponsors.
Food, Beer, Refreshments, 50-50’s and Awards ceremony immediately following at Veterans Park, Corner of Buell Street & Skyline Drive. Akron NY. FREE access (with race bib).
All proceeds to projects sponsored by The Akron-Newstead Rotary and Akron Lions Club.

Registration $25.00

Pound Ridge 5K

Pound Ridge, NY | Pound Ridge Elementary School  | 9AM | CANCELLED?

Start is at the Pound Ridge Elementary School and it ends at the Pound Ridge Town Park.  There will be music playing and refreshments at the finish.

The Registration will open at 7:30am with the 5K race starting at 9:00am.  The kids races start after the 5K finishes.

Registration $15 Adult, $10 for the kids

LP Miracle Mile

Houlton, ME  | Drake’s Hill on Military Street | 6PM |VIRTUAL

The third running of the Miracle Mile will go to benefit CureSearch and Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation.
In the last two years of racing we have had more than 400 people come to downtown Houlton, ME and help raise over $10,000!
Runners and walkers from all over the state toed the line to race one of the fastest miles New England has to offer.

Now the Miracle Mile can be in your neighborhood!

Montpelier Mile

Montpelier, VT  | 112 State Street  | 6PM – CANCELLED?

As of June 20th, their web site stills says check back for details.

Vermont’s fastest mile! Kick off to Montpelier’s Independence Day Parade! A classic 1 mile race through historic Montpelier in front of thousands of spectators.
After the race enjoy the parade & fireworks! 

Registration $15 adult, $5.00 kids 12 and under – races limited to 300 each.

Fourth of July 5K Races

Virtual Jennifer Tinney Memorial 4th of July Road Race

Boxford, MA  | 1 Elm Street  | 8:00AM | VIRTUAL

Run the 5 Miler or run or walk the 2.5 miler or 1 miler. Truly something for the entire family.  All in the comfort of your own neighborhood or favorite local route!

Registration is $25 for adults and  $20 for children fall all races.

Thomaston 4th of July Annual Firecracker 5K Road Race

Thomaston, ME – Beechwood Street   – 8:30 AM

Race Day Registration (cash only) $25, T-shirt NOT guaranteed.

This race is still an on-ground event!

25th Annual Firecracker 5K Run & Walk

Nantucket  | 10 Young’s Way  | 8:00AM | CANCELLED

Fire Cracker 5K race, Nantucket

A gently rolling course out to Monomy and Back. Race starts and finishes at Nantucket Health Club.

Registration is $25, Race Day Registration is not listed.

They expect 1,000 runners and walkers so I wouldn’t wait to register.

Pittsfield Independence 5K Road Race

Pittsfield, MA  | Wahconah Park  | 9:30AM | CANCELLED

There is no race day registration and it appears that the only option is to down load a form and mail it in. Better get a move on if you want to run this race. Check their web site for additional details.

Friends of the Fourth

Winthrop, ME | 117 Bowdoin St.  | 8AM | VIRTUAL RACE

Previously, after a loop through downtown Winthrop, most of the course followed the beautiful eastern shore of Maranacook Lake.

A family-friendly tradition that you can run at home this year, all proceeds go towards the conservation of the Cobbossee Watershed.

Glen Rock 9/11 Tribute Run 5K/2K Jr.

Glen Rock, NJ  | Veterans Park   | 9AM | CANCELLED

Race Day Registration $25 for each race

A 5k run and 2k Junior Run through the beautiful streets of Glen Rock.  Athletes will enjoy running the 4th of July Parade route prior to the start of the parade and then get to stick around to enjoy the parade itself.

Proceeds go to benefit G.R.A.C.E.  An organization set up after 911 to provide assistance to family members of those who died in the terrorist attacks.  Today, G.R.A.C.E. continues its hard work by maintaining the 911 Memorial in town, and providing scholarship funds to High School Seniors in memory of Glen Rock’s eleven victims.

I hope you have a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend with friends and family. Check out one of the Third or Fourth of July 5K races!

Andy

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Malden 5K Races 2020

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 used to have as many as 9 5Ks including one of the longest running 5Ks in the area. Some races never grew large enough to be sustainable and their sponsoring organizations cancelled them.

Sustainability for a 5K seems to be between 200 and 300 runners. It takes a lot of work, time and money to organize a race. For a small, local non-profit this makes breaking even or actually raising funds a challenge.

Please support local non-profits in your area by running these races. They may not be as flashy as bigger races, but your registration fee helps your friends and neighbors in need.

Malden 5K Races

The Malden Irish American Road Race 5K and 10K

7 September | 10:00 AM | Monday

This running event is a 5K and a 10K. The Irish American Club has been hosting this race for 38 years and 2020 will be their 42nd 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 three times 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. In 2018 I ran the 10K on a blazing hot day and many runners struggled. Here is a mapmyrun map with elevation.

The turnout is usually around 250 runners with a great party, live music afterwards and raffles afterwards.

Proceeds benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Registration was $25 for the 5K or 10K.

2019 5K and 10K Results

Mystic Valley Fly Like an Eagle 5K

6 October | 9:30 AM

2020 marks the sixth year for Fly Like an Eagle 5K. 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.

I ran this race a few years ago and it is a nice run through Malden.

Registration was open until September 29, and was $25.00. The field is limited to 500.

FOOGI 5k Haunt Jaunt

20 October | 10AM

malden 5k racesFOOGI, 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. 2020 will be the 15th year for the community, family event. Costumes are encouraged for this child friendly event.

The race is based out of the Malden YMCA.

Registration is not open yet but it looks like this race is still on for 2020.

Malden Road Race 10K

13 October | 9:30 AM | Sunday

2020 is the second running of this race. I’ve included the race in this 5K directory because we don’t have a lot of races in Malden.

The race has moved to October so the weather will be nicer (cooler) than it was for the inaugural running.

There is a great after party with plenty of food from Piantedosi Baking CoDom’s Sausage & Hoff’s Bakery. And cold beverages from Idle Hands!

I ran the 10K in 2018 and it was a well organized and fun race.  My Malden Road Race 10K Review      

2018 RESULTS

Registration is closed.  Registration includes a 1/4 zip running shirt & finisher medal + 3 drink tickets and great food at the BBQ.

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!

Andy

Cambridge 5K Race Directory 2020

Cambridge 5K Race Directory

Here is the the 2020 Cambridge 5K race directory for 2020.

From Mass Ave to running along the Charles River, Cambridge offers a wide variety of 5K road races.

In addition to the variety of race locations and routes, race sizes vary from a few hundred to a few thousand runners.

January is the only month that you will not find at least one 5K race in Cambridge.

Click any race name to go to that race web site.

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Super Sunday 5-Miler and 5K

2 February 2020 – 10AM  – Sunday

Kendall Square

The Super Sunday races are the first Cambridge 5K races of the year and draw about 2,000 runners.

#first5K, Cambridge 5k race directoryI’ve run the 5K in freezing cold and I ran the 5 Miler in above freezing temps. You never know what you will get, but you will have a good time.

This well-organized running event features hot food and a huge beer garden. They always have a dozen or so local breweries on hand to get the party rolling and keep it going into the early afternoon.

Proceeds benefit the RACE Cancer Foundation.

Leave the keys and the kids at home. The Kendall/MIT red line station is right around the corner from the race area.

2019 Race Recap

2020 Race Recap

Cambridge Spring Classic 5K

3 May | 9:30 AM | Sunday – Postponed due to COVID-19

Cambridge Spring Classic 5KThis race take place off of Mass Ave on Sidney Street. This is a large race with a great post race party. Public transportation is a good idea, keys and kids are optional.

I’ve run this race several times and it is always a good time. It’s great to see the fast runners and hang out with friends, old and new, at the apre race party.

This is a flat course and over a mile of the race is run down Mass Ave. Total elevation gain for this Cambridge 5K is 30 feet.

Get 19 of your friends to form a team and get a VIP tent complete with cold beer. The tent comes with a table and they are close to the music and pouring stations. Plus they make a great place to stow your gear and hang out with your friends.

Registration was $35

If you register for more than one of the four Cambridge Classic races you will receive a discount of at least 10%.

1853 runners finished this race in 2019. FULL RESULTS

Cambridge City Run 5K and Andrea Harvey Walk

14 June | 9:00 AM  | Sunday Postponed due to COVID-19

2020 will be the 34th running of this race. Managed by Friends of Cambridge Athletics, this race loops the Fresh Pond Reservation.

I ran this race when it was a 5 mile race in 2015. My recap from 2015.

Fees benefit CRLS student-athlete scholarships, team travel/equipment, and The Andrea Harvey Memorial Fund to help victims of domestic violence.

Parking is available at the Tobin School, 197 Vassal Lane. NO parking at Fresh Pond, and they will ticket!

399 runners finished this race in 2019.

Registration was $35 for adults and $25 for students. Race day registration will be $40 adult and $30 student. CRLS students 18 and under can register for FREE.

2019 Results

Bionic 5K

26 April 2020  | 9:30 AM 

Virtual Race Details

Bionic 5K, Cambridge 5KThe Bionic5K celebrates hope over despair, diversity over uniformity, possibilities over disabilities.

Join us for this virtual 5K race anywhere you like to run or walk.  The Bionic5K recognizes the resilience and tenacity of disabled athletes while celebrating advances in science and technology that are ushering in a new bionic age.

Whether you are running with a prosthetic, an artificial hip, an upgraded knee, an Apple Watch or a fitbit, join us. All are welcome: disabled runners, able-bodied runners, walkers, scientists, technologists, students, teachers, kids and parents. 

All proceeds will benefit the Bionic Project Inc, a non-profit whose mission is to help advance new prosthetic technologies and to broaden the access to resources that promote active lifestyles and athletics for those who must overcome physical challenges.

2020 registration was: $40 for adults and $25 for 21 and under.

Race Photos  2019 Results  

Under a Blood Red Cambridge Sky 5K

TBD 2020 | 7:00 PM Thursday – Probably cancelled

Under A Blood Red Cambridge Sky 5K

If you work in Cambridge or Boston, these Marathon Sports/BAEvents make great after work races. Recruit some friends or get together an office or company team to enjoy the summer running season!

Race begins at American Legion Marsh Post #442,
5 Greenough Blvd, Cambridge, MA

My First 5K medal, runners medalA finisher’s medal is not offered at this race.

If your company team has first time 5K runners make it a night they will never forget with a 5K medal!

It’s a great way to build comradery on your team!

Registration was $32.00

2019 Under a Blood Run Sky Results

Freedom Run 5K

7 June 2020 | 9:30 AM | Sunday

Freedom Run 5K at CambridgesideThis race is run out of the CambridgeSide Galleria and is part of the CambridgeSide Charity Race Series.

The Freedom Run is a patriotic 5k race through the heart of East Cambridge & Inman Square. The race starts & finishes at CambridgeSide and is immediately followed by a festive roof deck party.

I have not run this 5K yet, but it sounds like a good race.

Registration is $40.   Registration is still open

Register for the 5K and the Cambridge Half and receive a 10% discount!

Teams of 20+ get their own party tent.

Here is what you get:

  • A short sleeve technical t-shirt just in time for the warmer weather.
  • 5 free parking passes for CambridgeSide. You can park for free on race day and 4 MORE TIMES! Come back and shop, eat or both!
  • VIP perks for teams over 20, including a semi-private area for celebrating, snacking and hydrating together.

Participants 21+ can enjoy 3 beverages provided by Cambridge Brewing Company.

EVENT RESULTS 2019

The Hee Haw Country & Western 5K

TBD 2020 | 7:00 PM – Possibly Cancelled

Part of the Let’s Run Summer Series, The Hee Haw Country & Western 5K brings a bit of Country and Western to Cambridge, MA!

The race will be followed by a live band as well as a BBQ with fruit, salad, veggies, grilled chicken and UFO Wheat Beer refreshments at the American Legion Marsh Post #442. 5 Greenough Blvd, Cambridge, MA.

Registration was $32.

394 runners finished this race in 2019 – full results.

Cambridge Summer Classic 5K

9 July 2020  – 6:30 PM Thursday

64 Sydney Street

Cambridge Summer Classic 5K Road Race, Cambridge racePart of the Cambridge Classic Series, this race was introduced in 2016.  This race encourages teams and since it is on a Thursday night, it’s a great way to get together with friends and colleagues!

If you don’t have a team join Team Melrose Running Club. We always have a great time at our table with runners from all over invited to join the team.

This has become a very popular race and always sells out. So get your friends together now.

Get 19 friends and colleagues to join you for a beautiful evening run through Cambridge and as a team you will get:

  • Reserved tent and table in the post-race area
  • Cold beer waiting for your team after you finish
  • Pouring station near your tent
  • Prime spot to enjoy our post-race music

These races are all children and car-key optional.

1770 runners finished this race in 2018

Registration is $39 through June 16th.

Jerry Garcia Memorial River Run 5K

TBD 2020 | 7:30 PM | Thursday

Race begins at American Legion Marsh Post #442
5 Greenough Blvd, Cambridge, MA

This is a fun mid-week race if you work in Boston or Cambridge. A great party with food, beer and band after the race along The Charles River.

485 runners finished this race in 2019. 2019 Race Results

Registration was $32.

Jerry Garcia Memorial Run, Cambridge 5K road race, Cambridge summer race

A finisher’s medal is not offered at this race.

Finishers medal, 5k runnerIf your company team has first time 5K runners have a special awards ceremony after the race.  They will be excited to receive a medal and everyone will have a great time!

2019 EVENT RESULTS

ALS Race 4 Research 5K

April 24-25 | Virtual | Sunday

This race and walk raise funds to support ALS research. The race is held in Technology Square and features a 5K run, 4 mile walk and wheelchair ride. All proceeds benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Fundraising is encouraged, but not required.

This is a nice run through East Cambridge with several small hills. 

This is a remarkably small race for Cambridge with only 184 finishers in 2018. If you are looking for a nice race for your kids, this is it.

Registration was $35

Nerdy costumes are encouraged. Finisher’s medals are not provided.

If your company team has first time 5K runners have a special awards ceremony at your tent with the My First 5K medal! They will be excited to receive a medal and everyone will have a great time!

DAMN THE TORPEDOES 5KM

TBD 2020 | 7:00 PM | Thursday

The race will be followed by The Rebels, performing LIVE at the Post Race Party! There will also be a BBQ with fruit, salad, veggies, grilled chicken and refreshments at the American Legion Marsh Post #442.

438 runners finished this race in 2019.

Registration was $32.00.

These races feature lives bands, food and cold beer. But no finishers medals. If you Are going with a friend who is running their first 5K, surprise them at the finish with a special medal!

2019 EVENT RESULTS

Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out 5K

TBD 2020 | 6:30 PM | Thursday

Get Yer Ya Ya’s 5K is the fifth of five races in the “Let’s Run, Have Some Fun & Be Fit Series”. These races take place on Thursday nights and are a great way to get together with friends after work.

Race begins at American Legion Marsh Post #442,
5 Greenough Blvd, Cambridge, MA

Registration was $32

Cambridge 5K race, BA Events

My First 5K medal, runners medalA finisher’s medal is not offered at this race.

Surprise your first time runner with a medal at the finish line!

If your company team has first time 5K runners make it a special night for them with a 5K medal!

It’s a great way to build comradery on your team!

2019 EVENT RESULTS

Cambridge Fall Classic 5K

20 September | 9:30 AM | Sunday

64 Sydney Street

Cambridge Fall Classic, 5k race, running shoesBrought to you by the same folks who brought you the Cambridge Summer Classic. This race takes place at the same location and runs the same course.

This is another large Cambridge race with a fast, young crowd that runs hard and stays until the beer is gone.

Kids and keys are optional. The Kendal/MIT station is a short walk from this event.

If your company team has first time 5K runners have a special awards ceremony at your tent with the My First 5K medal! They will be excited to receive a medal and everyone will have a great time!

Registration is $30 through June 9th.

Paddy’s Virtual Cambridge Classic 5K

3-5 July 2020 | Virtual 

What a way to celebrate 85 years in business! Paddy’s had to close on March 16th for the first time ever due to COVID-19.

But you can still run the Paddy’s Classic 5K.

The virtual race can take place anywhere you like and at any time on July 3, 4 or 5.

Registration is open and is $35.

Cambridge Friends School 5K

TBD 2020 | 9:30 AM | Sunday

CF5K is a race with fun for the entire family. Hosted by Cambridge Friends School, this race includes a Kids Fun Run followed by a 5k run/walk that will be professionally chip timed by RaceWire.

Guaranteed tech shirts to all participants pre-registered by September 19, 2019, prizes to top finishers, and post-race festivities for all!

Registration was $10 for kids fun run, $25 for the 5K through October 3rd.

Cambridge Monster Dash 5K

27 October 2019 9:00 AM – Sunday

89 Pacific Street

Registration is not open yet

Get a team of 14 of your friends and get a VIP tent!

Long Sleeve Tech Ts will be given to all registrants
Custom event pint glass for all runners that register through 9/27

This race also encourages teams and gives prizes for the largest team etc. These races are always fun, party races, regardless of the weather. Bring extra clothes, leave the kids and keys at home.

876 runners finished this race in 2018. FULL RESULTS

Cambridge Half Marathon

1 November 2020 – 7:00AM

100 Cambridgeside Place

I know, this is a 5K directory, so why am I listing a half marathon? Because I love half marathons and I want all of you to show up. We almost lost this race.

The Cambridge Half debuted in 2016 and had a second running in 2017. The race was cancelled due to permitting issues in 2018.

The Cambridge Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile USATF certified course* that starts & finishes at CambridgeSide. It is a fast & flat course through Cambridge featuring: MIT, Riverbend Park, John W. Weeks Footbridge, Harvard Stadium, Charles River and Harvard Square. With so much eye candy, the 13.1 miles will fly by – both literally and figuratively.

Registration is $85 through July 31st

Winter Classic 5K

6 December 2020 9:30 AM – Sunday

64 Sydney Street

Cambridge 5k racesThe last in the Cambridge Classic Series for 2020. This race had 1938 finishers in 2019 on a very comfortable day for running.

Bring some extra clothes and leave the kids and keys at home! The Kendal/MIT station is just a short walk from the party.

Teams of 20 get their own tent with their own beer and great location near the pouring station. 

Registration is $30.00 through August 11th.

2018 RESULTS.

This race does not provide a finisher’s medal.

My First 5K medal, running medalIf your company team has first time 5K runners or you are trying to recruit non-runners to join your team the medal could be just what you are looking for.

Who doesn’t love a medal and the bragging rights that go with it?

You can have a special awards ceremony at your tent after the race! Click the photo to order.

Yulefest 5K

13 December 2020 9:30AM – Sunday

Harvard Square

The last Cambridge 5K of the year. 10 days before Christmas, this race takes place in Harvard Square.

This course is USATF certified (#MA11901JK).

Registration includes a high quality knit hat, food and 3 beer tickets!. Women make up about 60% of the runners and most runners are there for the fun. 

Teams of 35 or more runners get their own tent with food and beer! What’s better than that?

Experience an awesome post race party with food, music and beverages provided by Bantam, Notch and Slumbrew!

2018 RESULTS.

Registration is not open yet.

About Cambridge 5K Races

Several Cambridge 5K races have come and gone. We are lucky to have The Cambridge Half back again this year.

COVID-19 has postponed some races and delayed the opening of registration for others. I will keep this directory updated, so check back often for for news.

I’ve run several of these races and had a great time.

As runners we need to be good guests and respectful of the people who live in the neighborhoods that we run through.

When only one side of a road is open to runners, we need to let traffic use the other side of the road.

We are guests and we are inconveniencing people so we can have our fun. We also have to keep in mind that most people think we are crazy to be out running in the first place.

I don’t know what the answer is, but there has to be a way to co-exist with the city while we have our fun. If you have ideas on where races could be staged or how we could be less of a nuisance to the citizens of Cambridge, please reply to this blog with your ideas.

info at omnirunnig.com 

Run well my Friends, and see you in Cambridge!

Andy

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!

Andy

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,

Andy