Medford 5K Race Directory 2022

Updated May 15th, 2022

Medford is a great location for 5K races in the Middlesex Fells and in the Mystic River Reservation along the Mystic River.

Like races everywhere, Medford 5K races were hit hard by COVID-19. Some made a come back in 2021 and we are hoping for more 5Ks in Medford, MA in 2022.

Scroll down to see the latest race event for Medford.

Medford 5K Races 2022

Running Of The Leprechauns

TBD March | 8:00 AM | Sunday | see you in 2023

5k race, medford 5k races Cancelled in 2021 and 2022 due to COVID-19, it looks like this race will return in 2023.

The Running of The Leprechauns moved back to the American Legion Hall on Winthrop Street in Medford a few years ago.

This location provides plenty of room for people to stay warm and gather after the race.

This Medford 5K race has raised over $115,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital.

Tufts University Graduate Student Council 5K

TBD April | 9:00 AM | See you in 2023

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

Like so many races, COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of this race in 2020 and 2021.

In the past, registration was 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.

Kiwanis SUPER HERO 5K

TBD June | 9:00 AM | Saturday | See you in 2023

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

They had to cancel in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID and I we may have lost this race.

The race took 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

Summer Run Fest 5K and 10K

30 July | 9:00 AM | Saturday

Medford 5K race, boston road runners A fun Summer race to bring the community together. The racecourse follows the scenic path of Mystic River Reservation.

Registration is open at $33.00

Run Medford 5K and 5 Mile

18 September | 1:00 PM | Sunday

Medford City Hall

A new race event is coming to Medford!

The day kicks off at 11:00 AM with a kid’s fun run for children 3 – 12 years old.

Para/Adaptive Athlete Mile begins at 11:30.

At Noon, students aged 14-18 years old may participate in the High School Mile, which will be a three-loop course that starts and finishes at Medford City Hall.

At 12:30 PM the Mayor’s Celebrity Mile kicks off on the same route as the High School Mile.

At 1:00 PM the 5K and 8K/5 mile races begin.

This exciting running event is brought to Medford by Dave McGillivray and DMSE.

Registration is not open yet, so check back for details.

OktoberFells Trail Races

? October | 11:00 AM | See you in 2022?

Medford High School

The 5K and 10K set of races took 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!

It looks like this race has faded away.

Housing Families 5K

? November | 9:00 AM | They are working on it!

The annual Housing Families 5K Powered by BOND brings awareness to the link between health and homelessness. Homelessness is closely connected to declines in physical and mental health. At Housing Families, we serve more than 1,000 families a year through supportive services and eviction prevention assistance.

You can run the event in person on November 20th at 9AM or virtually on either November 20th or 21st.

Teams from Housing Families and BOND will be there to greet you and cheer you on! The race route will take place at River’s Edge Park along the Malden River.

Refreshments and bathrooms will be available onsite. After you complete the 5K, join us next door for food, drinks, and celebrating at The Porch restaurant.

Registration is open!

Medford Jingle Bell Run

? November | 11:00 AM | Sunday

The race was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 and no information is available for 2022 yet.

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!

Andy

Cambridge 5K Race Directory 2022

Find all of the 2022 Cambridge 5K races in one place. Check back for updates as some races have not updated for 2022.

Cambridge 5K Race Directory

Updated April 16th, 2022

Here is the Cambridge 5K race directory for 2022.

It looks like all races will be in-person 5K events this year. Some races may have faded away over the past two years, and have not posted details for 2022 yet.

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

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Super Sunday 5-Miler and 5K

13 February | 10:00 AM | Sunday – see you in 2023!

This event turned into a Virtual Race series in 2021 that lasted 5 weeks.

Races included a 1K, 1 Mile 5K, 5 Mile, 10K, 10 Mile and a Half Marathon.

The Super Sunday 5 is back in Kendal Square for 2022! But for $20 you can participate in the 2022 Virtual Series also!

The 5 Miler and 5K will be the first Cambridge races of the year and should draw about 2,000 runners.

#first5K, Cambridge 5k race directory I’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 City Run 5K and Andrea Harvey Walk

3 April | 9:00 AM | Sunday – see you in 2023!

2022 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.

Registration is closed.

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 is $35 for adults and $25 for students. Race day registration will be $45 adult and $35 student. CRLS students 18 and under can register for FREE.

2019 Results

Bionic 5K

24 April | 9:30 | Sunday – See you in 2023!

Bionic 5K, Cambridge 5K

The Bionic5K celebrates hope over despair, diversity over uniformity, possibilities over disabilities.

Run in Harvard Square or Virtually from anywhere in the world!

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.

2022 registration was: $40 for adults and $25 for 21 and under.

Race Photos

2019 Results

2022 Race Results

ALS Race 4 Research 5K

? April | Virtual | Cancelled for 2022

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!

My First 5K medal, runners medal
click to order

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

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

2019 EVENT RESULTS

Cambridge Spring Classic 5K

1 May | 9:30 AM | Sunday – See you in 2023!

Cambridge Spring Classic 5K This race takes 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 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 $40

Get the Season Pass for $140, run all four races and get a cool 1/4 zip fleece!

1853 runners finished this race in 2019.

REI Co-Op 5K at Cambridge Crossing

5 June | 9:30 AM | Sunday

A new race for 2022!

Cambridge 5K race Starting and finishing at the REI Co-op store in Cambridge, this double loop 5K course explores the new Cambridge Crossing neighborhood as well as the waterfront along North Point Park.

REI is proud to kick-off the summer season early with a community run and post-race celebration outside the store. Come move with us in a way that feels good for you – we welcome participants of all levels, from those who have their sights on a PR to those running their first 5k. And, whether you’re running, cheering, or just coming out to see what all the fun and sunshine is about – let’s get outside together on June 5th.

Celebrate your finish at our post-race party! Exchange your beer tickets with Lamplighter Brewing. Check out the various vendors including REI, Nuun, and so many more.

And my friends from Athletic Brewing Co. will be there as well. If you haven’t tried one yet, make sure to stop by their booth and give them a try.

Registration is open at: $45 through day of race.

All participants will receive a branded Nalgene bottle and a neck gaiter with registration.

RACE Cancer Summer Series 2022

Since the American Legion Marsh Post #442 is such a great location for 5K races, the Race Cancer Foundation has relocated their Summer Series to this location.

2022 registration has not opened yet.

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

After so many months of remote work, these after work events are a great way to re-build those relationships.

Registration opens 30 minutes before the Women’s 5K (start times vary by date)

Women’s 5K starts first – Open 5K starts ~35 minutes later

June 3 – 7:00/7:35
June 17 7:00/7:35
July 8 7:00/7:35
Aug 5 6:30/7:05
Aug 19 6:15/6:50
Sep 2 6:00/6:35
Sep 16 6:00 (no Women’s 5K)

Race begins at 5 Greenough Blvd, Cambridge, MA

My First 5K medal, runners medal
Click to order!

A finisher’s medal is not offered for these races.

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!

Pre-registration: $30 in advance, $32 same week, $35 same day
Race day entry at event: $40
2021 Season Pass (all 7 events): $168

Freedom Run 5K

? June | 9:30 AM | No date for 2022 yet.

Freedom Run 5K at Cambridgeside This 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 was $40.

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

Cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

Cambridge Summer Classic 5K

14 July | 6:30 PM | Thursday

65 Sydney Street

Cambridge Summer Classic 5K Road Race, Cambridge race Part 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!

Registration is open at $38 with the first price increase on May 8th.

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.

This is a great summer, after work race. Especially if you work in Cambridge!

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!

My First 5K medal, runners medal
click to order

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

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

1770 runners finished this race in 2018

 

Cambridge Fall Classic 5K

18 September | 9:30 AM | Sunday

65 Sydney Street

Cambridge Fall Classic, 5k race, running shoes Brought 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.

My First 5K Medal, company running events 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 open at$38 with the first price increase on July 24th.

2020 race results

2121 race results

Paddy’s Cambridge Classic 5K

? September | 10:00 AM | Sunday – no 2022 information available

Our race benefits the girls of Cambridge by supporting the Cambridge Girls Softball League and other girls’ sports with funds from the race. These great organizations work on team building, athletic skills, and strengthen the connection among physical, mental and social well-being of girls.

Post-Race Block Party
After the race there will a block party and celebration of our survival of COVID. It will be held outside Paddy’s until 6PM! Walden Street will be closed off to traffic and there will be a large beer garden and local food trucks. This year the race will be dedicated to our beloved and much missed Tom Courtney, aka Black Cloud.

Registration was $35.

Cambridge 5K – Oktoberfest

2 October | Stay tuned! – no 2022 information available

Cambridge Friends School 5K

TBD 2022 | 9:30 AM | Sunday – no 2022 information available

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

? October | 9:00 AM | Sunday – no 2022 information available

89 Pacific Street

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.

Winter Classic 5K

4 December | 9:30 AM | Sunday

65 Sydney Street

Registration for 2022 is open at $38 until September 25th. sign up today!

The Winter Classic was live and in person on December 5th 2021 with 2268 runners. This one one of the very few races that I ran in 2021.

Cambridge 5k races The last in the Cambridge Classic Series for 2022 and you don’t want to miss it.

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 $38.00 through September 25th.

2020 Virtual Results

2021 Race Results

Get a finisher’s medal for your first time Winter Classic 5K runner!

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If 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

11 December | 9:30AM | Sunday – no 2022 information available

Harvard Square

The last Cambridge 5K of the year 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 opens April 1st.

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

Melrose 5K Race Directory 2022

Melrose 5K races, races near me 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 info@omnirunning.com.

2020 and 2021 were tough years for races every where. Some went virtual and some just faded away.

Melrose 5K Race Directory

Fitzgerald Physical Therapy Associates Melrose Run For Women

8 May | 9:00 AM | Sunday | Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Race, melrose 5K race directory The Melrose Run for Women is back and in person for 2022!

With Fitzgerald Physical Therapy Associates as the marque sponsor, the race is sure to be better than ever!

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 $278,000 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.

Registration is open at: $35 per person and $60 for mother/daughter teams. On May 1st prices got to $40 and $70 respectively.

Melrose Firefighters Fathers Day 5K

TBD June | 9:30 AM | Sunday – see you in 2022?

melrose 5K races, firefighters 5k

I really thought this race would make a come back in 2021 since the fire fighters are so good at organizing this.

Keeping my eyes open and hopes high for 2022!

2021 would be the 8th running of this Melrose 5K race which raises money for the Melrose Firefighters Relief Association.

Normally, the fun starts with a free kids race where everyone wins! Music, snacks, and fire trucks will abound.

Melrose Family YMCA Spooky Sprint 5K

29 October | 8:30 AM | Saturday

The Spooky Sprint is alive! Alive and in person for 2022!

spooky sprint 5k, kids race, melrose 5K race directory This race begins at the Y and travels through charming downtown Melrose and through beautiful Pine Banks. Bring your costumes and family!

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 at: $30 for adults and $20 for 18 and under through October 13th.

Assault on Mt. Hood

10 December | Noon

assault on Mt Hood, cross country The Assault on Mt. Hood returns as an in person cross country race for 2022.

The location as much as the time of year makes this race what it is, and you just can’t duplicate that at home.

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, a Huge Post Race Party with plenty of food and a few beers.

And don’t forget about the legendary nutcrackers!

We have a 2022 date, but registration is not open yet.

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!

Andy

Somerville 5K Race Directory 2022

Looking for a 5K in Somerville, MA? Look no further.

2022 Somerville 5K Race Directory

Updated March 11th, 2022

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. Some races look like they have faded away, but some have returned for in person racing!

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

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Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle

15 May | Sunday | 9:00 AM – see you in 2023

Mystic River Watershed Association, Somerville 5K 2022 was the 26th year for this unique 5K and paddling event.

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

2022 registration is $25 for the 5K or 9-mile paddle. Register to run and paddle for $40. For race day registration add $5.00

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.

2020 Results

2022 Results

2022 Photos – 5K and Paddle

Fast and Furriest Fitness Challenge

Moving to Fall of 2022

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

Registration was $45.

The event is a fundraiser for the MSPCA and Angell Memorial. 2021 was the sixth year for this Somerville 5K and their second virtual race.

While there isn’t a date yet, they plan to have the race this Fall.

Race to the Row

August 2022? | 9:00 AM

race to the row 5K, somerville 5K race

This race was cancelled in 2020 and 2021, currently, no information is available for the 2022 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

11 September | 11:00 AM | Sunday

Ras Na Heirnann 5K, Somerville 5K race

Back in person in 2022 for the first time in 4 long years!

Registration is open at $40.15 all in!

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.

And in 2021 the race returned to Davis Square with 450 runners.

Registration for 2022 opens July 19th, and in the past was $30. Raise $250 and your registration is FREE.

This race used to draw around 1,000 runners and is trying to build back after COVID-19. The last time I ran this race there was plenty of food after the race and things were well organized.

I would recommend this race for the kids.

2021 Race Results

Somerville Jingle Bell Run

? December | 11:00 AM | Sunday – it’s still early for a date

Bill Rodgers and Andy, Jingle Bell Run Race details for 2022 have not been posted. It’s still a little early yet.

Registration was only $37 in 2021.

Believe it or not, there is plenty of free parking in Somerville for this event.

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 2019 over 1,400 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.

2021 RESULTS

2019 RESULTS

2018 RESULTS

My 2017 Race RECAP

Jack’s Abbey sponsors the post race party at 8 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, finisher’s medal and jingle bells.

Run Well my Friends and support your local races!

Andy

New England Valentines Races 2022

Registration for a few 2022 races has opened. Since the 2021 and 2021 races canceled, 2022 should be a great year!

Looking for a New England Valentines race for 2022?

In New England we believe in getting outside, even in the middle of winter. New England Valentines Races are a great excuse to go out for a run with your somebody special. And for 2022, it’s looks like these will be in-person events.

Massachusetts Valentines Races

Cupid’s Chase 5K

12 February | Wakefield, MA

Cupids Chase 5k, wakefield valentines 5k, february 5k The 9th Annual Cupid’s Chase Valentines Race is in person for 2022.

Registration is: $40 for individual runners and $70 for couples.

100% of proceeds from the 5k road race will be donated to the National MS Society and Neurofibromatosis Northeast. Over the past eight years this race has raised more than $50,000.

I ran The Cupid’s Chase in 2017 in Wakefield, MA.

2020 results

Bradford Valentine Road Race

TBD February | Bradford, MA – CANCELLED for 2022.

Valentines Day 5K road race, Bradford

The 30th Annual Bradford Valentines Road Races went virtual for 2021 and I cannot find any details for 2022.

The 5 Miler should return to an in-person race in 2022.

2021 registration was $35 for either the 5 Miler or 6K race.

Registration included:

Customized race bib for download
30th anniversary commemorative long sleeve shirt
Custom participant medal and ribbon
Sampler box of chocolates
Valentine flower
Personal online photo album
Virtual online leaderboard results
Access to members only Facebook group
Personalized digital finisher’s certificate for download

Paddy Kelly 5 Mile Road Race

6 February | Sunday | 11:00 AM | Brockton

This race was cancelled for 2021 but is back for 2022.

The race is based out of Harry’s Westgate Pub and Grill in Brockton. Race start is at D.W. Field Park about a quarter miles away at 11:00 AM.

This race is produced by the Colonial Road Runners and registration is $35. First 200 to register get a pair of runner’s gloves. All runners will enjoy hot chili/pasta and one complementary beer or soft drink.

Age group and top finishers receive awards. This race does not provide a finisher’s medal to all runners.

Course video

2020 Results

Valentines Race in Vermont

Cupid 5K

12 February | Saturday | 9:00 AM | Shelburne, VT

Registration is $30 and includes finisher’s medal for all finishers. Registration is limited to 100 runners.

T-shirts were available for $15.00.

Racevermont.com will be donating a percentage of the net income from this race to Healing Winds and the Cancer Patient Support Foundation.

2020 Results

Valentines Races in Connecticut

Bob and Peg Andrulis Memorial Sweetheart Run

12 February | Saturday | 11:00 AM | Litchfield, CT

The Sweetheart Run was virtual in 2021, but will be in-person again in 2022.

This USATF certified 5 mile course (#CT13035JHP) starts at the Litchfield Community Center at 11AM.

They are so sweet, their Schwag bag was voted “Best Schwag” by Runner’s World in 2008!

Registration is $30, Kids 10 and under are $10.00, folks 80+ are FREE!

Proceeds benefit the Litchfield Community Center. Long sleeve shirts guaranteed for the first 150 registrants.

Cupid Made Me Do It! 2 Miler

12 February | Saturday | 10:00 AM | Willimantic, CT

The Cupid Made Me Do It is a 2 mile run or walk to be held in downtown Willimantic. This “urban scramble” will be held as a part of the Romantic Willimantic Chocolate Festival and will benefit the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry.

Valentine’s Day fancy dress is appreciated and applauded.

The first 250 registered runners receive a free Cupid Made Me Do It Gloves.

Everyone registered by February 7th receives a shirt.

Registration is $25 and $10 for 12 and under.

2020 Cupid Made Me Do It Results

Run well my Friends!

Andy

Malden 5K Race Directory 2021

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?

At the time the Mystic Running Club met at the Malden Irish American 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. COVID certainly hasn’t helped.

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

6 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 they continue the tradition in 2022.

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.

2021 registration was $30 for the 5K or 10K.

2019 5K and 10K Results

2021 5K and 10K Results

1st Annual Malden 5 Mile Oktoberfest

3 October | 10:00 AM | Sunday

Malden 5 Mile Oktoberfast, Malden Race A new race for Malden!

Create a team of 25 or more friends and enjoy a pop-up tent!

Run out of Malden City Hall Square, Registration includes a race shirt & finisher medal plus 3 drink tickets & snacks!

Registration is closed.

Mystic Valley Fly Like an Eagle 5K

TBD October | 9:30 AM

The 2020 Fly Like an Eagle 5K was cancelled. Information for the 2021 race has not been posted yet.

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.

This race has been discontinued.

FOOGI 5k Haunt Jaunt

TBD October | 10AM

malden 5k races FOOGI, 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 would have been the 15th year for the community, family event. Costumes are encouraged for this child friendly event.

The race was based out of the Malden YMCA.

This race has been discontinued.

Malden Road Race 10K

TBD October | 9:30 AM | Sunday

2020 would have been 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 was 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 Co, Dom’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

This race have turned into the Malden Half and 5 Miler – and postponed in 2021 – stay tuned for updates.

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