Melrose Spooky Sprint 5K

Can you out-run the ghouls and goblins of Melrose?

The Melrose Family YMCA presents the 2015

Melrose Spooky Sprint 5K

Melrose spooky sprint, 5k race, kids raceThis Halloween Day race begins at 8:30 on East Foster Street, right around the corner from the Melrose Family YMCA. This popular Melrose Family 5k run continues to grow and attracts runners of all ages from the area. In 2014 more 500 runners completed the course.

Come join the fun and start a new family tradition.

All are welcomed to run dressed in their Halloween costumes. Please be sure costumes will not trip the runner wearing it or other runners. Clear vision is also important for anyone running in a costume, young or old.

This is a good test run for your child’s halloween costumes to make sure it is safe for the evening’s Trick or Treating.

All proceeds benefit the Annual Fund which supports members in your community that are in need, who look to the Y to help them keep their families strong and healthy. In 2014 the YMCA of Metro North Annual Fund provided more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and financial assistance to over 3,682 children, families and seniors. Your generous support is necessary to fund many of the YMCA programs and services that families need each and every day.

» Long sleeve t-shirts for those pre-registered by October 17
» Electronic timing
» Post-race refreshments

Runner/Walker – until October 17: $25 after October 17: $30

Child under 14 – until October 17: $15 after October 17: $20

1st 5k medal, First 5k medalMy First 5K medals will be available at the bib packet pickup Friday afternoon and Saturday morning before the race. If this is your son or daughter’s first 5K help them celebrate a wonderful accomplishment and help support the Melrose Family YMCA.

Medals are $9.95 and cash or check will be accepted. All proceeds benefit the Melrose Family YMCA.

Each medal comes with a bib sticker that your child can put on their bib for the race. Everyone will know that your little runner is running their first 5k! At the end of the race each first 5K runner will receive their medal and celebrate a race well run.

Support the Y and inspire a young runner.

my first 5k, running bib sticker


Packet pickup times are:

Friday, October 30th from 2pm to 7pm at the Melrose Family YMCA

Saturday at Race Registration from 7am to 8:15am

Post race Monster Bash begins promptly at 9:30 in the Melrose Family YMCA gym.

Run well and we hope to see you on Halloween in Melrose, if you dare!


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Medford Jingle Bell Run 2015

Medford Jingle Bell Run 2015

Medford Jingle Bell Run 2015, 5k


Come to Medford and run off some of your Thanksgiving Feast! Thanksgiving weekend is a wonderful time for families to get together and have some fun.

After your big feast and all of those left-overs come out and enjoy the fresh air and run off some turkey! Bring the family and run together!

Now in its 3rd year, this popular 5K race benefits the schools of Medford.

The PTO groups from each school in town are participating and each school will receive a portion of the proceeds based on how many runners they sign up.

A little friendly competition is a good thing, and everybody wins.

The race is a great way to kick off your holiday season and help support programs in the Medford schools.

Registration fees are:

  • $10 for kids under age 11
  • $15 for kids 11-18
  • $25 for adults in advance or $30 day of race

Day-of-race registration and number pick-up begins at 8:30 a.m. at Medford City Hall (85 George P.Hassett Dr. Medford, MA.)

Lonergan Insurance, Medford 5KFree t-shirts will be given to all who register online by Friday, November 6th.

The race is sponsored by LONERGAN INSURANCE & REAL ESTATE!

Is this your first 5K? If you answered yes than treat yourself to a “My First 5K medal” The medal is $9.95 and all proceeds benefit the schools of Medford.

Register on-line for the race HERE.

There is plenty of parking at Medford City Hall, but please car pool if you can.



Pre race dinner Friday evening, November 27, 2015 at Carroll’s Restaurant – $20.00 buffet dinner.

Post race breakfast on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Carroll’s Restaurant – $10.00 buffet breakfast

A portion of the proceeds from both of these events to benefit the Jingle Bell Festival Walk/Run and the children of Medford.

Photos – courtesy of Medford Jingle Bell Committee.

Hartford Marathon Foundation

Hartford Marathon Foundation produces an extensive schedule of races in the greater Hartford area.

While the BAA overshadows the HMF with the Boston Marathon, the HMF schedule starts in March and goes through December.

Their calendar of events includes 5Ks, 10Ks, Duathlons, Triathlons and of course The Hartford Marathon.

Many of their events include the FitKids Run fun run, with distances ranging from 50 yards for 2 year olds up to a 1 mile run for 9-11 year olds. All participants receive a finisher’s medal and either a cotton t-shirt or a “Super Kid” cape.

How cool is that! Can you imagine being 5 years old and getting a cape, and a medal? I applaud their efforts to include children in their events and hopefully inspire the next generation of runners.

I’m really impressed with this organization and the number and variety of events they manage. If you live within an hour of Hartford, you should be checking out their event calendar. Many of their races are in neighboring towns and could be close to you. Continue reading “Hartford Marathon Foundation”