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
TBD March | 8:00 AM | Sunday | see you in 2023
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.
TBD April | 9:00 AM | See you in 2023
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.
TBD June | 9:00 AM | Saturday | See you in 2023
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
30 July | 9:00 AM | Saturday
A fun Summer race to bring the community together. The racecourse follows the scenic path of Mystic River Reservation.
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.
? 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.
? 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.
? 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!