Updated February 16th, 2024
Welcome to the 2024 Somerville 5K Race Directory. Over the next few months I will update events as details become available.
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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.
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24 March | 11:00 AM | Sunday
Next price increase is March 16th
A popular Davis Square race, the Rás na hÉireann always draws over 500 runners.
Some of the best 5K runners in the GBA regularly run a 5:00 or less pace!
Many hundreds more run 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.
19 May | Sunday | 9:00 AM
2024 is the 28th year for this unique 5K and paddling event.
Complete both races and you are eligible for the “Iron Herring Award”.
2024 registration is open: $25 for the 5K or any distance paddle. Register to run and paddle for $40. For race day individual event registration add $5.00.
Bring your own kayak or rent one from Paddle Boston.
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.
30 September | 9:00 AM | Saturday – details to follow
In 2021 the race returned to Davis Square and continues to draw over 400 runners.
I’ve run this race several times, and each time it was well organized and everyone seemed to have fun. As a smaller race, it has a more intimate, home town feel to it.
For 2023 there will be plenty of food for everyone and the kids had a great time feasting on all of the good stuff donated by the races sponsors.
Registration for 2023 was $30. And if you raise $250 and your registration was FREE.
I would recommend this race for the kids.
Thanksgiving Day | November 23 | 9:00 AM – details to follow
This race turns 28 this year and usually draws around 3,000 runners! Everyone seems to agree that Thanksgiving Day races are a lot of fun.
2024 Registration is open! $35 for the first 100 runners to sign up! $40 for the rest of us. Register by October 25th to make sure you get a long-sleeved race shirt!
Proceeds from the race benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition, Somerville Track PAC, and Dilboy VFW Veterans Relief Fund.
In addition to a race shirt this race features a bag check and an after party at The Burren!
17 December | 11:00 AM | Sunday – see you in 2024!
This race always draws a large, festive crowd. And you never know who you will meet.
Believe it or not, there is plenty of free parking in Somerville for this event. But you need to get there before they start closing streets.
I’ve run this Davis Square 5K several times including 2023. The weather has been great the past few years and the race draws over 2,000 runners and walkers.
In 2023 over 2,000 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.
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 and finisher’s medal for all.
Run Well my Friends and support your local races!