Updated March 17th, 2023
Medford 5K race season is still a few months away and none of the races have posted dates. Please stay tuned.
In 2022, Dave McGillivray brought a new 5K and 5 mile event to Medford. Community participation was high and we look forward to running this race again in 2023.
Medford has several great 5K race routes including the Middlesex Fells and the Mystic River Reservation along the Mystic River.
Medford 5K Race Directory 2022 – no updates for 2023 yet.
Running Of The Leprechauns
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.
Tufts University Graduate Student Council 5K
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.
Kiwanis SUPER HERO 5K
TBD June | 9:00 AM | Saturday | See you in 2023
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 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 – see you in 2023!
A fun Summer race to bring the community together. The racecourse follows the scenic path of Mystic River Reservation.
The race website doesn’t mention the specific location.
The Mystic River State Reservation is on Rt 16/Revere Beach Parkway in Medford. The only way to get into the parking lot is heading east on Rt 16 as this is a divided parkway.
This is near the State Police barracks at Wellington Circle.
On-line registration is closed
I actually ran the 5K this year. I’m coming back from an injury and am horribly out of shape, so I did a race day registration. It was $40.
I’ll have a race review in the next week or so.
Here are the race results.
Run Medford 5K and 5 Mile
18 September | 1:00 PM | Sunday – See you in 2023
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.
5K/8K includes: t-shirt, finisher’s medal, beer tickets to the post-race party at Carroll’s for participants who are at least 21 years old. A portion of each registration will be directed toward student-athlete programs within the City of Medford. But don’t wait! T-shirts are only guaranteed until JULY 31.
This exciting running event is brought to Medford by Dave McGillivray and DMSE.
Registration was $45 for the 5K or 8K races.
Housing Families 5K
12 November | 10:00 AM | Saturday
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 12th at 10AM or virtually between November 12th and 13th.
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.
This is a narrow path in some areas, so if you want to run a PR you may want to opt for the virtual race or start at the front.
Refreshments and bathrooms will be available onsite.
Medford Jingle Bell Run
? November | 11:00 AM | Sunday
The race was cancelled in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
I’ve heard through the grape vine that it is coming back.
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.
Run Well My Friends!