Updated: Apr 9, 2019
Massachusetts has a ton of 5Ks, 10Ks, and a few odd mileage races in Boston and throughout the State of Massachusetts. Here are a few of our favorites;
Super Sunday is a 5-Miler (5K too) held every year on Super Bowl Sunday in Kendall Square (Cambridge). It's a great race, with a fun after-party, and if you're lucky the temp won't be below 15 degrees.
Date: Super Bowl Sunday https://racemenu.com/supersunday
This fast and flat 5K runs down Mass Ave in Central Square, Cambridge.
Date: Late March https://runsignup.com/SpringClassic5K
The B.A.A. 5K kicks off Marathon Weekend in Boston. Held on the Saturday before the Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. 5K is a great shake-out if you're running the marathon, or just a great run to capture the excitement of marathon weekend. The B.A.A 5K does cross over the Boston Marathon Finish Line so if you're superstitious then you might not want to run this one.
Date: Mid-April https://www.baa.org/races/baa-5k
James Joyce Ramble
A 10K starting and ending at the Endicott Estate in Dedham, MA. The James Joyce Ramble celebrates running and the poetry of James Joyce, along with a post-race party sponsored by Jack's Abby.
Date: Late April http://www.ramble.org/
Mother's Day 5K
A family-friendly 5K that celebrates Mom. Race starts from Artesani Park in Brighon and runs a loop around the Charles River.
Date: Mother's Day http://mothersday5k.org
Boston 5K Summer Series
Throughout the summer, Race Cancer hosts a series of 5Ks along the Charles River - starts from Herter Park on Soldiers Field Road. Held on Thursday evenings from May until September, these seven races all run in support of kicking cancer's butt.
Dates: May - Sept https://racecancer.org/summer
The Harpoon 5-Miler begins and ends at the Harpoon Brewery in the Seaport District, and therefore it sells out VERY quickly. Registration opens on March 26th (2019) and it's best to register right away for this great race, which includes beer.
Date: Mid-May https://bit.ly/2EH2sXU
Boston's Run to Remember
Boston's Run to Remember is a half marathon and 5-miler that is held every year on the Sunday before Memorial Day. It's a great (and fast) course through the City of Boston and along Memorial Drive in Cambridge [half]. There are usually 10,000+ runners so it does get crowded at the start, but once you hit Beacon Street you'll be able to hit your stride.
Date: Memorial Day Weekend https://www.bostonsruntoremember.org/
The B.A.A. 10K is one of my favorite races of the year; it begins in the Boston Common, races down Comm Ave towards BU and then makes its way back to the Common via Kenmore Square and the Comm Ave Mall (Beacon Street). Great race!
Date: Late June https://www.baa.org/races/baa-10k
Another flat and fast 5K that runs through Cambridgeport and the streets of MIT on a warm Thursday evening in July.
Date: Mid-July https://runsignup.com/SummerClassic5K
Falmouth Road Race
The second greatest race in Massachusetts. The Falmouth Road Race starts in Woods Hole, Cape Cod and runs a hot 7.1 miles to the finish line in Falmouth. The course is beautiful along the Cape Cod Coast, but it is often extremely hot. Bibs are tough to get, but if you can get one then definitely run this race classic.
Date: Mid-August https://falmouthroadrace.com/
Salem Road Race
The Salem Road Race is a new(er) 10K from the folks at Cambridge 5K. The beautiful course runs through the historic district of Salem, Mass, before finishing at the Notch Brewery & Taproom for post-race beers.
Date: Early September https://www.salemroadrace.com/
Malden Road Race
2019 will be the second annual Malden Road Race 10K. Running through the leafy streets of Malden, this race benefits Malden's Veterans, Malden's food industry and Malden brewers (Idle Hands).
Date: Mid-October https://www.maldenroadrace.com/
Gobble Gobble Gobble
Our favorite Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day in Davis Square (Somerville). And, the Burren pours endless Guinness after the 4-mile race.
Date: Thanksgiving Day https://www.srr.org/gobble/
Celebrate the season by running a fast (and cold) 5K in Harvard Square, and then warm up with a beer dance party post-race.
Date: Mid-December https://www.cambridge5k.com/yulefest
Also read our list of favorite Half Marathons in Massachusetts
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