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Welcome to the website of the Somerville Road Runners, Somerville Massachusetts' oldest running club. Bordering Boston and Cambridge, we're a motley crew that works hard, but doesn't let that get in the way of having a good time. SRR is a charitable, non-profit organization that sponsors many events a year including weekly runs, track workouts, annual races and even competitive but delicious cook-offs! Our club welcomes new members of all abilities. Read on to find out what we've been up to lately.



Where: Hormel Stadium, Medford MA (map)
When: Sunday June 11, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

26 runners from your club. 1 mile each. Amazing team spirit all around. Cambridge Running Club were the winners of the 2016 Challenge Cup (the most prestigious symbol of the fastest running club in New England!) and are out to defend it this year. Can your running club win the Cup? It will take 26 of your finest and fittest runners. Team registration opens May 12th at noon!!

26x1 Club Challenge facebook page

Next Race: M.O.M.s RUN 5K

Where: Upton MA

When: Saturday April 1st @ 10am

• Race #1 - Dec 11 - Yulefest 5K, Cambridge MA

• Race #2 - Jan 22 - Dreamfar 10K, Sharon MA

• Race #3 - Feb 5 - Super 5K, Lowell MA
or Super Sunday 5K, Cambridge MA

• Race #4 - Mar 11 - Black Cat 20 Mile Allie Relay, Salem MA
(relay only)

• Race #5 - May 14 - M.O.M.s RUN 5K, Somerville MA

• Race #6 - Jun TBD - SRR 26x1 Relay, Medford MA

5th ANNUAL RACE TO THE ROW 5K - Fast Mile - Kids Fun Run

SRR Annual Event: 5th ANNUAL RACE TO THE ROW 5K - Fast Mile - Kids Fun Run

Where: 275 Foley St, Assembly Square, Somerville MA (map)
When: Sunday, August 20th @ 9:00 a.m.

The Race to the Row 5K will run through the Assembly Square District and along the Mystic River, ending with a fun-filled post-party and beer garden! There's also a free Kids Fun Run, and the Fast Mile! Proceeds will be donated to East Somerville Main Streets, the Somerville TrackPAC and Somerville Auxiliary Police.

Click here to REGISTER TODAY!

Weekly Track Workout

Tuesday, June 20 - 7:00 PM OUTDOOR TRACK

I don't know if the track will be open for us this week or not.  I did see people running on late last week but they are also still working on the infield.  Therefore, our workout will depend upon what the final situation is.  I don't expect us to be impacted beyond this week though.


If the track is open:


"Deek" session. 

This is a short workout.  It is one continuous run on the track.  Think of it as a 5k pace session.  You alernate the pace  between your 5k race pace (for a full lap) and then "float" pace (for half of a lap).  "Float" pace is the pace of your normal, easy training runs.  (Not the ones where you go hard.  The easy, recovery runs.)  But it is an honest running pace, not the normal recovery jogs we do at track.  It should give you enough recovery to go back into 5k race pace after 200 meters.

The total distance you will run (alternating these two paces) is really up to you by my suggestion is to base it upon your weekly mileage.

If you are running less than 50 miles per week, you should run 4800 meters total.  Think of it as 8 sets of [400 at 5k pace, then 200 float]. 

If you are running more than 50 miles per week and you feel up to it, change it to TEN sets.  That is 6000 meters total.


If the track is NOT open

Fast Miles around Campus

We will use a loop which Steve Burton had us use many years ago.    The loop starts right at College Avenue, where the lower track parking lot is.  It is basically all right-turns, mostly on the sidewalk.  From the lot you proceed as follows

  1. Run down College Ave to Powderhouse Circle

  2. Go right and right again down Powderhouse Boulevard towards Packard Ave

  3. Turn right at Packard Ave and run up the hill

  4. Turn right at Talbot Ave (the first road you come to) and head down back toward College Ave.

  5. Turn right again at College Ave back to the Parking lot


According to Google maps, this loop is 1.1 miles.  Everyone will run 3 of these.  Everyone will run the first rep at threshold intensity.  After that, you have two choices as to how you run the next two.  You may either run the remaining two as threshold with 1:00 rests, or you may run them just plain hard -- like 5k race pace hard or faster -- with 3:00 rests.  It is up to you.


Deb Downs crushes Boston 2017

SRR Race Results

SRR Attacked the Boston Marathon again in 2017. Battles were won. Battles were lost. Legends were made.

Left: Ooooh! Boston Marathon! You're so scary! Deb looks terrified of you. (Photo by Paul Nelson)