Race to the Row
5K - Fast Mile - Kids Fun Run
Welcome to the Race to the Row
The Somerville Road Runners are proud to present the 6th annual Race to the Row in Assembly Square in our hometown of Somerville, MA. It's a series of events through Assembly Square and along the Mystic River. We have a Fast Mile, a 5K and a FREE Kids Fun Run! The 5K is open to runners, walkers, teams and families of all ages and abilities, ending with a fun-filled post-race party with food, drinks and beer served from the local restaurants and businesses! All proceeds will benefit East Somerville Main Streets as well as Somerville TrackPAC.
We'll start off with the Fast Mile, a 1 mile loop race in Assembly Row open to all ages. Runners in the mile must be able to complete the distance in 10 minutes or less. If you're planning on running the 5K as well, it's only $5 more to register to run the mile! Next is the free 1/8 mile Kid's Fun Run (age 9 and under) before the race with all kids getting a medal!
The first 400 registrants (signed up by August 1) to the 5K are guaranteed to receive a t-shirt, and all 5K and Mile registrants, and all volunteers will get free food, drinks and dessert afterward! But everyone can participate in the post-race festivities. Others can pay $10 to be able to eat and drink along with them. There will be an awards ceremony following the race for top finishers and age-group winners in Mens, Womens and Wheelchair divisions as well as team awards. All individual winners get medals!
PLEASE NOTE: We will have free bag check at the race for all runners. You are welcome to run with a stroller. We just ask that you DO NOT position yourself near the front. Unfortunately, your canine friends are NOT allowed to run in the races, so please leave them at home. Sorry.
2017 Fast Mile Race Results
Overall Female Winners
- First Place: Lori Chong: 6:15
- Second Place: Rebecca Levine: 6:36
- Third Place: Gina Celona: 6:49
Overall Male Winners
- First Place: Tim Harder 4:42 *NEW COURSE RECORD
- Second Place: Chris Knapp: 5:11
- Third Place: Mike Bridges: 5:21
2017 5K Race Results
Overall Female Winners
- First Place: Dan Downs: 20:25
- Second Place: Lori Chong: 20:58
- Third Place: Erin Morin: 21:11
Overall Male Winners
- First Place: Tim Harder: 16:33 *NEW COURSE RECORD
- Second Place: Patrick Haneberg: 17:18
- Third Place: Jon Cusick: 17:25
Age Group Awards are listed online
Fast Mile + 5K Overall Winners
- Female Winner: Lori Chong: 25:50
- Male Winner: Tim Harder: 21:54
- First Place: Somerville Road Runners: 1:37:59
- Second Place: Slumbrew Happy Soles: 1:59:07
- Third Place: November Project: 2:02:34
- Largest Team: November Project
2017 Race Photos
All photos are credited to Mario Pizzi Photography. Please feel free to download and re-post any photo with the condition that you give credit to the photographer.
Date, Events and Start Times
Saturday, August 25, 2018
- 12:00pm - 4:00pm: Pre-registered Early Packet Pickup in Assembly Row (exact location TBD)
Sunday, August 26, 2018
- 8:00am: Day-of registration and packet-pickup begins
- 9:00am: start of the Fast Mile
- 9:15am: start of the Kids' Fun Run
- 9:25am: start of 5K Wheelchair Division
- 9:30am: start of the 5K Run/Walk
- 10:00am: Post-party begins
- 10:30am: Awards Ceremony
- 1:00pm: Post-party ends
Online Registration will close on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 8:00am! After that time, you will need to register the morning of the race in person. Pre-registered runners and walkers will be able to pick up their race packets in Assembly Row at a location TBD, on Saturday, August 25 between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. We will also open up day-of registration at 8:00am in the race setup area for everyone.
The post-party will begin immediately after the 5K race and will go until 1:00pm. Food and music will be available to everyone there (FREE for those running the Mile or 5K, or volunteering, $10 for others).
Registration for the Fast Mile is $20 which includes the post-party but no t-shirt. On the day of the race, registration increases to $25. You can pre-register until Sunday, August 20 at 8:00am.
Registration for the 5K is $27 through Memorial Day (May 28), $32 through July 31st, and $37 afterward, which includes the post-party and t-shirt if you sign up early enough. On the day of the race, registration increases to $40. If you also want to run the Fast Mile, there will be an option to add that race for only $5 more ($10 more on race day)! You can pre-register for both the 5K Run and 5K Walk at EventBrite until Sunday, August 20 at 8:00am.
There will also be day-of sign-up at the event starting at 8:00am. Those who pre-register before Saturday, Aug. 25 by 9:00am will be able to pick up their packet early at at a place TBD in Assembly Row. You will also be able to pick up your packet on Sunday at the event starting at 8:00am.
You do not need to pre-register for the Children's Fun Run. Simply show up before the race and fill out the registration form. Please note the the food and beverages in the post-party are not included with the kids run.
We couldn't possibly put on this race and raise money for our charities without the generous support of our volunteers every year. You can even run the race and still volunteer! If you enjoy the Race to the Row and would like to be more involved, we'd love for you to lend a hand. There are many different types of tasks we need help with on race day, as well as early registration pickup the day before. Volunteer signup is not open yet, but a link will be provided as we get closer to the event.
We're building up our prizes list now! Men's, Women's and Wheelchair top finishers and age-group winners will get prizes. And all individual winners get Race to the Row medals!! Largest team and fastest team will also get prizes, so keep recruiting runners to your teams. We are still building are prize list for the categories!
Things are still in the works, but every year is keeps getting bigger and better! After coming through the finish of the 5K, runners will be guided back to the post-race party. Bananas aplenty will be available thanks to Boston Organics. Your post-race meal will be provided by Ernesto's Pizza. Quench your thirst with beer from Harpoon (21+ only). Other beverages will be provided as well. And dessert comes from another local favorite and one of our big sponsors, JP Licks, who is providing multiple flavors of ice cream to choose from. We are planning on serving gluten-free and vegan options. For those who aren't running or walking the 5K, you can pay $10 to enjoy the food, beer and activities of the party.
And this year again, for the kids, we will have a bouncy house. It's free for all kids to play in. We will have volunteers stationed there throughout to ensure safety.
Location and Directions
Newly-built Courtyard between Foley Street and Revolution Drive
Somerville, MA 02145
We've got a brand new location for the race headquarters and post-party. Assembly Row has built a permanent courtyard just perfect for our event. It's located between Foley Street and Revolution Drive, a block down from the T stop. If you're using public transportation, the new Assembly Station on the Orange Line will bring you right to the course, a few hundred yards from the starting line. When you get off the T, follow the signs for Foley Street. You will go over a bridge and down a flight of stairs. When you are on Foley Street, head away from the T station. You should see our race headquarters on your right. You can use the MBTA Trip Planner to help out.
If you plan on driving, there are free parking lots in Assembly Square which you will be guided towards on the day of the race. You can get directions by entering your starting address:
There will be signs directing you to registration and bag check. These will all be situated in a roped-off area of a parking lot off Foley St.. All participants can leave their bags with our volunteers at the starting area and they will be at the same place when they finish. There will also be signs pointing runners to the starting areas of the races.
Fast Mile Course
The course is a USATF-certified mile that loops around Assembly Square. It begins and ends right by the registration area. The route is flat and fast and all on paved roads or bikepath. You can view the mile course here. The exact starting and finishing lines may still be adjusted. NOTE!! While the Fast Mile is for all ages, runners must be able to finish the course within 10 minutes due to traffic.
The course is a USATF-certified 5K that winds through and around Assembly Square in Somerville. It's a semi-double-loop that starts and finishes by the intersection of Grand Union Blvd and Artisan Way. The route is flat and fast and all on roads. You can view the 5K course here. The exact starting and finishing lines may still be adjusted.
Course Record Holders
Fast Mile Female: 5:36 Sarah Pandiscio (2016)
Fast Mile Male: 4:42 Tim Harder (2017)
5K Female: 18:03 Kath Hardcastle (2015)
5K Male: 16:33 Tim Harder (2017)
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About our Charities
Since our inaugural year in 2013, we have donated $18,500 to East Somerville Main Streets. ESMS is a non-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the East Broadway Business District as the heart of the East Somerville community and as a vibrant destination, and improving the quality of life of all those who live in or visit East Somerville. This is accomplished through volunteer-driven events and initiatives which play off of the unique characteristics of the neighborhood in order to further develop that character.
We've donated $5,500 to Somerville TrackPAC, which provides college scholarships for Somerville High School students.
We've also donated $3,500 to the Somerville Auxiliary Police.
Race Director: Scott Abrams