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 third annual Race to the Row 5K in Assembly Square in our hometown of Somerville, MA. It's a run, walk and wheelchair race through Assembly Square and along the Mystic River. The race is open to runners, 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.
But before the 5K, we also have a couple other events. We're going to have our first annual Fast Mile Race, 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. There in no online registration for this race. It's only $5 and you sign up the day of the race. Runners are allowed to run both the Fast Mile and the 5K!
There will also be a free 1/8 mile Kid's Fun Run (age 9 and under) before the race with all kids getting a medal!
The first 300 registrants to the 5K are guaranteed to receive cool swag, and all paid 5K registrants will get free food, drinks and dessert afterward! All 5K racers and voluinteers 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 in Mens, Womens and Wheelchair divisions as well as team awards.
Date, Events and Start Times
Sunday, August 23, 2015
- 9:00am for the Fast Mile
- 9:15am for the Kids' Fun Run
- 9:25am for 5K Wheelchair Division
- 9:30am for the Run/Walk 5K
Registration for the 5K is open! Pre-registered runners and walkers will be able to pick up their race packets, which includes a t-shirt if you are one of the first 300 registrants, at the Adidas Outlet Store in Assembly Row, 100 Foley St, Somerville, MA 02145, on Saturday, August 22 between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. We will also open up day-of registration at 8:00am in the race setup area.
The post-party will begin immediately after the race and will go until 1:00pm. Food and music will be available to everyone there (FREE for those running the 5K or volunteering, $10 for others).
Registration for the 5K is $25 through Memorial Day (May 25), and $35 afterward, which includes cool swag if you sign up early enough. On the day of the race, registration increases to $40. You can pre-register for both the 5K Run and 5K Walk at RaceMenu until Saturday, August 22 at 2:00pm.
There will also be day-of sign-up at the event starting at 8:00am. Those who pre-register will be able to pick up their packet early at the new Adidas Outlet shop in Assembly Row. You will also be able to pick up your packet on Sunday at the event starting at 8:00am.
There is no online registration or pre-registration for the Fast Mile. You will need to sign up the day of the race by 8:45am at the registration table. Just fill out the waiver and pay $5 and you get your bib. Please note the the food and beverages in the post-party are not included with this registration.
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're building up our prizes list now! Men's, Women's and Wheelchair top-three finishers will get prizes. Largest team and fastest team will also get prizes, so keep recruiting runners to your teams.5K TEAMS:
- Largest team gets $200 gift certificate to Flatbread Company in Davis Square for food and bowling!
- Fastest team gets $100 gift certificate also to Flatbread Company!
(fastest team is based on overall time of first five team members who finish with at least one being female)
- Pairs of shoes of your choice from the Adidas or Reebok Outlet Store
- Gift certificates from the American Fresh Taproom from Slumbrew
- Somerville Road Runners summer gear gift packages (SRR drawstring bag with tech shirt, visor, koozy and bottle opener)
- Tickets to the Somerville Foodie Crawl
- Free entries to SRR's premiere races, the Gobble Gobble Gobble on Thanksgiving morning, and An Ras Mor next spring.
- Free memberships to the Somerville Road Runners running club
- More to come...
- Fastest Male and Female each get a prize TBD!
- All runners get a medal!
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 Brewery (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. We're proud to partner with Bootsrap Compost who will be collecting compostable trash after you're done eating. 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 new this year, for the kids, we will have a bouncy house on the lawn. It's free for all kids to play in. We will have volunteers stationed there throughout to ensure safety.
Location and Directions
301 Canal Street
Somerville, MA 02145
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 out of the station walk North on Great River Road (if the train is behind you, turn Right). Go past the parking lot on your left and you will see the registration area just afterward. 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 the parking areas, registration and bag check. These will all be situated around the intersection of Canal Street and Assembly Row. All participants can leave their bags with our volunteers at the starting area and they will be at the same place when they finish.
The course is a measured 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.
Fast Mile Course
The course is a measured mile that loops around Assembly Row. It begins and ends right by registration. The route is flat and fast and all on roads. 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.
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About our Charities
Since our inaugural year in 2013, we have donated over $7,000 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 $1,000 to Somerville TrackPAC, which provides college scholarships for Somerville High School students.
We've also donated $500 to the Somerville Auxiliary Police.
Race Director: Scott Abrams