Race to the Row
5K - Fast Mile - Kids Fun Run
Thank you so much for coming out to the 5th Annual Race to the Row!
The Somerville Road Runners and a continuing hot summer hope you enjoyed our event. We've had tremendous growth since we started this four years ago, and we couldn't have done it without such a supportive running community.
If you have any questions or concerns with the timing please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
We welcome any feedback, both positive and negative, which can help us make a better event for everyone involved. Please feel free to contact us with any thoughts you might have about registration, the races, the party, etc.
We hope you enjoyed the services and help from our sponsors: Federal Realty, Outback Physical Therapy, Harpoon Brewery, Nike, Ernestos, JP Licks, American Fresh Beer Garden, Cambridge Health Alliance, Wegmans, Paddle Boston, Ameriprise.
And we hope you'll come out again next year for the the 6th Annual Race to the Row.
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 19, 2017
- 12:00pm - 4:00pm: Pre-registered Early Packet Pickup at American Fresh Beer Garden in Assembly Row
Sunday, August 20, 2017
- 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. 20 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 at Slumbrew American Fresh Beer Garden in Assembly Row, on Saturday, August 19 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 $25 through Memorial Day (May 30), $30 through July 31st, and $35 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. 19 by 9:00am will be able to pick up their packet early at American Fresh Beer Garden on Canal St. 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.
Sign up to volunteer online at: Race to the Row Volunteer Sign Up Sheet
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. Other prizes include gift certificates to American Fresh Brewhouse, Nike and Marathon Sports.FAST MILE:
- Fastest Male and Female each get a medal + $25 gift certificate to Marathon Sports
- Largest team $200 gift certificate to Slumbrew American Fresh Beer Garden
- Fastest team $100 gift certificate also to Slumbrew American Fresh Beer Garden
(fastest team is based on overall time of first five team members who finish with at least one being female)
- Overall Male and Female Winners medals + gift certificates:
- $100 to Slumbrew American Fresh Beer Garden
- $50 to Nike Outlet
- $25 to Marathon Sports
- Male and Female Age-Group Winners medals
- Fastest Male and Female each get an SRR Backpack/Cooler/Stool
- All runners get a medal!
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
275 Foley Street (corner of Grand Union Blvd)
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 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. Cross over Grand Union Blvd. and you should see our race headquarters across the street on the left. 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