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 5th 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 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.
Date, Events and Start Times
Saturday, August 19, 2017
- 12:00pm - 4:00pm: Pre-registered Early Packet Pickup at American Fresh Brewhouse
Sunday, August 20, 2016
- 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 7:00am! 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 a to-be-determined spot 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 Saturday, August 22 at 2:00pm.
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 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 before Friday, Aug. 26 will be able to pick up their packet early at American Fresh Brewhouse on Foley 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're building up our prizes list now! Men's, Women's and Wheelchair top finishers and age-group winners will get prizes. And new this year, 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 Blue Fuji restaurant, American Fresh Brewhouse, Outback Steakhouse and Marathon Sports.FAST MILE:
- Fastest Male and Female
- Largest team
- Fastest team
(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
- Male and Female Age-Group Winners
- Fastest Male and Female Mile + 5K
- 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: 4:44 Tim Harder (2016)
5K Female: 18:03 Kath Hardcastle (2015)
5K Male: 16:37 Christopher Klucznik (2016)
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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