The Race to the Row Presents...
the IT Band!!

The IT Band...Live!!

performing on stage right after the race

3rd Annual Race to the Row 5K Assembly Row 301 Canal Street, East Somerville Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:30am $25 early-bird through Memorial Day (Mon, May. 25)
$35 pre-registration through Sat, Aug. 22 | $40 day-of registration

Race Information

Welcome to the Race to the Row

The Somerville Road Runners are proud to present the second annual Race to the Row 5K in Assembly Square in our hometown of Somerville, MA. It's a run, a walk and new this year also a wheelchair event. The race is open to runners, teams and families of all ages and abilities. There will be a 1/8 mile Kid's Fun Run (age 9 and under) before the race with all kids getting a medal!

The Race to the Row will run through the Assembly Square District and along the Mystic River, ending with a fun-filled post-race party with food and drinks served from the newest local restaurants and live music supplied by the IT Band! All proceeds will benefit the East Somerville Main Streets program as well as Somerville TrackPAC (provides college scholarships for Somerville High School students).

The first 300 registrants are guaranteed to receive a race t-shirt, and all paid registrants will get free food, drinks and dessert afterward! But all racers, voluinteers and members of the cheering crowds can participate in the post-race festivities. There will be an awards ceremony following the race for top finishers in Mens, Womens and Wheelchair divisions.

There will be plenty of more details to come as Assembly Row grows and new businesses and restaurants start opening their doors!

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.



We're building up our prizes list now! Men's, Women's and Wheelchair top-three finishers will get prizes.

  • Ticktets 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
Post-race food and beverages

Post-race Party

After coming through the finish, runners will be guided back to the post-race party. 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 six different flavors of ice cream to choose from. Meanwhile enjoy the live music from The IT Band.

August calendar

Date, Events and Start Times

Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • 9:15am for the Kids' Fun Run
  • 9:25am for 5K Wheelchair Division
  • 9:30am for the Run/Walk 5K

Registration will open shortly! 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.



Registration for this event is $25 through Memorial Day (May 25), and $35 afterward, which includes a t-shirt 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 23 at 8:00pm. 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.

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.

Assembly Row Location

Location and Directions

Assembly Square
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:



The course is a measured 5K that winds through and around Assembly Square in Somerville. It's a double-loop that starts and finishes by the historic arches along the Mystic River shore. 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.

East Somerville Main Streets

About our Charity

East Somerville Main Streets 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.




Telephone: Scott Abrams @ (617)233-3758

SRR's Race to the Row is proud to be affiliated with the following organizations and businesses: