2021 MRC Racing Series

January 10th, 2021

The MRC Racing Series continues!

January was pretty much a wash out. Our usual local races were cancelled and there wasn’t much going on across the country.

This year we will have more 5K and 10K races and few half marathons.

This will allow everyone to collect points and have a chance to finish at the top. I realize that not everyone likes to run half marathons even if there is a cool prize.

We need a few halfs so people can get into the 2021 Virtual 100 Mile Club. Otherwise people would be running a race almost every week.

To give everyone options, there will be several 5K and 10K races each month. You can run as many or as few as you like.

Some will be virtual and may be in another state. Most of the virtual races I have selected sponsor a good cause that I hope some people will be interested in supporting.

Believe it or not, there are several in-person races in February!

The Super Sunday 5 Miler and 5K in Kendal Square is the first! There is a Melrose Team and six people have already signed up!

There is also a Super Sunday 4 Miler in Bedford, NH which you can run in-person or virtually.

In the Mardi Gras theme we have the King Cake Virtual 5K and 10K from February 6 through 16th.

The next three races in February are out of state virtual races which support cancer research or benefit families effected by Autism.

The March is On!

March starts with the Virtual Maui 5K which you can run from March 1st through 7th and dream of that beautiful island!

On March 13th there is the Green Stride St. Patty’s 5K and 10K in-person and the South Boston Boys & Girls Club Virtual 5K. If you are really ambitious you could run two races that day. Just saying.

South Boston actually gives you through March 21st to run.

The Green Stride races feature BEER, race photos and finish line videos!

March 13 also has the Virtual Pajama Run 5K. This race raises money to provide children in need with a complete new bed set delivered to their home.

I couldn’t pass up The Imaginary Pi Day 5K on 3.14! All of us can get a little geek on and run in circles for this virtual race. If you want to drive to Burlington, VT you can run this race in person.

We round out March with the West Elementary Virtual 5K on March 20th.

And the Rest of the Year?

Many races have not posted information for 2021. Some races that are currently in-person may have to go virtual or may be cancelled.

I want to feature as many local 5Ks as possible. But the further out you go out the less certainty there is.

So instead of providing a list of races that may not happen, I’m going to wait and add to the schedule every few weeks.

If you have an idea for races please let me know. I’m really interested in local in-person races.

Happy Running!


More December 5Ks

November 20th, 2020

I just added three more virtual 5Ks for December

Pete Fretes 5K

Run between December 5th and 13th. Registration is $25.

After five successful years of raising enough funds to build and maintain Pete’s Park in Beverly, this year we are contributing all funds raised to the Sean M. Healey and AMG Center for ALS at Mass General.

Funds will be allocated to immediate use in a groundbreaking expanded access program, funding the home-care component as part of the partnership between the Healey Center and Compassionate Care ALS.

This program honors Pete’s legacy, and the Frates family’s focus on prioritizing more accessible homecare for those who are directly affected by ALS.

This race allows teams.

Festivus 5K for Autism

Run this race between December 13th and 20th. Registration is $25.00

Your registration fee and any additional donation will help fund COVID-19 education expenses for students with autism at the Northshore Education Consortium in Beverly, MA.

Fitzgerald PT/Melrose Fire Virtual 5K Run/Walk

Run this race on December 6th. Registration is $35 and they do not have a teams option.

They specify running at 11 AM, but it is a virtual race.

A portion of this year’s proceeds will go to the Melrose Fire Department Boston University EMS Scholarship Fund.

This will allow a Melrose, MA graduating Senior to attend Boston University’s Emergency Medical Technician Program. Boston University is one of the nation’s top ranked universities has been training Emergency Medical Technicians for over 20 years.