Beginner Friendly Running Events in Worcester, Massachusetts

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JUL6
Franklin 4th of July Celebration 5K
Franklin, MA, United States

The race will kick off at 11:00am. Adult Road Race will start at the Town Common (200 Main Street). Mile splits will be given at 1st and 2nd miles. A water station will be available at the 2-mile mark. Make sure you look for the orange arrows along the route. Please be extra careful of cars along Maple Street.

$25
Franklin 4th of July Celebration 5K
JUL4
Charles River YMCA Independence Day 5K
Needham, MA, United States

JOIN US for our Annual YMCA of Greater Boston 5K Road Race Series. Six branches of the YMCA of Greater Boston are collaborating to provide a race series this summer and fall. Run in three of the six races, and receive a FREE YMCA of Greater Boston Road Race T-Shirt (while supplies last).

$30 - $35
Charles River YMCA Independence Day 5K
JUL13
Run For Ryan Memorial 5K Trail Race
Killingly, CT, United States

This is a family friendly 5K Run/Walk event in honor of Ryan French. Ryan was a resident of Thompson and a student in the Ag-Ed Program at Killingly High School. While at KHS, Ryan was a 3-year Varsity runner in Cross Country, 2-year Varsity runner in Outdoor Track, an ECC All-Star in both sports, and a Scholar Athlete. Ryan had a significant impact on the people around him, both young and old alike. The proceeds from this race will be going into the Ryan French Memorial Scholarship Fund which provides Scholarships to well deserving Killingly Ag-Ed Seniors going onto higher education.

Free - $20
Run For Ryan Memorial 5K Trail Race
SEP22
Dudley Pond Run
Wayland, MA, United States

Starting at Mansion Beach, first mile has small, rolling hills and follows the shoreline of the pond. Starting at the one-mile mark, the course turns away from the pond and heads uphill to the halfway mark. The route loops back and eventually heads back to the finish line at Mansion Beach. A fast downhill section ends the run. Walkers follow the same route, but turn around at the 1 mile mark. There are several kids' courses based on age, ranging from 25 yards to a quarter mile.

$6 - $20
Dudley Pond Run
OCT12
Jack's Abby United Way 5K
Framingham, MA, United States

Jack's Abby Craft Lagers has teamed up with the United Way of Tri-County (UTWC) to sponsor the 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser. The run will begin and end at Jacks Abby Craft Lagers brewery and beer hall located at 100 Clinton Street in Framingham.

$30
Jack's Abby United Way 5K
SEP2
Walpole Labor Day Road Race
Walpole, MA, United States

We cordially invite you to this years Walpole Labor Day Road Race. The Herb Lewis Memorial and John D. Murphy and Co. 10K Race (6.2 miles) and Walpole Ed 5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles) start and finish at Walpole High School. For the last five years, the Marathon Sports Youth Mile has been a welcome addition to race day with over 80 young athletes competing. All three races are organized to benefit the Walpole High School Cross Country and Track and Field Teams. We expect over 600 participants, many volunteers, and loads of cheering spectators!

$15 - $30
Walpole Labor Day Road Race
SEP22
Benefit 5K/10K for Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
Concord, MA, United States

5K & 10K COURSES NEWLY CERTIFIED BY USATF! Run, walk, or cheer alongside UTA PIPPIG world-renowned long-distance runner and fitness motivator and our Honorary Chair for the 14th consecutive year! All proceeds support education and preservation at one of America's oldest and most authentically-preserved historic house museums.

$10 - $30
Benefit 5K/10K for Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
OCT13
Wayland XC Festival
Wayland, MA, United States

The Wayland XC Festival is held at the Wayland High School in Wayland, Massachusetts.

This is an exciting cross country race through fields and wooded trails benefiting the Wayland High School Cross Country teams. With a youth race and an open race, this event provides one of the few open cross-country running opportunities for kids and adults in Massachusetts. Whether you are new to cross-country or a veteran of the trails, this is a race for you!

$6
Wayland XC Festival

What you need to know about Beginner Friendly Running Events

Whether you’re completely new to running or just getting back into the swing of things, we’ve got some great race recommendations to get you started. Chosen by our team, these are some of our favourite events for first-timers. 5k races & 10k races are perfect for beginners, they tend to be relatively flat (always check the elevation just in case) and there’ll usually be a great crowd to cheer you on.

Find the right running event for you

To keep motivated try to run with friends and to organise a race a few months away as something to work towards. Running as a sport is very inclusive, people love to chat and give a boost to those around them! Practice makes perfect so with the right training you can achieve anything. Start small and it won’t be long before you’re a total professional tackling the bigger races.

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