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Spectacle Island Virtual 5K

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A message from Boston Harbor Now:

Run, walk, or roll a 5K any way you want! You choose the time, the views, and the surface. You can get up early and run along the Harborwalk in South Boston, go out on your lunch break and jog or walk the sidewalks in your neighborhood, or get on your treadmill as the sun is setting and crank out 3.1 miles while you binge your favorite show.

You do not have to be local to participate — challenge your friends and family wherever they might be.

When you finish the run, submit your finisher's photo (unique to each race) and the screenshot/url link of your time. You will have 48 hours to complete and submit your results back to this page.

Registration is $20, and all proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now in our efforts to provide access to Boston Harbor and islands for underserved communities across the Boston area.



- Printable bib
- Certificate of Completion
- A ferry ticket to visit the Harbor Islands in the future
- A free lunch voucher from Boloco
- Virtual race bag with goodies from our sponsors


- Massachusetts residents are required to wear a cloth face covering in public places, including while exercising
- Stay at least six feet away from other people -Do not congregate in groups -Participate only in non-contact recreational activities
- Wash hands, use hand sanitizer, and cover coughs and sneezes
- Stay home if you feel sick and/or are part of a vulnerable population
- Respect all closures (playgrounds, exercise course, ball fields)


- As always, please be kind and share the pathways
- Always pass to the left, keeping at least six feet of distance
- If you are not able to pass with recommended distance, please wait
- If space is constricted, please yield to others and walk in single file when passing
- Keep to manageable speeds and stay right to allow others to pass
- Per park rules, dogs must be on leashes (Yes, even the good dogs)


South Boston - Route 1 (out and back) -
South Boston - Route 2 -
Downtown Route -
Charlestown Route -
East Boston Route -

How to enter the Spectacle Island Virtual 5K

Once you register, you'll need to finish the distance in any interval or pace within the completion timeframe designated for your Virtual Event.

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How to complete a Virtual Event

Participating in a virtual event means you can complete the distance at any time within the event timeframe in a location of your choice.
Here's what you need to do:


Preparing your virtual event

  • Secure your virtual spot in the event by booking your ticket
  • Plan your ideal route
    Make sure the route is at least the event length and as traffic free as possible
  • Download a distance tracking app
  • Ensure your phone and/or GPS watch is fully charged

During your event

  • Record your activity on a tracker and take a screenshot
    This can be either a phone or a GPS watch.
  • Complete your activity in the designated event completion timeframe
  • Make sure you go the event distance
    But don't worry if you go a bit further, we'll calculate your finish time.
  • Take a Finisher's Photo to share with your fellow finishers

Submitting your result

  • Head back to this event page to submit your results
    Make sure to submit your results within the event completion timeframe
  • Upload a screenshot of your activity tracker or GPS watch to verify your results
    You can still participate and submit results without this, but we won't be able to verify your results.
  • Provide your finish time and overall distance
    If you run further than the race distance, we'll adjust your time down to the correct distance based on your pace.
  • Share your Finisher's Photo on the Finish Line gallery
    Get featured on our Finish Line where you can celebrate your achievement and inspire others to get active.

Frequently asked questions

How do I record my activity?
To record your run, you will need to download a run tracking app that is able to track your distance and time. Popular apps include Strava, Nike Run Club, MapMyRun, and RunKeeper, and are available in the app store for free on your phone. For more details on our favourite running apps check out our blog post.
Are there time cutoffs for Virtual Events?
Virtual Events are fantastic in that they can be completed at any pace and location. The only restriction on how long you take is the event submission window, which is generally 48 hours, giving you lots of time to complete your event.
Can I run further than the race distance?
Yes, you can complete a distance further than what the event requires. All you need to do is input distance travelled and time, and we will adjust it down to the time it took to complete the event distance.
Can I do my distance over a few days and break it up and add up my total time to submit?
Unfortunately, while you can complete the distance at any pace, it must be completed in one go. In order to make the virtual experience as close to a physical event as possible, please submit your total elapsed time that it took to complete your chosen distance rather than total moving time. This will take into account any breaks or stops taken during completion, and mimic the experience of a physical event.
If offered, when will the post-race goodies be mailed?
Any race goodies or merchandise will be posted by the Event Organiser as soon as possible after the event. Please contact the Event Organiser if you have further enquiries about race swag.
Can I run the event at any time of the day?
You will find the event start time on the event page. Once the event starts, you can complete the event any time within the submission window. Make sure to upload your result and picture within the submission window to verify your results!
Have a question about this event? Ask our team member below and we'll get back to you. In the meantime, visit our Help Center

For more advice about virtual events, see our Virtual Event Handbook here.

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