- 3 miles/5K
- Road Race
There's always plenty of options for fun, family-friendly 5ks in the Boston area this time of year, and the Boston River Run stands out as a solid option for runners looking for a fast course with great views of the Charles River. With the Fall colors fully in bloom in mid-November, runners are treated to a beautiful course (if you slow down long enough to take it in!).
The run/post-race party takes place at DCR’s Artesani Park, on Soldiers Field Road in Boston. While I opted to Uber to the race start, I was surprised to see plenty of parking available - not an easy feat for a city race! I had not been able to make it to the packet pick-up organizers scheduled during the week, but luckily had no issues picking up my bib and shirt on race morning.
The race itself started right on time, at 9 am. The field of runners is pretty small for this event - well under 1,000 runners. This was probably a good thing, because the start chute was slightly cramped as it was with everyone squeezing to fit on the narrow bike path the route followed. The route is a small loop of the bike path and the only minor "hill" comes from the bridge runners cross to get to the other side of the Charles. Other than that, the course is pancake flat. A blessing for runners trying to truly race this 5k!
The vibe of this 5k is definitely low-key. Runners got water after crossing the finish line and there were a few vendors sampling juice, kale chips and a few other healthy options, but it was definitely a smaller food selection than what I've seen at other 5ks. For $33 (or less if you register earlier than I did), you get a nice long-sleeved running shirt (men and women's cut available), and a scenic, fast course. Not a bad deal, and overall a really fun way to spend a beautiful Sunday Fall morning in Boston!