I ran this 5K the day before the Boston Marathon. Created by the Watertown Police, the idea behind it is that the police had to lock down Watertown in the wake of the 2013 Marathon bombings, as the remaining bomber was eventually captured in Watertown. Feeling strongly that curtailing residents' freedom is not why police officers become officers of the peace, the Police Supervisors’ Association decided to commemorate the anniversary of the events that led to the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects by inviting the community to fill the streets of Watertown in a celebratory 5K road race and walk. Having followed the horrifying events of 2013, as did most runners, being able to run with abandon through the Watertown streets was incredibly moving. I cannot recommend this one enough.
Watertown is an old New England city, so the course includes some rolling terrain. And the streets have potholes--it's what you expect after winter in Massachusetts, so look sharp!
Proceeds benefit the WPSA, Watertown Police Relief Association, youth community programming and school safety initiatives.
Some other police officers from neighboring areas participate, and the pre-race ceremonies are appropriately respectful in remembering the victims.
The race starts and finishes at Tufts Health Plan, 705 Mount Auburn Street with chip timing, prizes to top male/female finishers, team awards, plus various age categories. Runners and walkers welcome — tell your friends and bring the kids!