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Run for Fun! (And for the Fells)

Run for Fun! (And for the Fells)

The Friends of the Fells’ First Annual Trail 5K & Family Fun Fest

Presented by Whole Foods Market

Sunday November 6, 2016 from Medford High School

Love to run? Well, this fall a new trail race is coming to the Fells. Join us – where you’ll be treated to a wide range of fun activities certain to please you and any friends or family who come to cheer you on. Grab your sneakers and join us on November 6th from 12pm to 5pm for the first-ever “Fall for the Fells” Trail 5K and Fall Fun Fest.

“Like Whole Foods Market, the Friends of the Fells is community-focused.That’s what this event is all about- bringing the community together to celebrate healthy, active lifestyles while enjoying family activities and a fabulous seasonal fair!”

– Matthew Robertson, Marketing & Community Relations, WFM

The race route begins directly behind Medford High School (489 Winthrop Street in Medford), and almost immediately veers off into the woods on the Mustang trail (orange blazes) before continuing on the Cross Fells trail (blue blazes) all the way to just before South Border Road. There will be one water stop at the halfway point. The route ends back behind the high school, where you can sprint to the finish line at the base of the stairs to the athletic field.

This race is great for everyone! Avid trail runners will love our challenging yet manageable course. For newbies, our 3.1 mile route in the scenic woods behind the high school will be just the introduction you need.

Kids aged 13 or younger are welcome to run the full 5k, accompanied by another runner aged 18 or over: a fun activity to introduce children to trail running. Children older than 13 can run without the accompaniment of an adult – with the permission of a parent or guardian.

Directly after the 5k, runners will enjoy an awards ceremony followed by an awesome autumnal family festival featuring food trucks, kids’ fun runs, scavenger hunts, and more.

Click this link to register today!!

Register early; space is limited! T-shirts will be given to the first 250 runners who register.

Friends of the Fells members receive a discount. (A discount code has been e-mailed separately. If you did not receive it, let us know.)

If you want to help out – or if running’s not your thing – then sign up to be a volunteer! You may register as an individual and then use the code FELLSVOL. You will not be charged and you will be flagged as a volunteer. We’ll have many volunteer roles, including same day bib pick-up, timing assistants, course marshals, water tables, children’s activity leaders, and more. And thank you for supporting the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation – see you there!

If you’d like to run AND volunteer (mostly set-up roles) you also get free registration.  If you’d like to do that, please email prior to registering.

Organized with community support from Whole Foods Markets, Marathon Sports, the Medford Family Network, DCR, and Mustangs of the Fells, all proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Fells.

Time and Location:

Sunday November 6, 2016 at Medford High School and Middlesex Fells Reservation

12pm to 5pm

Kids’ race starts at 12:30pm (a shorter, untimed fun run)

5k trail race starts at 1:00pm

Registration options

13 and under adult and child combo $25 for members and $30 for non-members
Individual (aged 14 and up) $20 for Friends of the Fells members
Individual (aged 14 and up) $25 for non-members


Register online:


Age Group Awards:

The first three male and female finishers from the following age groups will be eligible for age group awards.

Under 10 (single admission, running with an adult)

10 – 13 (single admission, running with an adult)

14 – 19

20 – 29

30 – 39

40 – 49

50 – 59

60 +


For more information about the trail 5k race, contact:

Shane McNally

Neil Anderson

For sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Danielle Herrera

For more information about the Family Fun Fest, contact:

Ann Frenning Kossuth

For volunteer opportunities, contact:

Lindsay Beal


    1. Lisa Ballew

      Hi, and thanks for posting a link to my blog! This is going to be a great trail run.

      I write all about my adventures with friends, kids, and dogs in the Fells as well as other nearby outdoor spots every week. I hope you check it out 🙂

      Friends of the Fells, you do AMAZING things. So glad you’re keeping pace with our ever-changing world, and reminding us of the beauty right outside on our doorstep.

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