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The Marine Corps Honor Run in South Boston—A Flat and Fast Springtime 5K
With terrific organization, 10 years of tradition, neighborhood pride, military bearing, and the colors of spring plus red, white and blue, this race serves as a way to honor uniformed personnel through the running community and the community at large; and it is evolving into a major New England classic!

The Marine Corps Honor Run in South Boston—A Flat and Fast Springtime 5K

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 19 April, 2011

The Marine Corps Honor Run—the name says it all! But this race is for everyone to participate and enjoy. What are you looking for when you sign up for a road race? Do you want to honor those who have served their country, support a worthy community charity, compete against some of the best New England runners in arguably the region’s fastest 5K, take a leisurely jog or walk with family and friends along the water? The Marine Corps Honor Run 5K boasts all of the above!

No matter what kind of a runner you are, from beginner to marathon qualifier, scholastic runner to Olympian, a member of the military or appreciative civilian, this race in South Boston is where you should toe the starting line on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

The atmosphere will be colorful and inspiring with hundreds of military personnel and law enforcement officers—many in uniform; and some of them will run the 5K in formation. There is a spirit about this run; there will be color guards with flags flying in the breeze, along with musicians and a spirit of camaraderie, and sense of purpose. This is much more than a race!

Now celebrating its 10th year, the Marine Corps Honor Run 5K has become a running celebration for the South Boston community, as well as an event to honor military personnel and police officers throughout the region. Brought to you by Conventures, with the able assistance of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, as well as the Semper Fidelis Society of Boston, this race has evolved to one of the most unique races in Boston. Check out details and register now at

Three major changes are obvious: It was once a 10K, then changed to a 5K to be more inclusive. It once toured the Blue Hills Reservation and then moved to South Boston to be more accessible (including close proximity to MBTA service—see Race Website for directions). And finally, it moved from a fall event toward the end of the season to embody a spring tune up and celebration—especially important since it now tours along Carson Beach, Day Boulevard, Pleasure Bay, and Castle Island. Oh yes, it runs adjacent to Marine Park as well.

Springtime in Southie and great views make this an especially sweet road race .The course is entirely flat and fast, taking in some of South Boston’s most striking waterfront scenery. Starting at Carson Beach it progresses north and then eastbound on William Day Boulevard to the hairpin turnabout at the intersection of Day and Farragut Street, in the shadow of Fort Independence. It is nearly all on William Day Boulevard, which borders Pleasure Bay. The out-and-back course follows the same route on the return; it passes the fort and presents views of the bay and the Boston Harbor beyond.

Last year the race attracted 1,000 runners, and should easily exceed that number this year. It has color and pageantry—you can’t help but be moved and happy to participate.

The race raises awareness for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, and is held in cooperation with the Semper Fi Society. The Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation was formed in 1995 by former Marines and law enforcement personnel. The Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation has awarded over 40 million dollars nationwide in scholarships and bonds to children of Marines and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Marine Corps Honor Run was organized for this purpose and raises awareness for this vital work while recognizing the sacrifices of our nation’s men and women in uniform.
Race Information
The Marine Corps Honor Run 5K starts Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. at Carson Beach in South Boston. This is arguably the fastest 5K course in eastern Massachusetts. The race website
DCR’s Carson Beach
165 Day Boulevard
South Boston, MA 02127
Awards (great prizes)go to:
Top 3 Overall Men
Top 3 Overall Women
1st Place Male Wheelchair Finisher
1st Place Female Wheelchair Finisher
1st Place Military Team
1st Place Law Enforcement Team
10-year Age Categories
The scenic course is an award in itself!

There will be distinctive custom race T-shirts for all participants. T-shirts and race packets may be picked up race morning at the registration tent adjacent to Carson Beach beginning at 7:30 a.m. There will be a “warm up” led by Marine Cadets beginning at 9:30.

You will have the chance to sample food and nutrition items from a variety of vendors before and after the event. And there is a Marine style “Pull Up Challenge”.

If you don’t want to run or walk, but still want to be part of this great event, consider volunteering for many of the jobs that make this race possible (see the Race Website under “Volunteer Opportunities”).

On-line registration is open until Thursday, May 5 at 9:00 a.m. and costs $26 (it is $15 for active duty and reserve military personnel and ROTC participants). Post-registration fee is $30.00 for race day sign up which will open at the tent at 7:30 a.m.

So remember, it’s a rare race that has it all – competitive and recreational running, leisurely walking, food, beverages, entertainment, a flat course with beautiful scenery, and a terrific cause. Where will you be on May 7th? South Boston will be hopping—give it a go and enjoy a flat, fast, well managed event while honoring those who serve.
For race questions please contact 1-888-767-RACE or email



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