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The 17th Annual Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K Road Race--Terrific Community Event--Tomorrow, October 6 at 9:00 a.m.
Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts is the place to be for this 17th edition of the Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K, a new course with a single clockwise loop through the neighborhoods. Ride the T (the Red Line is right there), walk, bike on the famous Minuteman Rail Trail, drive; but get there any way you can for this 9:00 a.m. race followed by a good brunch.

The 17th Annual Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K Road Race--Terrific Community Event--Tomorrow, October 6 at 9:00 a.m.

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Thursday, 4 October, 2012

If you have never been to historic Somerville and Davis Square then it is high time you enjoy that experience. If you are familiar with the area, all the more reason to enjoy this clockwise loop through town for a wonderful cause, the Somerville Homeless Coalition. As always, this community event will be a treat for runners and walkers of all abilities, and there is a team option too. This year they have a new course, which will only enhance the event. It is also becoming famous for its post race celebration and excellent brunch—a seriously enjoyable meal. Check the race Website at

This event is very well organized, and after 17 years they really have it down—smooth registration process, bag check (especially important for those coming in on the Red Line T and by bicycle), good closed course monitoring, and of course the post race fun. It is chip timed and they offer 10-year age group awards three deep through 80+.

And it is truly a community happening, with excellent sponsorship from Whole Foods Markets, Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Club, the Somerville Road Runners, and many others listed on the Website.

The cause is in the name: This is a very important fundraising event for the Coalition and they encourage participants to request pledges from family, friends, and co-workers to help raise revenues for this very important organization, very vital to the community in so many ways. Those who raise $100 in pledges receive a free entry into the race; for $250 or more you will get free entry and a unique running hat as well. The top fundraiser receives the prestigious Steve Burton Award.

The Steve Burton Award
Steve Burton was legendary in the Somerville community and an integral force in the Somerville Road Runners club. He participated in the first race here in 1996, and the following year he was helping the race committee, which he did every year. He became more and more involved in this effort over the years, co-directing the Somerville Road Runner's Thanksgiving race in Somerville for many years (with Alison Burglund), which also benefits the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Steve Burton was well known throughout the running community and was recognized by the Mill Cities Relay Alliance in 2006 as the Phil Quinn Award winner for outstanding contributions to the sport of running in the Merrimack Valley. Steve passed away from Kidney Cancer in 2006.

Somerville Homeless Coalition
This 5K Road Race benefits the Coalition and helps to fund their vital services. SHC is an energetic and innovative non-profit organization which provides a wide range of vital social services the Somerville area. These services include emergency shelter, educational and job training services, meals, community food pantry, case management and more. Their reach benefits the homeless, near homeless, working poor and others in need. And they do it well, but only with sponsorship and support.

Lets Race
Packet pickup and late registration will be on Holland Street, Davis Square, just outside the Red Line T station and only two blocks from the bike path. Registration will be open at 7:30 and the race starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. rain or shine. Running is an all-weather sport. There are directions on the website. Participation in this 5K is a lot of enjoyment, and especially so since you know you are running for a good cause. Its not often you get to run though the busy and dynamic Davis Square.

With the new course this year there will be new course records; current event records are 17:30 for women—Mariko Holbrook in 2008. Mauritis Vander Veen holds the men’s mark, 15:31 in 1999. Somerville Road Runners set the team record in 2007 with a combined total (5 runners) of 1:22:35.

Again visit the Race Website for more information: or contact Mark at SHC at 617-623-6111 or

Be there on Saturday morning and enjoy this unique run through one of the Boston area’s most interesting and eclectic towns.



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