ROCKY NECK TRAIL 5K

The following information below applies to participants in the Rocky Neck Trail 5K, but course details, description, and amenities are applicable to 30K relay and solo participants.

New in 2024: The Rocky Neck Trail 5K begins by heading under the railroad tracks toward the stunning stone constructed Ellie Mitchell Pavilion. A quick trip up, under, across the pavilion offers panoramic views of Long Island Sound. From there, the course travels back over the railroad tracks and into the well groomed Rocky Neck State Park trail system. Heading north through this woodland area, the trail offers scenic views of the Four Mile River tidal area. While heading south, the trail offers tranquil views of the Bride Brook marsh while it winds through bountiful amounts of Mountain Laurel. The course is topped off with a picturesque finish* on the front lawn of the Ellie Mitchell Pavilion overlooking Long Island Sound.

*Note: 30K participants will complete the trail portion of the event at the exchange zone, adjacent to the pre/post race area. Runner #3 will complete the Trail ~5K and then continue past the exchange zone an extra 0.1 miles to reach the finish line located on the front lawn of the Ellie Mitchell Pavilion.

COURSE

Course Suitability for Disabled Athletes:
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RACE START

The race will start at the western edge of Rocky Neck State Park adjacent to the pre-race area on the park’s main roadway, heading west. The 30K Relay and Individual will start in the same location, prior to the Trail 5K.

The Road 5K will start in a separate location, after the Trail 5K start. See RACE DAY page for more details.

TRAIL 5K DIVISIONS & AWARDS

This event is timed by Bay State Race Services and uses the B-Tag timing system (timing chip is attached to the back of the race bib). Please wear the race bib on the front of the shirt.

DIVISIONS:

  • Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Male Age Group – 12-19, and 10-year age groups from 10-80+
  • Female Age Group – 12-19, and 10-year age groups from 10-80+
  • Clydesdale (men 200+lbs.)
  • Athena (women 150+lbs.)
  • Nonbinary/Genderqueer More…

  • Disabled Athletes More…

AWARDS:

  • Commemorative Awards to the Top 3 in Each Division
  • All awards based on gun time
  • No “double dipping”
  • To collect an award after race day, click here

COURSE SUPPORT

MARKINGS:

  • Directional arrows and course marshals marking all turns

AMENITIES:

  • Hydration (Water & Nuun Sport)
    • Pre/Post Race & Mile 1.5
    • Open cup service, handed out at arms length
    • Participants are encouraged to carry their own fluids
  • Portalets: Pre/Post Race
  • Medical personnel
  • Event alert system notifications in the pre-race area and at the water station. More…

NOT ALLOWED ON THE COURSE

No dogs (service dogs must be identified as such at all times). No unregistered runners or walkers. Headphones discouraged. No bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, or motorized vehicles.

Baby Jogger/Strollers are NOT permitted in the Rocky Neck Trail 5K, please see details on the stroller policy HERE.

OUR RACE IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROSITY OF THESE PARTNERS