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Esplanade 5K

Sun May 19, 2024 Boston, MA 02114 US Directions


Esplanade 5K

$35 9:00AM EDT Price increases after May 11, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT


Join up to a thousand racers for the 2024 Annual Esplanade 5K.
Run/Walk/Jog the most popular route in Greater Boston along the Charles River Esplanade! 

This course takes an unparalleled riverfront route with both water and garden views set against the iconic backdrop of the Boston and Cambridge skylines. The finish line is perfectly photogenic, with passing sailboats on the Charles River. Bring your family and friends for this race perfect for beginners and the season pros. 

Online registration until  5:00PM ON SATURDAY MAY 18th. Participants are still able to register day-of after the online registration closes.


  • $35.00: Early-bird Registration (February 16th – May 11th)
  • $40.00: Standard Registration (May 12th - May 18th  Until 5pm)
  • $45.00: Day-of Registration (Sunday, May 19th)

What this Race Supports:

Proceeds from this race go directly to support the work of the Esplanade Association to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain its natural green space, and build community in the park by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone.

Race entry includes:

  • One bib with timing chip and official race results
  • Virtual Prize Bag
  • Your chance at prizes for top runners across various age and gender brackets
  • Race Packet with information will be sent out virtually prior to race day

Race Details:

  • Race begins 9:00am at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade (rain or shine!)
  • Walkers & strollers are welcome, we just ask you start in the last wave of the race. Be sure to pay attention to others on the pathways, as they can be narrow sometimes, and stay to the right!

Race Categories:

  • 1st Place Overall in Male/Female/Non-binary
  • 10 & Under Male/Female
  • 11-14 Male/Female
  • 15-19 Male/Female
  • 20-29 Male/Female
  • 30-39 Male/Female
  • 40-49 Male/Female
  • 50-59 Male/Female
  • 60-69 Male/Female
  • 70-79 Male/Female
  • 80+  Male/Female

Packet Pickup:

  • Early Bib Pickup:
    • Location: Marathon Sports - 671 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
    • Date & Time: Saturday, May 18th @ 12pm-4pm
  • Day Of Pickup
    • You may also pick up your bib starting at 8am on race day at the Hatch Memorial Shell.

Register a Team:

To register a team for your group or company, please contact Samuel Englert at

Event Sponsorship & Tabling:

Interested in seeing your company as a supporter or are you hoping to share about your company/organization by setting up a table or booth? Learn more about event sponsorship opportunities and tabling by contacting Samuel Englert at 


If you are interested in volunteering at the 5K, please email Molly Ryan at


1 David G Mugar Way
DCR Hatch Shell
Boston, MA US 02114

Race Website

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Some Photos From Year's Past


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