The Needham New Year's Day 5K is now OPEN.

Race Registration be found here.

Race info:

Start your year off on the right foot with the Needham Running Club's 14th Annual New Year's Day 5K run.

Our race has always been about helping the Needham Community.

This year, we will be giving a donation to the Walker School.

New this year: We will be giving a pair of running gloves to the first 500 entries.

Thanks again for your participation over the years.

This race is part of the 2022 Needham Bank 5K Grand Prix.

for more information, please click here RunNeedham.com

Race Date: January 1, 2022 at 11:00 am

Location: 863 Great Plain Ave , Needham , Massachusetts 02492

Online Registration only - at RaceWire.com.

Bibs can be picked up starting at 9:00 am on race day. No bib pick up the day before.

Registration: Provided by the RaceWire.com

Water and food will be provided after the race. This is USATF sanctioned race.

Contact email: NeedhamRunningClub1@gmail.com for any further questions.

If you would like a flyer to post at your office, grocery store or gym,

download here.


About our club...

We are a club that is made up of runners, cyclists and triathletes. We formed this group for many reasons but the main reason is to have someone else to train with for all the different races we enjoy. We are open to the public, so anyone can join. We are also a casual group that enjoys the many benefits of running and/or biking together. We have a few different levels of athletes in our group. We welcome all levels, from the casual runner to the Ironman.

Date and times for our running groups:

Mondays: 6am, 5ish miles, Pace high 8s/ low 9s.

Thursdays: 6am, 5ish miles, Pace high 8s/ low 9s.

Saturdays: 6:30am, various lengths 4-8+, paces vary depending on who shows up.

Sundays: 7am, 10+ miles, pace ~7:45.

6:30am at the YMCA pool building on Great Plain Ave and 7:30am at

the corner of Hawthorn Ave. and Nichols Rd. in Needham.

GPS 42.283857,-71.220708

Please email NeedhamRunningClub1@gmail.com for more information.

Please email us if you want to get on the distribution list, so you can be notified when and which route we will be running on Saturdays. We also run during the week but you need to be on the distribution list for that.

Email us at: NeedhamRunningClub1@gmail.com


Scholarship Winner

The annual NRC Scholarship was awarded to:

Michelle Mittaz - This was for 2021.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to any Needham High School senior* whose essay was selected by the NRC scholarship committee. Applicants were asked to write an essay about why they run.

Michelle Mittaz - 2021

Lauren Konieczynski - 2020

Abby Healy. - 2019

Abby Healy and her father Liam.

Alison Partridge. - 2018

Bill Gallagher awarding the check and certificate to Alison Partridge.

* students included any NHS student (whether they live in Needham or not) and any Needham resident who is a high school senior.


Couch to 5K Program

We have an online Couch to 5K Program which you can use to jump start yourself, your company, school, friends or relatives in running a 5K road race. Anyone can use this free program and follow the suggested training plan. If you have any questions, please me Bill Gallagher (bill.gall3@gmail.com).

Training program

Needham also has a great adult ultimate frisbee summer league. More information click here.


John Terry and Russ Tedrake at 2014 Halloween 5K. John was second overall.

Rich, Rick, Kelley and Tamara who all finished the Lake Placid Ironman Race.

First Ironman for all except Rich, which was his second.

Some of the 21 Club members who completed the 2012 BAA Half.

Some of our club members at the BAA 5K in April, 2014.

Mr. Kogo, who was the second place winner (2:10:27) at the Boston Marathon 2013 and the children of a NRC member- Vid Desibhatla.


Running Routes around Needham:

Our Wellesley College Route http://www.logyourrun.com/index.php?option=com_routes&task=loadroute&Itemid=46&code=EBobl5cIFcT2ba

This is our regular 4 mile loop around Needham. 3.90 miles. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=429396

This is the famous Strawberry Hill route 8.24 miles. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=429399

This is around Needham with some good hill work. 9.16 miles http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=343010

The Needham Ramble, flat loop 8.76 miles, main roads so the snow will be off. http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=88295

Wellesley College/Grove St route. http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=451942

Johnnie Kelley Statue run 5.23 from start to statue. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=482996

This is the route to the Brookline Route 9 reservoir http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=68512

If you want info on the Needham Kids Track Club - click here

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