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.

On Saturdays, you can join us for 4, 6, or 8 miles or up to 20 miles of running. You can drop off whenever you want. We understand people have to go to work, do kids drop off, pick up, or any million of other things. 

Please email NeedhamRunningClub1@gmail.com for more information.

We meet Saturdays at 6:30am and 7:30am at the corner of Hawthorn Ave. and Nichols Rd. in Needham. 
GPS 42.283857,-71.220708

We also have hill workouts every other Tuesdays starting at 6:15am at Hazel's Bakery. It sounds hard but the hardest part is getting yourself there.

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.

Our Annual New Year's Day 5K is done.

Race results can be found here.

Race Summary:
Another great run !!!!
We had perfect weather for our flat and fast 5K with many regional clubs being represented and several people from out of the US enjoying our Needham 5K tradition.
We had 444 runners and walkers registered online
and we had 653 runners complete the race.

We want to thank Needham Bank for sponsoring the 2019 race series. More information about the series can be found here.

We want to thank all our other sponsors who donated prizes to our race. That list will be coming soon.

If you have any questions about the race or want more information about it or have suggestions for improving, please email us at NeedhamRunningClub1@gmail.com


Race info is below:
Start your year off on the right foot with the Needham Running Club's 11th Annual New Year's Day 5K run.
This run will benefit the YMCA, New Year's Needham and the Needham Community Farm.
Food, water and raffle prizes at race end.
New this year: We will be giving the first 300 entrants a pair of warm running mittens.
Gift certificates will be awarded to the top three male and female runners,
and several other winner categories and free raffle prizes.
This race is USATF certified and will be timed. 

This race is part of the 2019
Needham Bank 5K Grand Prix.
for more information, please click here RunNeedham.com  

Date: January 1, 2019

Time: Race starts promptly at 11:00am.
Location: Needham YMCA Pool Building at
863 Great Plain Ave, Needham

Online Registration - at RaceWire.com.
Mail In Registration - Download "Mail In Registration Form" here.
Same Day Registration - registration opens at 9am.

Cost: $20 in advance and $25 on race day. prices have not changed in 8 yrs.
Send registration forms (see "Mail In Registration Form" above) to:
John Pizzuto
291 Nehoiden Street
Needham, Ma 02492 (postmark before Dec 25)
(make check payable to Needham Running Club)
Gifts and Awards: Thermos prizes for the top three fastest Needhamites runners (male and female). Awards for the oldest male and female runner and the youngest male and female runner.

Timing: Provided by the RaceWire.com
Race Route: New Year's Day 5K route  
USATF explanation of route: Race Route

Contact email:  NeedhamRunningClub1@gmail.com for any further questions or if you would like to donate a prize to the great list of raffle prizes.

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


Scholarship Winner

The annual NRC Scholarship award was handed to the winner,
Abby Healy. This was for 2019.

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.

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.
John and Russ at 2014 Halloween Race

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 doing the 2012 BAA Half.

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

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