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Event Information: Franklin Park 5K

Mayor's Cup Cross Country Race

The Franklin Park 5K seeks to give local runners, especially road racers, perhaps their single cross country racing opportunity of the year. The Franklin Park 5K offers the same race course and cross country experience as the Women’s Championship 5K and Men’s Championship 8k. Also, the Franklin Park 5K has been slotted within the schedule of events to allow its participants to watch the championship competitions. Team scoring, as in the other races, will be featured in the Franklin Park 5K.




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START TIME:   12:00 p.m.

DISTANCE:   5 kilometers (3.1 miles)

SEE 5K COURSE MAP - click here

ENTRY FEE:   $20.00 (pre-event) or $30.00 (day of event)

If pre-registering in advance and with entry paid by club (that is, if club submits entry), then entry is $18.00 per person.  Applies to pre-event entry only for adults.

  • The first 500 adult and first 350 youth entrants will receive Mayor’s Cup T-shirts
  • All races will be timed using ChampionChip technology
  • Men and women run together
  • Minimum age for participation is 15 years old
  • Chips and instructions will be provided to all runners on the morning of the event
  • USATF rules and regulations apply to all events
  • The following items are prohibited during the competition: use of headphones, running with pets, pushing of any “baby jogger”
  • Entrants should be capable of running 5-kilometers under 45 minutes



  • Top five men and top five women overall will receive awards
  • Winners of the 40-49, 50-59, and 60-and-older age groups will receive medals

Team Scoring:

  • Top three finishers per men’s and women’s team score by place
  • For the Franklin Park 5K, teams do not have to be registered USATF clubs
  • However, men’s and women’s scoring teams must be club, corporate, community or college-based
  • Scoring members of the winning teams will receive an award

Team Area:

  • An area will be designated for participating clubs, schools and teams
  • Please note the team area when you arrive at the course and as indicated on the course maps
  • Course maps will be available at registration and in team packets
  • Boston Park Rangers will monitor the placement of pop-up tents and signage


All of the above information is subject to change

B.A.A. Moment 1

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.