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Welcome to the website of the Somerville Road Runners, Somerville Massachusetts' oldest running club. Bordering Boston and Cambridge, we're a motley crew that works hard, but doesn't let that get in the way of having a good time. SRR is a charitable, non-profit organization that sponsors many events a year including weekly runs, track workouts, annual races and even competitive but delicious cook-offs! Our club welcomes new members of all abilities. Read on to find out what we've been up to lately.

4th ANNUAL RACE TO THE ROW 5K - Fast Mile - Kids Fun Run

SRR Annual Event: 4th ANNUAL RACE TO THE ROW 5K - Fast Mile - Kids Fun Run

Where: 301 Canal Street, Assembly Square, Somerville MA (map)
When: Sunday, August 28th @ 9:00 a.m.

The Race to the Row 5K will run through the Assembly Square District and along the Mystic River, ending with a fun-filled post-party and beer garden! There's also a free Kids Fun Run, and the Fast Mile! Proceeds will be donated to the East Somerville Main Streets program and the Somerville TrackPAC.

Click here to REGISTER TODAY!

20th Annual Gobble Gobble Gobble 4 Miler

SRR Annual Event: 20th Annual Gobble Gobble Gobble 4 Miler

Where: 40 Holland Street, Davis Square, Somerville MA (map)
When: Thursday, November 24th @ 9 a.m.

One of the Top 100 New England Races 2003-2014:
Twelve straight years chosen by New England Runner magazine

  • Chip timing by Bay State Race Services !
  • T-shirts for first 2400 entries only

Register Early !
  • Field size is limited to 3000 entrants
  • Race will sell out well in advance ... it has for the last ten years !!!
  • Entry fee is $30 all inclusive - no additional service fees
  • No Mail-in or Walk-up registrations !!!
  • Register on line at

For more information please contact: Scott Abrams at To volunteer for this event please sign up here!

Weekly Track Workout

 Tuesday, August 23 - 6:30 PM.  Tufts Outdoor Track:



Tatyana Podznyakova workout


This is one of my favorite workouts.  It is difficult more for the concentration that it requires than for how physically taxing it is.  It is good for everyone but perfect for anyone aiming for a fall marathon

This is a single, continuous run on the track.  You should mentally break it down into 800s because you will be alternating the pace every 800 meters between your MARATHON pace (MP) and your THRESHOLD pace.  Start off at your THRESHOLD pace.  The total distance you will run depends upon your weekly mileage.  If you are feeling good, feel free to exceed these recommendations but fall Marathoners, I hope you are trying to push your weekly mileage limits right now...

  • 0 - 45 miles per week: 4800 meters (6 x 800)

  • 46-60 miles per week: 6400 meters (8 x 800)

  • 61+ miles per week: 8000 meters (10 x 800)


If you find yourself unable to hit THRESHOLD pace before the workout is over, you may either stop the workout altogether (recommended) or try to run all the remaining 800s at MARATHON pace


The key to this workout is to truly alternate your pace and to pay attention to it.  Please do not turn this into just one single-paced run.  You are trying to teach your body to recover at marathon pace.  You'll want a good watch that you can hit every 800 to see the laps.

For marathon pace I am generally talking about your goal marathon pace -- not necessarily what you have done or even what Daniels says you should be able to do.  If your goal is realistic, you should be able to hit this.  If you do not have a goal pace and don't know what your marathon pace should be, it is generally somewhere from 15 to 20 second slower (per 8900) than your threshold pace.  For those in interval groups A and B, the gap is more like 15 seconds rather than 20.



SRR Race Results - 26x1

SRR Race Results

The 2015 SRR 26x1 Club Challenge Relay was another huge success this year, with SRR fielding two full teams and one, combined Greater Lowell/SRR team. Check out the club results

Left: Sierra will not be bound by your rules (Photo by Thomas Cole)

Next Race: Playworks 5K

Where: Franklin Park, Boston MA

When: May 21 @ 10:30am

• Race #1 - Dec 6 - Mill Cities Relay (all participants receive 5 points)   Results

• Race #2 - Feb 7 @ 12pm - Super 5K, Lowell MA     Results
• Race #3 - Mar 6 @ 9:30am - An Ras Mor, Cambridge MA     Results
• Race #4 - May 21 @ 10:30am - Playworks 5K, Franklin Park, Boston MA     Results
• Race #5 - Jun 5 @ 9:30am - Freedom Run, Cambridge MA     Results
• Race #6 - June TBD @ 8am - 26x1 Club Challenge Relay, Tufts University, Somerville MA     Results

An Ras Mor 5K

SRR Annual Event: An Ras Mor 5K

When: Sunday March 6 @ 9:30am
Where: The Asgard Pub, 350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA (map)

Thank you for joining us!