This Year's Event
We are thrilled and thankful to be running the Village Day 5K again this year! We are lucky to have our amazing race sponsor Whole Foods supporting our race for the fourth year in a row -- and look forward to many repeat participants. This year, we will once again have a bib/chip timing system and guarantee t-shirts to all runners registered by Monday, May 28.
About the Village Day 5K
The Newton Highlands Village Day 5K race is the start to our fun- and music-filled Village Day taking place in the Highlands from 11am - 4pm. We are running it as a fun, community event where families and neighbors can run together. So tell your family members, friends and neighbors to come out and run the Village Day 5K! It's a easy course for 5K novices too!
After the race, we encourage you, your children, friends & neighbors to wander the Highlands. Check out our merchants and vendors, listen to the bands, enjoy the free bounce houses and other inflatables, face painting, magicians and other entertainment and take in some delicious food and drink.
All runners registered by Monday, May 28 are guaranteed a race t-shirt in their preferred size.
We order extra shirts and still have about many available in various sizes as of 6/5/18. They will be distributed in order of registration so please sign up in advance.
About the Course
The race is a local, open course starting on Lincoln St. and continuing on Woodward Street. You will then run on some side streets before running on Beacon St. You will turn right onto Walnut St. and then right again on Lincoln to conclude the race. Per the request of the Newton Police, we will have cones delineating a running lane on both Beacon & Walnut Streets this year.
-- Streets are not blocked off for the event.
-- There will be one water stop at Cold Spring Park on Beacon St.
Your safety is our top priority. We will have many signs on main streets letting drivers know that a road race is going on. However, we need your help in keeping you safe.
Runners will be running on the side of the street, in the cone lane on Beacon & Walnut Streets and on the sidewalks. Please use your best judgment on where is a safe place to run for you — and your children if they are running with you.
We will have race monitors and auxiliary police on the course. Please alert any of them if you need assistance.
You will need to cross Beacon Street twice. Auxiliary police will be there to cross runners at both crossings. Please work with them to cross safely.
The race finishes in the Highlands downtown where vendors will be actively finishing their set-up for Village Day. Just run down Lincoln to where you started and you will see the finish area there.
Timing & Awards
The race will be timed and times will be posted online after the event.
There will be awards for the top three finishers for both males and females in the following categories: adult, high school, middle school and elementary school. Awards will be handed out immediately following the last finisher, at approximately 11am.
Registration and Number Pick-up
Online registration is the preferred mode of registration so register today. We will also have in person registration from 8:00 - 9:30 am on Sunday, June 11. We can not guarantee a spot for anyone arriving after 9:30 am.
Based on our shirt delivery timeframe, we may have shirt pick-up and additional registration on Saturday morning. We will determine whether this is feasible closer to the event.
If you are driving to the race, we encourage you to park on the local side streets around the Highlands. Parking is available on Bowdoin, Chester, Columbus, Hillside, Forest, Mountfort, Erie, and Hartford Streets. Please pay attention to street signs because parking may only be allowed on one side of the street in many cases. Parking is also available on the south side of Lincoln Street (closest to Route 9). Runners will be running on the north side of Lincoln Street at the start, so we discourage parking there until after the race.
The course is conveniently accessible to the T Newton Highlands stop. Just exit toward Walnut Street and walk two blocks down Lincoln St. to check in.