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Where to run 5Ks in Boston this spring

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Winter's icy (and apparently quite rainy) grip will start to loosen in about six weeks and thoughts will surely turn to outdoor activities. Such activities might include a bracing, prove-you're-not-a-couch-potato 5-kilometer race.

Where to find such 5Ks in the region? Look no further than this map of ones scheduled for March. We plan to update, so do let us know if we're missing one.

And do check the websites for registration guidelines, including possible entry fees.

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49 Maple St
Danvers, MA 01923
This 5K in Danvers is a year-round affair. It starts and ends at the Osborn Tavern. There is one scheduled for every Wednesday in March.

2. Mystic Runners Lake Q 5K

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595 North Ave
Wakefield, MA 01880
The Mystic Runners hosts a weekly 5K around Lake Quannapowitt. It's also happening every Wednesday in March. Meet at the Lakeside Inn.

3. Strongwater Farm Donut Dash

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350 Livingston St
Tewksbury, MA 01876
This 5K on March 11 is a fundraiser for the farm's horses. The description of the race carries this caveat: "You will begin the race with one donut and will encounter multiple donut pit stops throughout the entire race. See if you have the stomach to 'eat like a horse.'" Meet at the Saunders Recreational Area.

4. Craicfest

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Thorndike St & Second St
Cambridge, MA 02141
This March 12 5K ends in a beer festival. Meet at Thorndike and Second streets in East Cambridge. The race also dips into Charlestown.

5. Leprechaun 5K Shuffle and Fun Run

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410 Davis Rd
Bedford, MA 01730
The fifth annual version of this 5K raises money for people with autism. It's March 12 and starts at Davis Elementary School.

6. Nutty Irish 5K Cocoa Run

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75 Wilson St
Salem, MA 01970
This 5K on March 12 ends in noshes that include Irish soda bread and spike cocoa. Meet at the Olde Salem Greens and be prepared to loop the same 1.5-mile course twice.

7. Running of the Leprechauns IV

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321 Winthrop St
Medford, MA 02155
This 5K on March 12 benefits the Boston Children's Hospital. It, too, ends in a veritable feast of Irish goodies, including soda bread and stew. And! There's a bagpiper and a fiddler en route. Meet at the American Legion Post 45.

8. Mick Morgan's Annual 5K Road Race

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973 Providence Hwy
Walpole, MA 02081
This 5K on March 18 benefits Hessco, a local social services organization for the elderly and people with physical challenges. The race commences outside of Mick Morgan's pub.

9. Rás na hÉireann

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Davis Square
Somerville, MA
This 5K on March 19 bills itself as "the most genuine Irish race this side of the Atlantic." It begins and ends in Davis Square, just off the Red Line, and a Harpoon brewery-sponsored party follows.

10. St. Patrick’s Day Road Race

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230 W 6th St
Boston, MA 02127
This annual 5K kicks off a couple of hours before the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Southie on March 19. It benefits the Edgerley Family South Boston Club’s Keystone Teen Leadership Program. Meet at West Sixth and F streets.

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49 Maple St, Danvers, MA 01923
This 5K in Danvers is a year-round affair. It starts and ends at the Osborn Tavern. There is one scheduled for every Wednesday in March.
49 Maple St
Danvers, MA 01923

2. Mystic Runners Lake Q 5K

595 North Ave, Wakefield, MA 01880
The Mystic Runners hosts a weekly 5K around Lake Quannapowitt. It's also happening every Wednesday in March. Meet at the Lakeside Inn.
595 North Ave
Wakefield, MA 01880

3. Strongwater Farm Donut Dash

350 Livingston St, Tewksbury, MA 01876
This 5K on March 11 is a fundraiser for the farm's horses. The description of the race carries this caveat: "You will begin the race with one donut and will encounter multiple donut pit stops throughout the entire race. See if you have the stomach to 'eat like a horse.'" Meet at the Saunders Recreational Area.
350 Livingston St
Tewksbury, MA 01876

4. Craicfest

Thorndike St & Second St, Cambridge, MA 02141
This March 12 5K ends in a beer festival. Meet at Thorndike and Second streets in East Cambridge. The race also dips into Charlestown.
Thorndike St & Second St
Cambridge, MA 02141

5. Leprechaun 5K Shuffle and Fun Run

410 Davis Rd, Bedford, MA 01730
The fifth annual version of this 5K raises money for people with autism. It's March 12 and starts at Davis Elementary School.
410 Davis Rd
Bedford, MA 01730

6. Nutty Irish 5K Cocoa Run

75 Wilson St, Salem, MA 01970
This 5K on March 12 ends in noshes that include Irish soda bread and spike cocoa. Meet at the Olde Salem Greens and be prepared to loop the same 1.5-mile course twice.
75 Wilson St
Salem, MA 01970

7. Running of the Leprechauns IV

321 Winthrop St, Medford, MA 02155
This 5K on March 12 benefits the Boston Children's Hospital. It, too, ends in a veritable feast of Irish goodies, including soda bread and stew. And! There's a bagpiper and a fiddler en route. Meet at the American Legion Post 45.
321 Winthrop St
Medford, MA 02155

8. Mick Morgan's Annual 5K Road Race

973 Providence Hwy, Walpole, MA 02081
This 5K on March 18 benefits Hessco, a local social services organization for the elderly and people with physical challenges. The race commences outside of Mick Morgan's pub.
973 Providence Hwy
Walpole, MA 02081

9. Rás na hÉireann

Davis Square, Somerville, MA
This 5K on March 19 bills itself as "the most genuine Irish race this side of the Atlantic." It begins and ends in Davis Square, just off the Red Line, and a Harpoon brewery-sponsored party follows.
Davis Square
Somerville, MA

10. St. Patrick’s Day Road Race

230 W 6th St, Boston, MA 02127
This annual 5K kicks off a couple of hours before the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Southie on March 19. It benefits the Edgerley Family South Boston Club’s Keystone Teen Leadership Program. Meet at West Sixth and F streets.
230 W 6th St
Boston, MA 02127