About the Event

Event Starts In

What //

5K Run

When //

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 @ 11am

Where //

Gray Barn

(map and directions)

Event Overview

Click here for Athlete Packet
We've recieved a few questions about the race being canceled or rescheduled due to the weather forecast for Monday.  As of December 28th, we are still intending to hold the 6th annual 1st Day 5k on January 1st as planned. With the forecasted cold temps and windy conditions, please plan accordingly and dress appropriately for the elements; this may include, but not limited to, ensuring no skin is exposed (arms, legs, fingers), a mask or scarf over your mouth/nose, hat on your head, and dressing in layers with a windblocking outer shell.  As soon as you get moving, your body will heat up so it's important not to overdress as well. After the race, proceed immediately indoors (like to the Gray Barn!) or pack a small space blanket with you to wrap around you after crossing the finish line. See you at the Starting Line!   

 The 6th annual 1st Day 5k run will be held at 11am on January 1, 2018!

The fast and flat 5k run course will be an ‘out-and-back’ route on Linwood Ave in Whitinsville, MA.  The roads will be closed from 11am-12pm. 

Registration includes a custom knit cap for the first 300 to sign-up, hot chocolate and pizza afterwards, AND an ice cold frosty beverage from our friends at The Gray Barn! (proper id required)

Race field will be capped at 300 runners again - sign-up early so you don't miss out on this great race!  On-site registration will NOT be available; on-line pre-registration only.

Event Schedule:
December 29-30
Fri. 11am-6pm, Sat. 10am-4pm 
Check-in/bib pick-up at Miles to go Sports. NO on-site registration.

December 31

3-5:00pm Check-in/bib pick-up at The Gray Barn (click for map). NO on-site registration.

January 1
9:30am Check-in/bib pick-up at The Gray Barn (click for map).NO on-site registration.
11:00am 1st Day 5k Run starts!
12:00pm (approx) Awards Ceremony

Race Day Awards: Top 3 Overall Male & Female Runners and Top 3 Male & Female Runners in the following age groups: Under 15, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. No double dipping!

**$100 cash award for NEW course records**
Times to beat: (M) Paul Reilly 15:58 (2017), (F) Stephanie Reilly 17:04 (2017)



Q: What is the race cancelation policy?
To ensure the safest event for the participants and all involved, we reserve the right to cancel, delay, or modify the format of the event at anytime. Believe us, it would have to be a very, very SERIOUS and DANGEROUS situation for the event to be canceled. But in the unfortunate situation this is required, there is a no-refund policy in place, as the majority of the costs have already been incurred to host the event and when associated, we do not want to take away any contributions to our charities. We expect you to be disappointed if the event is canceled, as we will be, but we also hope you understand why a no-refund policy is in place.

Q: Are there any refunds or transfers?
  Sorry, all registrations are final; there are no refunds or transfers to other participants.  Within 10 days of the event, you can transfer your paid registration to another future event, for a small fee.  Please see the Transfer page for full details.  If you are unable to do the event please let us know ASAP so someone else can take your spot.

Q: Are strollers, joggers, pets, etc allowed on the course?
Due to insurance purposes and the safety of all participants, we cannot allow strollers, joggers, pets, etc on any of the courses at all.

Q: How many participants will be allowed to register?
 The race capacity is 300 people.

Q:  Is the event chip-timed?
A: Yes.  We use New England Timing with disposable chip bib timing.  Results will be posted online at coolrunning.com and on this website after the event.

Q:  Where is parking?
A: Being a holiday, parking is plentiful around downtown Whitinsville.  Here are  few close to the venue and starting line: Whitin Community Center (60 Main St), Alternatives Unlimited (50 Douglas Rd), along Hill St (in front of Whitin Community Center).  The Gray Barn does not have adequate parking.

Q: How many water stations are on the run course?
 There will be one (1) aid station on the course that runners will hit three (3) different times.


Fast and flat 5k course on closed roads! Start with a downhill running start from Grove St before going through Memorial Square onto Linwood Ave. Take a quick spin into the Northbridge High School parking lot before turning around at the Linwood Apartments. Then it's a straight shot back to the finish line at Memorial Square. Single aid-station at the entrance to the high school is passed 3 times.