Welcome to the 2020 Needham Bank Grand Prix Series of 5K road races! This series is comprised of FIVE Needham 5K road races: New Years Day 5K JANUARY 1, Great Bear Run) OCTOBER 18 (re-sceduled from May due to COVID 19), Charles River YMCA July 4th 5K) JULY 4 Jog Your Memory 5K SEPTEMBER 18 and BIGGSteps 5K . NOVEMBER 17.
Happy Global Running Day!
Like pretty much every other race in the world, COVID-19 has had an unfortunate effect on the Needham Race Series. That said, we are persevering and trying to make the proverbial lemonade out of lemons.
As it stands right now, all of the remaining races, beginning with the Great Bear Run through BIGGSteps will be run as virtual races. The GREAT NEWS is that we will still be awarding prizes for all runners who run 4 out the 5 races! This year we will be giving out $25 Gift Cards to local merchants who have helped support our races in the past. Details to follow.
To see how each race will be handling their virtual race, please go to each website on their individual page. That said, things are still being worked out so if not updated, please check back.
Thank you very much for your understanding, stay safe and keep running!
SECOND RACE OF THE 2020 SERIES
The SECOND race of the 2020 Needham Bank Grand Prix Series is the Great Bear Run has been rescheduled to October 18. Please check back later for a registration link.
FOUR OUT OF FIVE, YOU WIN A PRIZE! A major change for this year is if you run four out of the five races, you will receive a complimentary gift courtesy of Needham Bank!
OPEN PRIZE MONEY: We take the best average 5Ks for those who have run at least THREE of the FIVE races. If you run at least 3 of the 5 races, you we will be eligible. As we average your BEST 3 race times (out of 3,4, or 5 races), you are never out of the running all the way to the end of the year! Prize breakdown below.
AGE GRADED PRIZE MONEY: More prize money opportunities! We will now calculate each runner’s age-graded score and, similar to a 5K time for the Open division, compare the top FIVE age-graded scores amongst those who have run at least 3 of the 5 races. NOTE: Winners of the OPEN PRIZE MONEY category (above) are NOT eligible for this prize. Prize breakdown below.
WHAT IS RUNNEEDHAM.COM?
INTRODUCTION: This is the official site of Needham Bank’s Grand Prix Series of five races run in Needham,MA.
Needham Bank has generously helped support the creation of this event. The purpose of this series is to encourage runners and walkers to experience the different neighborhoods of Needham, while promoting health and exercise throughout the year. An additional benefit is to support various local charities and services throughout Needham.
RACES: The following five races comprise the Needham Gran Prix Series. For more information about each race, to register and for results of that race, please click the race link below:
- Needham New Years Day 5K (January 1st, 2020)
- Great Bear Run (October 18 2020)
- Charles River YMCA 4th Of July 5K (July 4th, 2020)
- Jog Your Memory 5K (September 2020)
- BIGGSteps 5K (November 2020)
TOP 3 MEN AND WOMEN PRIZES: The top three men and women runners who complete THREE out of the FIVE races will be eligible for cash prizes based on the average of their top three times for each race. A total of $1700 will be divided among the Male and Female runners as follows:
- First Place: $500 (M&F)
- Second Place: $250 (M&F)
- Third Place: $100 (M&F)
AGE GRADED PRIZES: New for 2018 is Age Graded prize money of $520 for the top FIVE Male & Female Runners. NOTE: The “Top Three Men and Women Prize” winners” (see above) are NOT eligible for this prize. This allows more runners to win money for their hard earned efforts:
- First Place: $100 (M&F)
- Second Place: $75 (M&F)
- Third Place: $50 (M&F)
- Fourth Place: $25 (M&F)
- Fifth Place $10 (M&F)
SERIES FINISHER (the 445/444 Club): ALL official runners who complete FOUR of the FIVE Needham Bank Series 5K races will be recognized for their accomplishment and become a member of the 445 Club (formerly 444 club). In addition to an invite to the winner banquet, you will also receive a special custom prize. Please visit The 444 page to see this years winners and the awards that we have given away each year!