Welcome to the 2018 Needham Bank Grand Prix Series of 5K road races! This series is comprised of FIVE Needham 5K road races: JANUARY 1 (New Years Day 5K), MAY 20 (Great Bear Run), JULY 4 (Charles River YMCA July 4th 5K) SEPTEMBER 16 (Jog Your Memory 5K and NOVEMBER 18 (BIGGSteps 5K).
The first race of the Needham Bank Series, the Needham New Years Day 5K, was completed on a VERY cold January 1st. Congratulations to everyone that braved the weather and came out. Results can be found HERE and individual race finisher pictures can be found HERE. The next race up is the Great Bear Run on May 20th!
The second race in the 2018 series is the Great Bear Run which will be held on May 20, 2018. Click HERE for more information!
BIG changes to the Needham Race Series in 2018:
FIVE RACES: Charles River YMCA 4th Of July 5K is now included in the series, increasing the number of races in the series from 4 to 5! As per years past, if you run each of these 5K road races, you will receive a complimentary gift courtesy of Needham Bank and become a recognized member of the 545 (formerely the 444) club!
OPEN PRIZE MONEY: We take the best average 5Ks for those who have run at least THREE of the FIVE races. With the addition of YMCA’s 4th of July race, that gives you one additional opportunity to improve your average race time for prize money contention! 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. 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)
- Great Bear Run (May 20)
- Charles River YMCA 4th Of July 5K (July 4th)
- Jog Your Memory 5K (September 16)
- BIGGSteps 5K (November 18)
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:
- 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 545/444 Club): ALL official runners who complete ALL races in the Needham Bank Series and run FIVE for FIVE (545) of the races will be recognized for their accomplishment and become a member of the 545 Club (formerly 444 club). In addition to an invite to the winner banquet, they 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!