Welcome to the 2019 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 19 (Great Bear Run), JULY 4 (Charles River YMCA July 4th 5K) SEPTEMBER 15 (Jog Your Memory 5K and NOVEMBER 17 (BIGGSteps 5K).
The FIRST race in the 2019 series, the Needham New Year’s Day 5K, was held on January 1, 2019. Fortunately, unlike last year’s bitter temps, the weather cooperated with a balmy 55 degrees and approx. 670 runners braved the elements to start 2019 in stride!
The SECOND race of the 2019 Needham Bank Grand Prix Series is the 2019 Great Bear Run which will be held on May 19th. Click HERE for more information. Registration information will be posted once it is available.
FIVE RACES: 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. 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, 2019)
- Great Bear Run (May 2019)
- Charles River YMCA 4th Of July 5K (July 4th, 2019)
- Jog Your Memory 5K (September 15 2019)
- BIGGSteps 5K (November 17 2019)
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 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!