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2nd Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k

  • 29 Nov 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Patton Park, Hamilton


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Kids 12 and Under can register for this 1 mile run around Patton Park.
  • Non-refundable.

ECTA is holding its 2nd Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k and Kids Fun Run the day after Thanksgiving at Patton Park in Hamilton (November 29, 2019).  The 5k will begin at 10AM on November 29, and the Kids' Run will start at 9:30AM.  Using a scenic and challenging course and offering great prizes, this will be an event for all!  In addition to cash (or gift certificates) for top finishers, and many other terrific prizes, there will be cash prizes for the teams (co-ed) with the most runners and that have the best score (on a traditional XC scoring basis).  We are building on the fine tradition enjoyed by so many for the last 10 years with Gabe's Run, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Gabe's Fund.  Whether you seek a personal record or camaraderie with old friends and rivals, this event is for you!  Check our Facebook Page @thanksforthetrails and our Instagram ectathanksforthetrails5k

Divisions:  Men's and Women's 25 & Under, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, Over 55. Also, age-adjusted winners get a prize.

Registration Fees: 

Pre-Registration for 5k: $25 through Nov. 22nd

Post-Registration for 5k: $30 Race Day 7:30-8:25 AM  at Patton Park

Kids' Run:  $15 per child  (Children 12 and Under)

Team Competition:  For the team competition, only teams with at least 5 runners and at least 2 of each gender will be counted.  The Team with the largest number of runners will win $100 cash and the fastest team (on a traditional XC scoring with at least 2 of each gender scoring) will also win $100 cash.  Please mark your team name on your registration, or email it to

Kids' Fun Run: This 1 mile fun run for younger runners (12 and under) will begin at 9:30 AM sharp.  It will start and finish at the 5K starting/finishing line(s). Merchandise prizes awarded to first finishing girl and first finishing boy.

Packet Pick-up:  If you wish to pick up your bib and t-shirt early (for pre-registered runners ONLY), we will be at New England Running Company at 43 Enon Street in Beverly during the day on Wednesday, November 27th from 10am-5pm.  Otherwise, pick it up at the pre-registration table at the race starting at 7am.

Parking and race start:  Just north of the race start/finish in Patton Park by the tennis courts and WW2 tank (in the direction of Ipswich), we will have use of a large parking area on the Myopia Schooling fields.  The entrance is marked with ECTA and Parking signs on Route 1A and is generally across the street from the First United Methodist Church. From your car, you can reach the starting area by walking/jogging a couple hundred yards south on Route 1A, or across the fields.   PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE POLICE OR WINTHROP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARKING LOTS.

Bag Check:  November weather can be pretty chilly.  The race time temperature will probably be  around freezing.  Please dress accordingly.  We will have a gear check table/tent if you want to leave your jackets, sweatpants, etc. during the race.

Post-race:  We will have plenty of food and drinks in the finish area, so please enjoy the refreshments while awaiting the awards and lucky number winners at or about 10:40am. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3  men and women and to the fastest and largest teams.  Merchandise prizes to top 3 in the age groups.  At least 15 lucky number prizes.  Last year's prizes included gift cards from New England Running (7 $50 gift cards), Seaside Cycle (Manchester by the Sea), Tendercrop Farms (Wenham),  a pair of Celtics tickets, and a pair of Bruins tickets.

Results: will be posted in the finish area and will be texted to each runner’s cellphone. It will also be posted on

Course Maps:  5K Map - click here     Kids' Run Map - click here

Registration Form (if you'd rather mail it in to PO Box 358, Hamilton, MA, 01936):  click here 

Liability Waivers (ONLY for those under 18):  5k click here, Kids' Run click here **Please fill out this additional liability waiver if you registered online AND are under 18 years of age for either the 5k or the Kids' Run.  Mail it to PO Box 358, Hamilton, MA  01936 or bring to race. 

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

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