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6th Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k

  • 25 Nov 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Patton Park, Hamilton, MA

SATURDAY November 25, 2023

ECTA is holding its 6th Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k and Kids Fun Run the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Patton Park in Hamilton (November 25, 2023).  The Kids' Run will begin at 9:30AM and the 5k will start at 10AM.  Using a scenic and challenging course and offering great prizes, this will be an event for all!  Super prizes for top finishers, and many other terrific prizes, including a pair of Celtics tickets will be raffled off post race! We are building on the fine tradition enjoyed by so many for many 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! 

Men's and Women's 25 & Under, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65, Over 65.

Registration: OPENING SOON!
Registration Fees:

  • Registration for 5k (through Nov. 19th): Members = $20, Non-members = $30
  • Race Day Registration for 5k (Race Day 7:00-8:25 AM at Patton Park): Members = $25, Non-members = $35
  •  Kids' Fun Run:  $15 per child (Children 12 and Under)

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).

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 22nd 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. Top finishers and at least 15 lucky number prizes will be awarded. 

Results: will be posted in the finish area and published promptly.

Course Maps COMING SOON: 

5K Map - click here     Kids' Run Map - click here

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