Esplanade 5K Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Participant Guide

Saturday, May 16 at 9:00am
DCR Hatch Shell

Thank you for registering for “Boston’s Most Beautiful 5K”! Your registrant information packet is below. If you have any other questions, please contact Kelsey Pramik at

Are you looking to register? You can do so here.


8:00am- Registration & Packet pick-up at the DCR Hatch Shell
8:15am- Warm-up
9:00am- Race begins
9:45am- Presentation of awards


Please note that there is no public parking on the Esplanade and vehicles are not permitted in the park.

Blue Bikes

Pick up a Bluebike at any station around Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville and return to a station located conveniently near the Hatch Shell. Find locations on the System Map or mobile app.


If entering by foot, you can take one of many footbridges to enter the park. They are all noted on this map.


Charles/MGH (red line) and Arlington (green line) are two of the closest MBTA stations to the park. Find all of the nearby stations on this map.


Recommended parking locations include Newbury Street lots or the Boston Common Garage.


Please direct rideshare vehicles to drop you on Beacon Street near Arlington Street. Cheers is a good reference spot. Once you’ve been dropped off, enter the park on foot via the Arlington St. footbridge.


Packet pick-up will take place at a date TBD and on Saturday, May 16 from 8:00am-8:45am at the DCR Hatch Shell.

No ID is required to pick-up your packet. You can pick up for friends/coworkers as long as you are able to provide their full names.


Day of registration will be $50 per person, payable via cash (exact change only), credit card, or Venmo.


The race takes a scenic route starting west from the DCR Hatch Shell (where the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular takes place each July 4), crossing onto the Esplanade islands, passing under the Mass Ave Bridge, and returning east via the Paul Dudley White Bike Path, parallel to Storrow Drive:


We will have markings spread behind the start line for the following race paces:
<6 minutes
6-7 minutes
7-8 minutes
8-9 minutes
9-10 minutes
10-11 minutes
11+ & walkers

Look for the signs and listen to the start line coordinator for instructions as to where to line up.

All strollers and dogs will be asked to start with the walkers, no matter the speed



Water will be available at the mid-way point of the race, as well as at the finish line.

There is a water fountain conveniently located near the Hatch Shell if you would like to refill your reusable water bottle.



Do you have friends/family who aren’t runners but who would like to play a meaningful role in the day, cheering you on in the process? Encourage them to volunteer!

Volunteers should reach out to Kelsey Pramik at if they are interested in signing up for the day. Tasks may include staffing the water station, assisting with t-shirt pick-up, and monitoring the course. The time commitment will be roughly 8:30am to 10:30am.


Race day photos will be captured by professional sports photographer, Brent Doscher ( and shared in a Facebook album following the race.

Share your own photos at #Esplanade5K. Tag us on Instagram (@EsplanadeinBoston) or Facebook/Twitter (@EsplanadeBoston)


Prizes will be awarded to the top three female and male runners overall. Medals will be awarded to the top female and male finishers across various age brackets including Under 15, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and Over.

The ceremony will take place by the timing tent shortly following the conclusion of the race at 9:45am.


We will have a fenced area where participants can leave their bags watched over by a volunteer. It’s not as formal as a bag check, as there won’t be numbers assigned, but participants are welcome to leave their things there for the duration of the race.

Any items stored are at your own risk. We cannot guarantee their safety during the event.


More details to come!


The Esplanade 5K Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the following: