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Come Back The Track with Shalane Flanagan!

Shalane Flanagan, victorious at the 2017 New York City Marathon. Photo credit: Elsa/Getty Images

The fourth annual Back The Track 5K will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Marblehead, Massachusetts — and Olympic silver medalist and 2017 New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan will be there with you! Shalane helped MTA launch this race in 2014, and we are excited to welcome her back again in 2017. We welcomed 1,300 racers 3 years ago — and expect an even bigger crowd this year!

(What’s that? You want to meet Shalane? Keep reading!!)

Why else should you Back The Track? The MTA is building our running community by sponsoring youth track and field clinics, the McCarthy Invitational Youth track and field meet, the Marblehead Mile, and of course the Back The Track 5K. We were a key part of the fundraising group that re-built the Susan Redfield Track at Village School, and continue to raise funds towards its upkeep. In the future, we’ll be sponsoring scholarships to college-bound track/cross-country athletes. We appreciate your support of our mission.

REGISTER ONLINE through 4pm ET on November 23, 2017.


9:00am: Two-mile walk

9:20am: One-mile kids’ run (12 and under)

10:00am: Certified 5K race


Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey Street, Marblehead, Massachusetts

Entry fee:

$25 for the 5K and two-mile walk ($30 for day-of registration)

$20 for the one-mile kids’ run (same price for day-of registration)

Race shirts:

Tech race shirts will be available to the first 1,000 entrants. Register early: We expect 1,500 runners toe the line with Shalane in 2017.

Come meet Shalane at packet pick-up!

Shalane will be signing autographs and posing for photos between 5pm and 7pm on Friday, November 24 at the Marblehead Community Center. Stop by and get your number and say “hi” to our hometown superstar!


Caleb Evanter took the 2014 men's crown in 15:57.

Caleb Evanter nabbed first place overall in 2014, clocking 15:57. He repeated in 2015.

Gerrick Rodrigues is all smiles!

Gerrick Rodrigues is all smiles!

Meagan Nedlo took the 2014 women's crown in 18:04.

Meagan Nedlo took the 2014 women’s crown in 18:04.



RETURNING IN 2017: The Shalane Flanagan High School Team Challenge!

Teams of 3 boys or 3 girls will toe the line this year, competing in the second annual Shalane Flanagan High School Team Challenge! The top boys and girls team will have bragging rights for the year AND take possession of the Flanagan Cup, a traveling trophy that will be held by the victorious team until next year’s race. For more information, click here.


Back The Track is part of the 2017 Marblehead Race Series!

We are proud to be part of the 2017 Marblehead Race Series! The Marblehead Race Series consists of a variety of races that take place around town between May and November. All of these races support local charities and non-profit organizations. Participants who complete a certain number of races will receive commemorative awards. For more information, see the Facebook page for the Marblehead Race Series.



Tons of kids braved the cold for the 1-mile race!

Tons of kids braved the cold for the 2014 1-mile race as Shalane Flanagan looks on.