The 5k Bur-Run

A fun 3-mile run with no pressure and free dinner

Where: The Burren, Somerville Pub – Google Map Directions
When: Every Monday night at 6:45 p.m.
How Much: Free!

In typical April-in-New-England fashion, it was 30 degrees and snowing when I showed up at the  Bur-Run 5K on Monday night.

Bur-Run is a play on words for the 5K that starts and ends at The Burren pub in Somerville, but on this Monday night, the Burrrr part held extra significance.


Post-race beef stew and beers at The Burren’s Monday night 5k. Photo by Cat Trudell.

Although I’m complaining about the cold weather, I’m glad I did it. It was a fun thing to do in Boston and everyone was welcoming and friendly. Despite the snow, ten people showed up to run.

“I was new to Boston and I was looking for a way to branch out and meet new people,” said Barb Summers. “I like to run and it’s nice to force me to run, especially on days like this”

The Bur-Run 5K is organized by the Somerville Road Runners. They also hosts a free 4 mile run at 7:15 p.m. on Thursdays, starting at Casey’s tavern in Somerville.

“I think people get intimidated by joining a running club, but it’s a super wide mixture of people who are not serious at all, to people who are serious, slow people, fast people, which is nice. The joke is we’re a drinking club with a running problem.” said Summers.


Seth Maleri and Paul Venuti help orgranize the Monday night run. Photo by Cat Trudell.

The organizers of the Monday night run, Seth Maleri and Paul Venuti, agree that the vibe is laid back and judgement free.

“You have nothing to lose,” said Venuti. “It’s a fun course, you get free food at the end, and you can buy a beer if you want.”

Insider tip: The group meets in the basement of The Burren, so when you get there, go downstairs and meet up with the crew. They’ll give you a reflective vest if you don’t have your own. You sign in, and then you’re off by 7:00 p.m.

Shout out to Barb Summers for being my guiding light in the snow, and helping me navigate the 3 mile course.


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