Rocky Neck 5k

Rocky Neck 5k

Race Overview

The Firth annual Rocky Neck 5K Run/Walk & Team Challenge, sponsored by the Rocky Neck Art Colony to benefit Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District and the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Building Fund, takes place on Sunday, May 6, 2018 and once again this year includes a Team Challenge. The USATF-sanctioned race will take off from the Causeway on Rocky Neck and return by way of Gloucester’s ocean-rimmed Back Shore to finish on Rocky Neck, where participants will be treated to a celebratory post-Race brunch and awards ceremony at The Studio Restaurant and Deck, overlooking picturesque Smith Cove on Gloucester Harbor.  Individuals and teams—runners and walkers of all ages—are welcome.  But everyone is urged to sign up soon, as participation in this year’s Race will be capped at 400.

The Rocky Neck 5K & Team Challenge will be a community ‘happening’ which benefits a neighborhood-based, volunteer organization committed to preserving Rocky Neck’s unique arts and maritime cultural heritage.  And, it will be an event offering lots of FUN for lots of people!  Nearly anyone can run or walk this event. Beginners can get a taste of what exercise and outdoor enjoyment bring. Experienced runners can sharpen their times on a forgiving course. Any kind of group will find it especially rewarding to compete as a team and/or with family and friends.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., will serve as Race headquarters, where packet pickup will take place on the morning of the Race.  Parking will be along the streets and in designated public and private lots on and around Rocky Neck, where volunteers will be positioned to assist visitors in locating a spot. There will be space available in Rocky Neck Park along the Causeway for individuals and teams to meet up and warm up before the Race.

Free Shirts for Early Registrants! Register EARLY!  Those who registerearly for the Rocky Neck 5K will receive free a 2018 edition Race t-shirt, certain to become a collector’s item.  Since participation is capped at 400, register early, either online or in person at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck to be guaranteed both a spot and a t-shirt. 

After Party at The Studio   The post-Race celebration for participants will once again take place at The Studio Restaurant and Deck, overlooking beautiful Smith Cove on Rocky Neck.The chance to be feted to The Studio's extraordinary brunch buffet and to enjoy the camaraderie of friends and foes while seated at one of its expansive inside or outside bars are reasons enough to register. Race participants get in free. Friends and family will be able to share in the fun for a $10 donation at the door.

Run for A Cause


The Rocky Neck 5K & Team Challenge will be a community ‘happening’ which benefits a neighborhood-based, volunteer organization committed to preserving Rocky Neck’s unique arts and maritime cultural heritage.  And, it will be an event offering lots of FUN for lots of people!  Nearly anyone can run or walk this event. Beginners can get a taste of what exercise and outdoor enjoyment bring. Experienced runners can sharpen their times on a forgiving course. Any kind of group will find it especially rewarding to compete as a team and/or with family and friends.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC), a section 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization established in 1974, is a preeminent destination for creative achievement and spirited community.  With over 200 artist and community members, RNAC is dedicated to the economic and cultural vitality of the Rocky Neck community.  We provide year-round opportunities for educational and professional development in the arts, including lectures, workshops, exhibitions, scholarships and residencies. At the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, an historic 1877 former chapel, we provide year-round space for arts, cultural and community programming. RNAC has become a cornerstone of Gloucester’s vibrant arts scene as the lead partner in the Rocky Neck Cultural District, promoting cultural partnerships and collaborative programming. The critical work of the RNAC in the region is made possible, not only through membership and art sales, but also by the ongoing support of businesses, institutions, foundations and generous individuals.