Rocky Neck 5k

Rocky Neck 5k

Race Overview

The sixth 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, took place on Sunday, May 5, 2019 and once again this year included a Team Challenge. The USATF-sanctioned race will took off from the Causeway on Rocky Neck and returned by way of Gloucester’s ocean-rimmed Back Shore to finish on Rocky Neck, where participants were  treated to a celebratory post-Race brunch and awards ceremony at The Studio Restaurant and Deck, overlooking picturesque Smith Cove on Gloucester Harbor.  

The Rocky Neck 5K & Team Challenge is a community ‘happening’ which benefits a neighborhood-based, volunteer organization committed to preserving Rocky Neck’s unique arts and maritime cultural heritage.  It is an event that offers 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.

THANK YOU to our participants, tireless volunteers, and generous sponsors!!! Special thanks to The Studio Restaurant for hosting the amazing post-race brunch. 

Rocky Neck 5K: 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.