Finally Spring 5k!

The 2022 Finally Spring 5k is back in 2022! 

2022 Results

Saturday, April 2, 2022
9:30 a.m. (Kids Run) | 10:00 a.m. (5k) 
Highland Park School
Manchester, CT  

Past Results

5k Course Map (Green/Blue - Mile 1, Red Mile 2, Blue Green - Mile 3+)  Youth One Mile Fun-Run Course Map

Online Registration Confirmation

Tour the Course!

The Finally Spring 5k is presented by Manchester Running Company as we welcome in Spring on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. for the Kids Run and 10:00 a.m. for the 5k. Online Registration Here. Mail-In Registration Link coming soon.  

New in 2022: 
- No on-site, paper registration.
- No cash accepted on-site. We accept credit cards and checks, though prefer as contactless as possible. 
- Online pre-registration is strongly encouraged and the price to register day of will reflect our strong encouragement to pre-register. 
- We recommend masks in close proximity to others, and they must be worn in the school. 
- There will be no post-race food. We will provide bottled water. 
- Our awards ceremony will only recognize the top three overall male and female winners; all other divisions will feature "walk-through" awards distribution.

8:00 a.m. - Bib Pick-Up Opens (both races)
9:15 a.m. - Bib Pick-Up for Kids Run Closes
9:30 a.m. -Kids Run Begins
9:45 a.m. - Bib Pick-Up for Finally Spring 5k! Closes
10:00 a.m. - Finally Spring 5k! Begins
10:50 a.m. - Walk through Awards and Prizes open as soon as results are available. 

Location: The race is run primarily in the Howard/Porter Passive Recreation Area on Ferguson Street in Manchester, Conn.  The start and finish is actually on Ferguson Street itself so a total of about 200 yards is run on the road. This is primarily a trail race.

Registration and Cost: Registration can be done in one of three ways.  You may register online by clicking here, you may download the application (coming soon) and mail in your entry along with check made out to Manchester Running Company or you can do paperless register on race day in the Highland Park School parking lot.

Pre-registration is $25.00 through March 1st for adults and $5.00 for youth. 
$30 after March 1st through April 1st at 11:59 a.m.
Race day - $40

Avoid Online Processing Fees: Want simple registration without the processing fees and taxes? We've got you covered. Fill out this form, take a picture or scan to and Venmo @Patrick-Byrne-42 your registration fees and we'll take care of you. Only requirement is legible handwriting and an email where we can reach you with questions.  

Parking: There is limited parking available at Highland Park School; this lot will fill up quickly. There is plenty of street parking on neighboring streets but please be prepared you may need to park as far as 1/4 mile away. There will also be no parking on Ferguson St. from the reservoir to Porter St., there is parking toward the Middle Tnpk side of Ferguson, however. If you know you are going with a group we suggest meeting at Manchester High School and just taking one car, it will save room.

Restrooms: Restrooms are available inside Highland Park School.

 Awards: 2022 Award Divisions
Open Male and Open Female (1st, 2nd, 3rd) earn prize money ($75, $50, $25)
Youth Awards: All participants receive an award
18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 +; no double-dipping

Sponsors: Select Physical Therapy and Manchester Running Company! More to come as we finalize agreements. If you are interested in sponsoring please email

Results: Results will be posted on our website along with The Last Mile Racing.  The 2019 FS5K! was won by Sam Alexander (M) and Elizabeth Fengler. 

Timing: Timing will be done by The Last Mile Racing Company

The Course: We call it a 5k, but really it's probably a 5.25k  Starting on Ferguson Street the course is primarily rolling hills for the first mile before you hit some flat and gradual downhill starting in mile 2, mile three is very much downhill.  Because the course starts on road we do not recommend spikes but trail shoes are highly recommended. See course map.

Food: Due to Covid-19 concerns we are not offering post-race food this year; we will have bottled water available. 

Interested in Volunteering? We could always use some help at our event! If you're interested in volunteering please contact us at

Sponsorship Opportunities: Corporations interested in sponsoring the Finally Spring 5k! are asked to contact Patrick at