Robot Race 5K

Event Date

Sat, Sep 20, 2014


Somerville, MA

About This Activity


We are sorry to report that due to circumstances beyond our control, the City of Somerville rescinded our permit for the race. We explored a variety of alternate locations the same day, but have decided to postpone the race. The race is now tentatively rescheduled for Sunday, April 12, 2015.
We have turned off registration and will be refunding registration fees over the next few days. informs us that it may take 5-7 days for the refund to appear on your card.
Please feel free to contact us ( with any questions or concerns.
Alan Vail
Race Registration Coordinator


September 20th event in Davis Square, Somerville, MA

HUMANS:  5K Race and Kids’ Run (12 and under)
ROBOTS:  100m Robot Sprint Challenge

A family-friendly 5K race for individuals, families and teams.  Dress up as a robot or bring your unique gadgets and enhancements for special prizes.

Register a robot for the sprint challenge. Must have a driver (out of line-of-sight for part of the challenge) and a chaperone for the course. Drivers will be seated at the control left. Autonomous or teleoperated robots will complete the straight 100m course (along a Somerville road), partially out of line-of-sight of the drivers, as quickly as possible. Robots will be required to receive a “Dixie” cup of confetti at the 50m water stop. Robot categories and waves may be established based on the qualities of the entrants.

The course starts on Summer Street in Davis Square and continues through Somerville with a switchback at Union Square. The 5K race will be chip timed and the course is USATF certified.

Enthusiastic runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors such as yourself make this a fun and successful event! Come out, promote innovation through technology, and make a difference.

Vibrant, healthy communities don’t happen by accident. Programs that educate and support healthy living need our support. We believe that bringing together bright individuals, the right technology, and inspirational fun, creates an environment for learning, sharing and advancement by leaps and bounds - possibly literally. That’s why the Vecna Cares Charitable Trust is proud to invite you to join us in creating and growing the Robot Race 5K. Together, we increase awareness and benefit critical community programs around the world.

All honors will be awarded as gift certificates and/or merchandise valued up to the dollar amount below.

1st Place Men/Women, $75
(All categories)

1st Place Men/Women Master $75

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Teams Framed Certificate

Additional Information
Detailed information regarding the event and activities can be found at

Registration can be done through the Register Now link on or on the race website at
Registration Fees

Individual 5K  
     $25 before 9/1/14
     $30 before 9/17/14
     $35 on Race Day
Team 5K
     $20 before 9/1/14
     $25 before 9/17/14
     $30 on Race Day
School Team 5K (Elementary - High School)
     $15 before 9/1/14
     $20 before 9/17/14
     $25 on Race Day
     $25 before 9/1/14
     $30 before 9/17/14
     $35 on Race Day
Kids Race

Please contact the Race Director at with any questions.

Event schedule and times

7:00 AM – On-site Registration & Packet Pickup
8:15 AM – Kids’ Run
8:30 AM – 5K Start
9:15 AM – Robot Sprint Challenge
9:30 AM – Awards Ceremony

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