Somerville Wellness Challenge Kick-Off and Recreation 5K Road Race

Photos by Frank Santangelo

Adult and children’s walk/run races were followed by health and wellness fair with demonstrations, music, and more. 

This past Sunday, Mayor Curtatone and Shape Up Somerville for the new, improved, and re-energized Mayor’s Wellness Challenge, kicked off with a 5K race and walk, and children’s fun run that began at 10:30 a.m . It was followed by the 5K, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Somerville High School Field house, a free Wellness Kickoff Fair featuring creative ways to improve health and well-being, fitness demonstrations and mini classes for all ages, music, Wellness “goodie bags,” and an opportunity to sign up for the six-week Challenge. 

Residents were offered to join as a team or sign up as an individual, and follow throughout the Challenge for discounted health, fitness, and wellness activities and events to earn points for prizes. 

The Challenge was a great way to meet like-minded residents to build positive and healthy relationships. (You did not need to participate in the 5K to come to the Wellness Fair!)
About the Challenge

The annual Mayor’s Wellness Challenge is a citywide event that runs from April 24 through June 5, inviting everyone in Somerville to challenge themselves and others to focus on healthy behaviors. 

Sign up as a team of five or go it alone in a friendly competition to keep up the daily healthy habits of 9-5-2-1-0 (an average of 9 hours of sleep, 5 fruits and veggies, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour of physical activity, 0 sugary drinks and/or tobacco). Pick one each week and gain points for doing it daily! Winners will be announced at the Carnaval @ Somerstreets on June 5.

Shape Up Somerville and Somerville Recreation 5K road race and walk, and children’s fun run (register here:

Reebok’s BOKS Program

Boston Kicker’s Soccer

Zumba & Soba Yoga mini class

Self-defense and boxing demonstrations


Function Movement Screenings by The Training Room

Reading with the Somerville Public Library

Healthy snacks



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