Niantic Main Street invites you to the Niantic Bay Boardwalk 5K Run/Walk. This year, we’re rebranding the race to shell-ebrate everything under the sea! Participants are encouraged to dress as mermaids, sea monsters, sea creatures and more. Prizes awarded for best costume and best group costume. Proceeds from the race will go towards downtown revitalization. We hope you join us for this turtle-y awesome event this year!

5K Runners and walkers will enjoy a mostly flat course from Niantic’s McCook Point Park through the charming Village of Niantic, along Main Street and the Boardwalk, to a sparkling finish at Hole-in-the-Wall Beach. Post-race festivities and awards follow at the pavilion in McCook Point Park. Bring your family and friends and spend the day by the bay!

2024 Event details and schedule

Date: Saturday, April 20th
Registration and start at McCook Point Park, 8 Atlantic Avenue, Niantic, CT 06357.
Adults 19+: $30
18 and under(Students): $25

8:30-9:45 am: Race Day Registration
10:00 am: Race Begins
11:00 am: Award Ceremony

Bib pickup:
Friday 4/19 5-7PM at McCook Park, Niantic
Race Day beginning at 8:30 a.m. at McCook Point Park, Niantic

Click Here To Register!

  • Click the link above, log in/ create an account and find “Niantic Bay Boardwalk 5k” under program list. 
    Be sure to choose the correct registration category and that your registration information is correct. 
  • Register by March 21st to be guaranteed an event T-shirt!

Race Results and timing


  • Top three Females Overall, Top three Males Overall
  • Top Male/Female in age categories 18 an under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
  • Best Costume
  • Best Group Costume

Course/Route and Parking locations

Starting at McCook Point Park and heading through the Crescent Beach neighborhood, this course takes you down Main Street in Niantic to Cini Memorial Park to access the Niantic Bay Boardwalk for the last 1.1 miles, finishing at Hole in the Wall beach.

Organizer Info

The Niantic Bay Boardwalk 5K is hosted by East Lyme Parks and Recreation and Niantic Main Street, the non-profit organization dedicated to creating a vibrant community experience for residents and visitors in Niantic and the Town of East Lyme.

Niantic Main Street
159 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357
(860) 739-2550