About Boston Jolly Jaunt

Why We Run

On Saturday, December 3rd runners and walkers will gather on the Boston Common to take part in the 12th annual Boston Jolly Jaunt, presented by the New Balance Foundation. This professionally timed flat 5k course through Boston’s Back Bay has a fun holiday theme with prizes for best costume and jingle bells for each runner. The Boston Jolly Jaunt is the final race in the Run to Boston Race Series where each themed race is a step closer to Boston. Our Boston Jolly Jaunt as part of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Running Program, which raises money each year for the athletes of Special Olympics! By signing up, you’re not only getting to be part of this exciting event, but you’re also giving back to the 11,826 athletes with intellectual disabilities that Special Olympics supports. Don’t forget, only the first 1,000 runners to register receive a Boston Jolly Jaunt race shirt. All runners’ who register for the Run to Boston Race Series will receive a technical T-shirt. Register today!

Those who fundraise $500 or more receive a Special Olympics Massachusetts jacket!

Participant Information


Only the first 1,000 runners to register receive a Boston Jolly Jaunt T-shirt! Online registration closes Thursday, December 3rd at 1:00pm. If you plan on registering race morning, please arrive early! Registration will close promptly at 8:45am on race morning.

Individual Race Fees:
$35 Pre-Registration, $40 Race Day

* 100% of the registration fees and additional donations go back to Special Olympics MA!

Online Registration is strongly encouraged!
For all entries, only check or credit card are accepted; please do not send cash in the mail. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by Monday, November 21, 2016. If you are having trouble registering online and need immediate assistance, you may contact race@specialolympicsma.org or (508) 485-0986 Ext. 212.

Mail forms to:
Attn: Boston Jolly Jaunt
Special Olympics MA
512 Forest Street
Marlborough, MA 01752


Please arrive early, day-of registration begins at 8:00am.

Bib and Packet Pickup

Friday, December 4th: 3:00-7:00pm 
New Balance Store
583 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Please note: We do allow runners to register at packet pickup and we do allow family members or runners to pick up bibs for other runners. If you’re picking up a bib for another runner at packet pickup, please make sure you give the correct bib to each runner. If you plan on picking up 5 or more bibs, we ask you email race@specialolympicsma.org with the names of the runners or walkers, and we’ll set aside your bibs for you to expedite your bib pick up experience.

If you plan on picking up your bib on race morning, please arrive at least a half hour prior to race start, as the race will start promptly at 9:00am.

When you pick up your bib and shirt, take advantage of a 15% store discount for the Jolly Jaunt runners – discount available December 4th from 3-7pm only.

Event and Race Day Information

Saturday, December 5th:
9:00am Race Start
Boston Common
1 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116

Race Day Registration Time:
8:00am -8:45am. Race day registration will end 15
minutes before the race start. Please plan accordingly.
Race Day Timeline:
8:00am: Race Day Registration and Bib Pickup
9:00am: Race Start
9:30am: Fastest Male and Female Awards
9:45am: Costume Awards

Boston Common Parade Grounds (use address 1 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114). The start line is located on Charles Street near the crosswalk and the finish is located at the end of Charles Street by the Beacon Street and Charles Street intersection. See COURSE MAP for details. Please note, there is a DIFFERENT COURSE FOR THOSE WALKING the Boston Jolly Jaunt.

Two on-course water stations (after mile 1 and after mile 2 at Fairfield Street). Water and snacks will be provided at the finish line.

You will seed yourself on race day by your best-estimated time per mile for this 5K course (3.1 miles). Estimating accuracy will help ensure your safe completion of this race.

Travel Information (Getting to Boston Common): 
We encourage you to arrive at the Boston Common early, as several roads surrounding the Common will be closed for the safety of the runners. Please expect road closures starting at 8:00am and ending around 10:00am. Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. The race site is within walking distance of the Boylston or Arlington Street MBTA Stops (Green Line) or park Street MBTA Stop (Red or Green Line). Parking is limited on race day.

Baggage Claim (Locker rental during the race) :
For your convenience, Mobile Locker will be at the event to fulfill all of your baggage claim needs. The cost to rent a locker starts at $5. Cash or credit card accepted on site. Blue Locker will be set up near registration from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm on race day. Race management will not be held responsible for lost or stolen articles.

The awards for fastest man and fastest woman will be presented at 9:30am. The top fundraiser awards and costume contest awards will be awarded after the race concludes, around 9:45am. Please note, to enter the costume contest, you must go to the Special Olympics tent morning of to enter to win.

Time Awards
  • Fastest Woman
  • Fastest Man
Fundraising Awards
  • Top Individual
  • Top Corporate Team
  • Top Friends and Family Team
Costume Contest Awards 
  • Most Festive Individual Costume
  • Most Festive Team Costume
  • Most Unique Holiday Costume
    (individual or team)

Course Information and Maps

This flat, fast course is perfect for beginners or experienced runners looking to PR! Please note: our walk course is different from the running route. If you plan on walking, please make sure you choose that registration option. Only runners will receive a chipped bib!


View Running Route


View Walking Route

Race Results & Photos

Granite State Race Services will be timing this year’s Race! Keep an eye out for more details on race results. Take a look at past Boston Jolly Jaunt Photos

Additional Information

A Special Thank you to All Our 2016 Boston Jolly Jaunt Sponsors

The Boston Jolly Jaunt is Presented by
the New Balance Foundation






If you or your business would like to sponsor the Boston Jolly Jaunt, email Race Director, Lauren Gainor at race@specialolympicsma.org. If your business isn’t able to sponsor the event, but is still interested in getting involved, please contact Lauren Gainor. We appreciate your support!


All volunteer positions have been filled.

If your company or place of business is looking to volunteer or get involved, please email volunteer@specialolympicsma.org.

Tips for volunteering:
Make sure to dress for the unpredictable Boston winter weather – layers, comfortable shoes or boots, gloves, etc. Please wear your volunteer T-shirt at all times as your outer most layer of clothing so it’s visible to runners.  Avoid bringing backpacks or valuables to the event. All bags are subject to search by event security. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please do not bring pets – animals will not be allowed at event unless for medical purpose

About Special Olympics Massachusetts

video-imageSpecial Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) provides year-round sports training, athletic competition and other health-related programming for over 11,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities. Through the power of sports, the Special Olympics movement has a major impact on the lives of people with and without intellectual disabilities, uniting Massachusetts communities by fostering a sense of goodwill and inclusion. Special Olympics is a positive, powerful force in the lives of athletes and all that come in contact with the organization. Through participation in Special Olympics programs athletes gain increased self-confidence and self-esteem, access to quality health screenings and programs, and a vast social network that provides a great quality of life.