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September 22, 2018 (Bedford Day)

8:30 am Start (7:30 Registration)

John Glenn Middle School

99 McMahon Road, Bedford MA

All proceeds benefit the Danny Oates Memorial Scholarship Fund


$25 pre- registration, $30 day of

Special $5 registration for active military

The Danny Oates Memorial 5K, sponsored by the Frank W. Thompson Lodge, Bedford Masonic Association was founded to pay tribute to the beloved son of Bob and Judy Oates, long time Bedford residents. Bob is a retired Bedford firefighter, and their son Brian currently serves as a firefighter now. Since 1998, the race has added over $100,000 to the scholarship fund, and last year gave out over $15,000 in scholarships.

On July 3, 1991 at age 4, Danny Oates drowned. Responding to the call was Oates' firefighter father, Bob. It was a day that changed the Bedford Fire Department, and inspired help  Danny's brother Brian to become a firefighter. A few years later,  Paul O'Brien, a Bedford Police officer and fellow Mason with Bob Oates suggested a road race in Danny's memory. That year, one $500 scholarship was given out. Twenty years later, the race gives out over $15,000 each year and is a pillar of Bedford Day.

To read more about the origin of the race, please visit this article in the Bedford Minuteman

Our race is a family friendly, fun event. We love seeing families run together. We welcome strollers, just please stay to the back of the start and be careful!