Event description

Events

10K Race & 5K Run/Walk  Run USATF-sanctioned races on a scenic course through the park and around and under some of their world famous coasters. Post-race refreshments and award ceremony follow the races.

Roller Coaster Ride – Even if you do not run, you can ride a distance of 5K on roller coasters and win a medal. You’ll get a wristband to track your coaster rides throughout the day, and anyone riding a total distance of 5K wins a Roller Coaster Ride custom medal! See rules for more details.

Cost

Pricing for this event is not yet available. Sign up for our email list to receive the most up-to-date news on registration and early-bird pricing deals!

Season pass holders will receive a discount on registration, as they do not need a park ticket.

Host Hotel

Experience our Run or Ride VillageStay with other runners and coaster enthusiasts at our host hotel, which will be announced shortly. Once available, you will be able to book through our travel partner, GET Sports.

Park Tickets

1-day park ticket is included with every race  registration.

You will have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets through registration for a discounted price.

Charity Fundraising

When you fundraise on behalf of one of our charities, we create a personalized fundraising page for you to get you started. Direct your friends and family to this page so they can donate to the cause!  If you don’t plan to fundraise, you can still make a donation along with your registration.

We are proud to partner with the YMCA of Greater Springfield as our local race charity.

FAQ - Races and Roller Coaster Ride

What is the Roller Coaster Ride℠?

Ride any combination of the park’s world-class roller coasters to complete a total of 5K—that’s 16,405 feet, or about seven rides depending on which ones you do! Have your wristband stamped as you exit each ride, and we will tally your total distance when you check in at the scoring table at the end of the day.

Rules

The following rules apply to the Roller Coaster Ride:

  • Ride a total distance of 5K (16,405 feet)
  • Complete all rides by scheduled end time of event (may differ from park hours)
  • Use park ticket included with registration the day of the event during normal hours of operation

The Roller Coaster Ride℠ is subject to a number of unpredictable conditions, including weather, ride closures, and park crowds on the day of the event. In other words, we do not give refunds if your favorite roller coaster is closed, if it’s raining, or if there are long ride lines!

Review the height restrictions below before signing up children to make sure there are enough coasters they can ride.

Roller Coasters

Here are the Six Flags New England roller coasters, including total ride distance and height restrictions:

Roller Coaster
Distance (ft) Minimum
Height (in)
Batman: The Dark Knight 2,620 54
Bizarro 5,400 54
Catwoman’s Whip 1,180 48 (41 w/adult)
Flashback 886 48
Goliath 1,203 54
Gotham City Gauntlet 1,213 54 (46 w/adult)
Great Chase 337 NA
Mind Eraser 2,100 52
Pandemonium 1,345 47 (43 w/adult)
Thunderbolt 2,170 48
Wicked Cyclone 3,320 48

Find out more about the roller coasters at Six Flags New England thrill rides.

Packet Pickup

Bring the following:

  • Confirmation email
  • Photo ID
  • Military ID (If you received a military discount)
  • Valid season pass (If you signed up as a Six Flags season pass holder)

Packet pickup dates and times for 2016 will be updated when available.

Awards

Custom trophies will be give to the top 3 overall male and female finishers as well as the top 3 male and female finishers in the following Age categories: 14 & under, 15 – 19, 20 – 24, 25 – 29, 30 – 34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 & over. (Note: fewer awards may be given in some age categories if fewer than ten runners are registered in those categories one month before the race.)

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers in the 10K race. Prizes:

  • $250 for 1st place,
  • $150 for 2nd place,
  • $100 for 3rd place.

Race results

Results for the 10K & 5K races will be posted at the finish line and on our web site as soon as they become available. The award ceremony for the 10K & 5K races will take place near the finish line immediately after the race. Results will also be emailed to all finishers.

For past years’ results and photos, click here.

Extra T-shirts & Merchandise

Extra race technical shirts, Roller Coaster Ride t-shirts, other Roller Coaster Race merchandise will be available for sale at the merchandise table at packet pickup and at the race.

Volunteer

We need volunteers to help with the 10K & 5K races. All race volunteers will receive:

  • free t-shirt
  • all-day pass to the park for the day of the event
  • stay after the race for our post-race refreshments
  • purchase additional tickets to the park at a discounted rate

Volunteer sign-up is now available here. You must be 16 years old to be a volunteer, though you can bring children if your job assignment allows them to be appropriately supervised, and they don’t interfere with you carrying out your assigned role.

Rules

Minimum pace for 10K

15 minute per mile pace must be maintained by runners in the 10K race. Runners falling slower than that pace will be asked to exit the race course, as park will be preparing to open for business.

Refunds

Race registration fees are not refundable or transferable to another runner. If you are registered but cannot participate in the race, you can still pick up your race t-shirt and ticket to amusement park at packet pickup.

Wheelchairs and Disabilities

Wheelchair athletes are permitted using push rim wheelchairs. Handcycles are not permitted. Other disability-related accommodations can be made if a request is submitted to the race director at least six weeks in advance of the race.

Age limit

The age limit for the 10K & 5K races is 6 years old, but participants under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Dogs, Strollers, Headphones

Dogs are prohibited at all Roller Coaster Races.

Strollers are permitted, but anyone pushing a stroller must start in the back of the field. The race course has some sections that are roughly paved and may not be too friendly for a conventional stroller with small wheels.

Portable electronics with headphones are a safety hazard, and we recommend that you do not use them, but they are permitted in the race according to USA Track & Field guidelines. Runners with headphones are expected to use good judgment while on the course, and not wear them during the pre-race announcements at the start of the race.

Privacy

The Roller Coaster Race will not share registrant data for any reason other than those required to conduct race operations (e.g., our timing company), and in those cases require that the data not be used for any other reason. However please be aware that the Roller Coaster Race is owned by a travel company, and you may be contacted about race-related travel opportunities.

Waiver

Read our general release, publicity and waiver of liability for the Roller Coaster Race.

How to Sponsor the Event

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this or any Roller Coaster Race location. Learn more about the benefits of sponsorship