About the Race

The Scarecrow Classic 5K is celebrating its 8th year running! The 5K course winds through the scenic roads, fields, and trails of this historic New England town. Last year we had an enthusiastic crowd of 550 participants! Proceeds from this event support the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust (LLCT). LLCT helps manage more than 2,500 acres of land and nearly 80 miles of public trails as a regional recreational resource for the Greater Boston Area. This non profit organization is one of the oldest land trusts in the country and is recognized nationally for its conservation work.

This year, the Scarecrow Classic will look a little different. We are offering two different options for our participants. On Sunday, October 18th, 2020, we will offer a limited in-person race, with social distancing strictly enforced. Runners and walkers will sign up for a start time and run or walk the course in a small cohort. There will be no party afterwards, unfortunately.  In the week leading up to October 18th, (October 11-18)  we will also offer a virtual race option. We'll mail you your Scarecrow Classic Shirt and you can run anywhere and anytime!  Virtual participants can submit their unofficial times and encouraged to share photos of their run on social media. Please note that if public safety recommendations change, we reserve the right to pivot to a totally virtual race for all participants at short notice. Participant registrations will automatically transfer to the virtual race.  See the registration page for more details about both race options.

Scarecrow Classic Raffle

For the 2020 race, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) will not be holding a raffle. The raffle is a great way to raise additional funds for land conservation efforts, but was not possible for this year. Please consider making an additional donation to LLCT when you register for the race. Any and all gifts are greatly appreciated , and donations to LLCT are tax deductible to the amount allowable by law.


bring your own water bottle

Bring your own water bottle! For the last three years, LLCT has asked that race participants bring their own water bottles to the race. Thank you for helping us to reduce single-use plastic at the race. Please leave your water bottle in your car. You are also welcome to run/walk with your water bottle. This year, water will not be offered along the course or at the finish line. Thank you for your understanding!

A Green Race!

LLCT continues to make the race as environmentally friendly as possible. In the past, LLCT has composted all food waste from the race, and last year we awarded winners with a Norfolk Pine. This year will look a little different as we make changes to ensure the race is a safe experience for everyone. As part of our decision making process, we seek to minimize environmental impact wherever possible.

A big shout out to our sponsors for their continued support of the Scarecrow Classic 5K! We are so grateful to local businesses for partnering with us in support of conservation. Check out our Sponsor Page., and when you patronize one of these businesses, please let them you heard about them at the race!

Cranberry Hill Associates
Iemello Landscape Contractors
Thought Forms
The Commons in Lincoln
Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty
Kertzman & Weil LLP
Antico Excavating Inc
Wellesley Toyota
William Jackson Associates, Inc.