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Lake Park Summer Fitness 5K Running Series

Save your Tuesday evenings in July, 2017 — 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th — for the Lake Park Summer Fitness 5K Running Series hosted by the Central Mass Striders and the Massachusetts Department of Recreation and Conservation.

Time: 6:30 PM. On-site registration only, starting at 6 PM.

Location: Inside DCR's Lake Quinsigamond State Park, Worcester. Start and finish near the bathhouse. See location on Google Maps

Distance:  A flat 5K (3.1 miles, 16,405 feet) wheel-measured course.

Run Info: The start and finish line are the same, near the bathhouse within the park. The course consists of a 1.1-mile loop that is in the park followed by a 2-mile loop mostly outside the park. Wicked flat. Light refreshments and one water stop at the one-mile mark. Free parking on nearby streets or within the park if entered after 5 PM. Timing and scoring by the Central Mass Striders, Joe Alfano, crew chief. Download the flyer for the 2017 Lake Park 5K Series

Enjoy a high-speed winter run of the course with this 4+ minute video on YouTube.

Entry Fee: FREE for CMS members, $5 for non-members. Individual membership is only $20 a year (a whole family for only $25) and comes with many benefits.  Paper forms will be available at registration or you can become a member online.

  • A commemorative t-shirt for people completing or volunteering for at least three of the four weekly runs.
  • Water at one mile-mark and finish, fruit and beverages and other food.
  • Awards to top male and female and top male and female in the following age divisions: up to 19, 20-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Contact: Bob Dio, Lake Park Series Director (978-807-5368)

Sponsor: Many thanks to our sponsor, Sneakerama. Just down the road from the race at 12 Lake Ave., Worcester, MA. Visit them at

We are looking for volunteers to make this event happen. Online Volunteer Sign-Ups are Now Online. You need to sign up individually for each date that you'd like the volunteer. If you prefer to not enter your phone number in the online sign-up form, just enter N/A. If you sign up and find that you cannot volunteer, please undo your sign-up at the same website. Thank you so much to our wonderful volunteers who make these races happen!