August 2016 – Stay active this fall

runners.PNGAs autumn approaches and the days grow shorter, it can be appealing to cozy up at home. But if you’re looking to stay involved and work off the delicious pumpkin treats, the Fall Fitness 5K Series is just for you!  The Fall Fitness 5K Series is a chain of three 5K races that support local non-profit organizations involved with healthy living in Central Massachusetts. Partnering again this year, Community Harvest Project, The Reliant Medical Group Foundation, and the YMCA of Central Massachusetts – Boroughs Family Branch, will each be hosting a bi-weekly race this fall.

These three races have unique qualities which add to the excitement of participating in the series. The first 5K is held by The Reliant Medical Group on Saturday, October 1st at 10am. This is the perfect kick off to the series with a fairly flat road route around Indian Lake in Worcester. The second race, held by the YMCA, takes place Saturday, October 15th at 8:30 and offers a slightly more challenging course through slightly hilly neighborhoods in Westborough and Shrewsbury. These two races will prepare you for Community Harvest Project’s beautiful trail race through the Grafton Land Trust meadows and woods on Sunday, November 6th.

All of these races are chip-timed and USATF sanctioned 5K courses. Medals will be presented to overall series winner and prizes will also be distributed to winners of each specific race. Series participants registered before September 20th are guaranteed a t-shirt from each 5K. You can choose to sign up for the Fall Fitness 5K Series or to participate in just a single race.

The Fall Fitness 5K Series a great opportunity to stay active this fall and support three amazing local nonprofit organizations. After the final race in the series, held by Community Harvest Project 5K on Sunday, November 6th, all race participants have free admission to the Harvest Home Festival just across the street. Come hang out during the Patriot’s bye week and enjoy some great music, beer, food and a variety of free kid’s activities. We hope to see you there!

Read the rest of the August 2016 Sprout!

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