Autumn Road Races of Central Mass

Posted: September 8, 2017

It's that time of year in New England - finally cool enough to dust off your running shoes and hit the pavement! Thankfully, there is no shortage of walks, 5ks, and fun runs happening in Central Massachusetts, so check out our list, then register, and get ready to race.

Fallon Health Canal Diggers 5k Road Race

Run the streets of Worcester in celebration of the Irish Immigrants who dug the Blackstone Canal, connecting Worcester to Providence. The race is scheduled for Saturday, September 9th at 11 a.m. Start at Worcester Hibernian Cultural Center located at 19 Temple Street, Worcester. 

Applefest 5k Road Race

Run along scenic country roads in Northborough, Mass. on Saturday, September 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. The race starts at Zeh School, 33 Howard Street, Northborough, Mass. The first 300 participants to pre-register will receive a t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the largest team as well as the group with the most ‘team spirit.’

Reliant Foundation 5k Road Race

Join Tufts and the YMCA for a 5k around Indian Lake on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. The race starts at Shore Park, 115 Shore Drive, in Worcester, Mass. Music and pre-race refreshments will follow, including special gifts for dogs!

Cider House 5k Run/Walk

See Wachusett Mountain from a different point of view during the Cider House 5k Run/Walk on October 15th.Registered participants will receive a race t-shirt, free admission into AppleFest and delicious fall post-race snacks. 


The seventh annual “Klepto” 5k to benefit Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation will take place on October 15th from 1-4p.m.beginning at North American Martyrs Rectory in Auburn. This race claims to have the best post-race party around with free t-shirts, food, Wormtown beer, and a DJ (all included with race registration.)

Worcester Running Festival

This year’s festival includes the National Grid Half Marathon, the Harvard Pilgrim 5k and the Bay State Savings Bank youth race. The first 1,000 entrants will receive technical t-shirts. The festival will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2017 beginning at 7:30 a.m. The fun starts at 455 Main Street, in downtown Worcester, Mass.

Run 4 Veterans - Veterans Inc 5K Road Race/Walk

This road race/walk benefits veterans and their families in need. It will be preceded by a “Get Fit, Get Veteran Strong” training camp by Committed Fitness intended to take participants from the couch to the 5k. Run 4 Veterans will take place on Saturday, November 4 at 9:00 a.m. beginning at Veterans, Inc., 69 Grove Street, in Worcester, Mass.

2017 Harvest Home 5K

Join the Community Harvest Project, on November 5th, with a run through the Grafton Land Trust trails!  includes a scenic view of Wachusett Mountain, a t-shirt and admission into the Harvest Home Festival.