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The Big 5K Road Race

Friday, Sept 3 - 6:30 PM

Join The Big E for a special race day that kicks off the Fair season! Run or walk the 5K Road Race or compete with a friend in the fun Big 5K Scramble—a course with Big E-themed challenges around every corner. This family-friendly event also includes a Kids Fun Run for ages 10 and under. Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers in both the Road Race and Scramble. The event wraps with a Storrowton Tavern Patio Party that includes giveaways and an awards ceremony.

Can't make it? Run or walk the Virtual Race at your own pace from any location you choose—on the road, on the trail, or on the treadmill! Be among the first 300 people to register and submit your time before September 3rd, and we will mail you a special swag bag for participating.

Do the race solo, sign up with a team or run for a cause! Register now to be in The Fun 300— the first 300 people to register will receive a swag bag with a t-shirt, single-day admission ticket to Fair, patio party drink ticket and more. The first 100 kids registered will also receive a swag bag.

Dress in your Big E best as team and solo runners have an opportunity to win The Big E Spirit Award! All proceeds from the race benefit youth agriculture and education activities at the Eastern States Exposition.

As part of Hunger Awareness Month, we invite you to help us address food insecurity in our community by donating non-perishable food items to “Stuff the Van” for West Springfield’s Parish Cupboard. Our goal is to fill the Parish Cupboard’s delivery van with healthy food for people in this region. Bring your donations to the race and receive free Giant Slide tickets for your visit to The Big E!

2021 Race Fees

Registration (January 1 - September 2, 2021)
Virtual Race $20
5K $30
Scramble $40

Race Day Registration (September 3)
5K $35
Scramble $45

Kids Fun Run
Free with the donation of a canned good.

Body by Beef Virtual Training Program

Who needs a little extra motivation to start training for The Big 5K?

Join RRCA-Certified Running Coach and Registered Dietitian Chrissy Carroll as she hosts a FREE virtual 5K training program leading up to our race - brought to you courtesy of the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative.

The “Body By Beef” program is perfect for beginner runners (or walkers), and will help you get ready for the race in just 8 weeks with an easy-to-follow training plan.

In addition, you'll get access to a private Facebook group with ongoing support from Coach Chrissy, hear helpful tips about running, and learn all about how beef can support your training.

The program kicks off on Monday, 7/12! Want in? Just fill out this Google form to join: https://forms.gle/Jrb6FGLLr9p7UncM6. (You'll receive more info about joining the Facebook group and a sample training plan as it gets closer to the kick off date.)


This program officially starts on 7/12/21. If you'd like to participate using the free 8 week training plans, please join as close to this date as possible. However, you are still welcome to register for the program and join the Facebook group at any time leading up to the Big 5K. While you won't receive training plans to use when joining closer to the event, you can still ask training questions and get running tips from Coach Chrissy.

2021 Sponsors

Beef Council Beef Council
Westfield Bank Westfield Bank
Health New England Health New England
Michelob Ultra Michelob Ultra
Dasani Dasani
Buckley Richardson Buckley Richardson
Jelly Bellys pools & Spas Jelly Bellys pools & Spas
Giombetti Associates Giombetti Associates
Bertera Auto Group Bertera Auto Group

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