Summer Sizzlers


The Summer Sizzler Weekly Race Series has been held each Wednesday from Mid-April through August since 1980.  Organized by the Greater Springfield Harriers running club, the series alternates between 5 kilometer XC and 8 kilometer road courses.

The series kicks-off each year on the 19th of April, Everett Barney Day, in reconigtion and thanks for his 178-acre land donation made back in 1890 to what became Forest Park.

See COVID-19 Update

Where:  Walker Memorial Grandstand, Forest Park, Springfield, MA  
Starts:  Everett Barney Day, Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 6:30 PM

with the 8K Road Race
Continues: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
April 22th through August 26th 
alternating between 8K Road Race and 5K Cross Country Races
Fee: Only $5.00!
No pre-registration; just sign up on race day
Kids 14 and under are free!
  • Free post-race refreshments

  • Age group record-breakers will receive a gift certificate to FAST FEET.

  • Races will be held regardless of weather

COVID-19 Update

   Friday, July 10th

The Summer Sizzlers weekly race series will remain free virtual races thru the season ending race Wed, August 26th, unless by some slim chance the state order ban is lifted.

But until then, here's 'Some Good News'...  
    You can still participate in our Summer Sizzler Virtual Races for free!!!

As the first three virtual Summer Sizzlers have been a success, we will continue with virtual races in May and throughout the summer until life resumes as we once knew it.

The courses will alternate each week between the 5K cross-crountry (XC) and 8K road. The courses will be marked by noon each Wednesday.
See Schedule

There is no race fee although Forest Park does charge a small entrance fee. Or you can park outside the Park and walk in.
Please check our web site for the rules and remember to stay safe and keep your distance from other runners and walkers.
As before, email your finish time, age and USATF club affiliation to

Be Safe & Good Luck!

The rules:

1. Restated for emphasis: Be smart. Stay safe. Maintain safe social distancing! If you see or hear of anyone not adhering to safety protocols, let us know using

2. Run the race course on race day. The course's start, key turns, and finish line will be marked by noon on race day.

3. Mail your finishing time with your name, age and any USATF club affiliation to by end of the day. This will be on the honor system. You do not need to submit any Strava, Garmin or any other GPS data. Results will be compiled and posted on the following day.

Please contact Iwona Boruch using with any questions.

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Note: This is true cross country course. It is both challenging and a bit tricky to navigate. It goes thru wooded trails with short steep hills, tree roots, mud and streams. There are some rather muddy and wet areas when you take a right at the bottom of the first hill. Hovever a majority of the course is much improved now that the Park construction is completed. The start will be marked and is on the side of Walker Grand Stand across from the basketball courts and not where the 8K starts. The finish is at the top of the first hill you go down and will also be marked. Google Map
Steve Snover16:03(1986)Randy Thomas24:01(1987)
Carol O'Connor19:26(1981)Nancy Conz26:56(1982)

2020 Race Schedule & Results

WK 01  Sun Apr 19 8K ROAD Everett Barney Day Season Opener RESULTS
WK 02  Wed Apr 22 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 03  Wed Apr 29 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 04  Wed May 6 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 05  Wed May 13 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 06  Wed May 20 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 07  Wed May 27 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 08  Wed June 3 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 09  Wed June 10 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 10  Wed June 17 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 11  Wed June 24 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 12  Wed July 1 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 13  Wed July 8 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 14  Wed July 15 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 15  Wed July 22 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 16  Wed July 29 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 17  Wed August 5 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 18  Wed August 12 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 19  Wed August 19 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 20  Wed August 26 5K XC   RESULTS

Results History

Steve Snover16:03(1986)Randy Thomas24:01(1987)
Carol O'Connor19:26(1981)Nancy Conz26:56(1982)