About

running-cheeseWelcome to The Big Cheese 5K! Whether you’ve been with us from our humble beginnings in 2010 or are new to this “Cheesy Experience,” we are so glad to have you as a part of the race.

The Big Cheese 5K is a blast! You’ll feel accomplished. And most importantly, you’ll know that you’ve done your part to help others in need.

Our motto is: “We run for food and fun.” So whether you’re a hard core runner or a happy-go-lucky walker, please join us and bring a friend, or even the whole family (strollers welcome). And if you’re so inspired, feel free to wear a wacky costume. We love wacky costumes! So although we’ve raised serious cash — over $27,000 for the North Quabbin Food-a-thon and the Franklin Country Meals-on-Wheels Program — we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

We hope you will join us to celebrate our little town and show community pride with two unique races, The Big Cheese 5K and the River Rat Race (see paddlers’ link for more information). We encourage you to enter both races and if you do, we will recognize you with special “Double Duty” status on race day.

All you have to do is show up and chase the cheese. You might even catch yourself a block of award-winning Smith’s Country Cheese to take home with you. That and bragging rights, definitely bragging rights! See you at the race…

Peace, Love & Great Cheese,
Heather Brissette & Susan Black Allen

Registration

8:00 a.m.
Athol Memorial Building
584 Main St., Athol

Start
School St. @ Prospect 9:30AM

Finish Line
Town Hall

Results/Awards
10:30 AM
Athol Memorial Building

Entry Fees

YOUTH (18 & Under)
$15.00 until March 25th
$20.00 after March 25th

ADULT (19 & Over)
$20.00 until March 25th
$25.00 after March 25th

Family Cap $75

Prizes

Top 3 Male / Female Overall
Top 1st Male / Female in Each Category

  • 14 & Under
  • 15 – 19
  • 20 – 29
  • 30 – 39
  • 40 – 49
  • 50 – 59
  • 60 – 69
  • 70 & over

BEST COSTUME – Adult
BEST COSTUME – Youth