The Big Cheese 5K starts on School Street and is the first division of the Annual River Rat Parade. The cheers from the parade crowd along Main Street make the first mile an adrenaline sprint and you’ll be shocked how quickly you come up on our split caller located on the corner of Union St. & Shore Dr. The dreaded Exchange St. Hill looms ahead in Mile 2 but worries because this split ends with a recovery lap around Silver Lake Park and a respite water station. Local Girl Scouts man the water station and their encouragement is just what you’ll need as you head into Mile 3 and few more hills. The last half mile of this race is a downhill jog all the way down Crescent Street and back onto Main Street where you will finish strong in front of the Athol Town Hall. Follow the voices of the finish line team and they will guide you to cold water and snacks.