To many, the term "summer fest" is code for accepted public tipsiness, sway-dancing to jam tunes, and noshing on festival foods. But for the fitness fiends, the term might mean getting together with other übermensch for a little ol' 12K race at 9 a.m. No big whoop.
If you're really that into punishing yourself, head to Steward Lodge at Mendon Ponds Park on Saturday, August 31. The hilly course starts on Douglas Road (just south of the dirt road to Stewart Lodge). Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., and the 12K begins at 9 a.m., but an early start will take place at 8:30 a.m. for those who run slower than 12-minute miles. A 5K race will begin at 9:05 a.m., and kids races (1/4 mile, then 1/2 mile, then mile) commence at 10:15 a.m. The awards ceremony will be held at about 10:30 a.m.
The fee for participating in the 12K is $23, or $30 the day-of, and the 5K is $18, or $20 day-of, and kids races are free. For more information, visit fleetfeetsports.com or active.com. Your registration fee includes the race, a custom Summer Fest pint glass (for the first 450 registrants), post-race food, and fun. I'll be on the couch, wishing I had your motivation.