By David Dore
Next weekend’s Great Futures 5K, a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, will have a brand new group of runners.
The sixth edition of the race on Sunday, May 31 will have a new division known as the Corporate Cup, made up of teams from local companies.
“This division has created a lot of excitement among local area companies and organizations,” said Boys & Girls Club Resource Development Director Patty Fields. “The Corporate Cup provides local businesses with an opportunity for employees to participate in an event that builds camaraderie among coworkers and encourages health and fitness. The Corporate Cup is expected to bring in up to 200 additional walkers and runners.”
Teams aiming for the Corporate Cup have to come up with a name (a prize will be given to the team with the most creative name) and a $500 registration fee. Each team can have up to 15 members, and there’s no limit to the number of teams from a company that can enter.
The times of each team’s top three runners (one of which must be a female) will be combined to determine the total team score. The top overall team will be crowned the Corporate Cup winner; it will receive a plaque and the traveling Great Futures 5K Corporate Cup trophy.
Individual runners and walkers can enter the Great Futures 5K in the following divisions: Adult (18-plus), at a cost of $30; Masters (40-plus), $30; Seniors (60-plus), $10, and High School, Middle School and Elementary School, $15.
Registration forms are available at the club between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The pre-registration deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 29. The registration fee on race day will be $40.
The first 400 runners and walkers to register will get a free T-shirt. Trophies and prizes will be given to the division winners. The day’s activities will also include a barbecue, live music and a Health Fair.
Registration is from 9-10 a.m. May 31 at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster at 365 Lindell Ave. in Leominster. The race begins at 10:30 a.m. The 5-kilometer route starts and ends at the Boys & Girls Club and will make its way through the western part of Leominster.
The sponsors of this year’s race include Northeast Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, TD Bank, Dunkin Donuts, Enterprise Bank, Junk King Worcester County LLC, Longview Corporate Center, Commerce Place Corporate Center, One Jackson Place, IC Federal Credit Union, Dr. Elliot Feinberg, the Central Massachusetts Association of Physicians, Longview Orthopaedic Center, At Home and Afar, Harvard Pilgrim, Medical Associates Pediatrics, Dr. Ronald G. Ebb-Urology Central, Massachusetts Lung and Allergy, PC, Wachusett Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Todd K. Rowe, HealthAlliance Hospital Medical Staff, Family Medical & Maternity and Neighborhood Pediatrics.
Proceeds from the 5K will support the club, which offers a place for children aged 8-18 to go after school, during school vacations and on weekends. The club’s focus is on STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It also offers activities focused on health, nutrition, community service, entrepreneurship, recreation and sports.
For more information on the Great Futures 5K and the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, visit www.greatfutures5k.com or call Patty Fields at (978) 534-8358, ext. 17.