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.

Where:  Walker Memorial Grandstand, Forest Park, Springfield, MA  
Starts:  Everett Barney Day, Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 6:30 PM

with the 5K XC Race
Continues: Each Wednesday at 6:30PM thru August 30th
alternating between 8KM Road Races & 5KM 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


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

Race Schedule & Results

WK 01  Tue Apr 19 8K Road Everett Barney Day Season Opener RESULTS
WK 01  Wed Apr 20 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 02  Wed Apr 27 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 03  Wed May 4 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 04  Wed May 11 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 05  Wed May 18 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 06  Wed May 25 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 07  Wed June 1 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 08  Wed June 8 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 09  Wed June 15 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 10  Wed June 22 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 11  Wed June 29 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 12  Wed July 6 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 13  Wed July 13 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 14  Wed July 20 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 15  Wed July 27 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 16  Wed August 3 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 17  Wed August 10 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 18  Wed August 17 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 19  Wed August 24 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 20  Wed August 31 8K ROAD   RESULTS

Results History

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