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, TBD... Monday, April 19, 2021 at 6:30 PM

with the 5K XC Race
Continues: Each Wednesday at 6:30PM thru September 1st
alternating between 8K Road Race and 5K 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

COVID-19 Update

   July 15th, 2021

In-Person races will resume on Wednesday July 21st!!!
There will be an extra week this year.
The final race will be Wednesday, September 1st

Check for updates on our Facebook Page


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

2021 Race Schedule & Results

WK 01  Mon Apr 19 5K XC Everett Barney Day Season Opener RESULTS
WK 02  Wed Apr 22 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 03  Wed Apr 28 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 04  Wed May 5 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 05  Wed May 12 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 06  Wed May 19 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 07  Wed May 26 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 08  Wed June 2 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 09  Wed June 9 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 10  Wed June 16 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 11  Wed June 23 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 12  Wed June 30 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 13  Wed July 7 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 14  Wed July 14 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 15  Wed July 21 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 16  Wed July 28 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 17  Wed August 4 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 18  Wed August 11 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 19  Wed August 18 5K XC   RESULTS
WK 20  Wed August 25 8K ROAD   RESULTS
WK 21  Wed September 1 5K XC   RESULTS

Results History

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