Healthy Harvest 5K - "Run/Walk for Mental Health"

Sat October 23, 2021 Gardner, MA 01440 US Directions
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Original Race Route for in-person is outlined below. Starting & ending in Heywood Hospital's lower parking lot.
242 Green Street
Gardner, MA US 01440

Our Heywood Healthy Harvest 5K Run/Walk for Mental Health is on Saturday, October 23, 2021 in a Hybrid Format of on-site or virtual participation. Participants may choose to run or walk either in-person or on their own as a virtual participant.

  • Virtual participants can choose their own start time (between 6AM - 6PM) to officially complete the 5k.
  • In-person participants may chose either the competitive (timed) or non-competitive options and will join us at Heywood Hospital to run/walk our official HH5K route.
  • All participants are strongly encouraged to adhere to CDC and DPH Covid-19 guidelines within either format.

NEW THIS YEAR we are offering a unique Kick-off Ceremony in partnership with our 9th Annual Ride Of Your Life motorcycle ride supporting suicide awareness. Our combined event will host a mental health fair, shared opening and kick-off ceremony, and the thrill of two events in one as we take off for our respective runs/rides! 

  • Registration will open around 7:30am
  • Kickoff Ceremony around 9:15am
  • Event "go!" following the ceremony
  • Usually, our timed runner awards/recognition is within the hour after the start of the run

Our established 3.1 mile family-friendly scenic course is the official HH5K option, starting and ending at Heywood Hospital.  However, virtual participants (non-competitive) can select any route they wish. 

Reduced adult rate: $25. 

Youth registration (will appear within the Runner or Walker link) offers reduced fees: Ages 7-18 yrs are $15 & children 6 and under are free!

  • Virtual participants are encouraged to submit participation photos by emailing them to, Subject: HH5K.  
  • Those who submit a photo wearing any previous HH5k shirt will be entered to win a prize!
  • Photos may be used on our Facebook page &/or on our website (by submitting photo you agree to this potential use).

All in-person runners and walkers will receive a Healthy Harvest 5K baseball hat upon registration check in. Everyone is encouraged to wear past HH5K shirts to show your past support!

2021 HH5K Registration includes Timed & Not Timed Options:

General Participation (run/walk): Virtual                                                                                                                                                                                    General Participation (run/walk): In-person
Competitive Timed Runner: In-person Outdoor 5K 

*PLEASE NOTE: Registration is either GENERAL/NOT TIMED (Virtual or In-Person) or COMPETITIVE/TIMED (In-person run) CATEGORIES*

The top 3 male & female winning race participants will be recognized.

Proceeds from this year’s event will be directed towards resources to support the social and emotional health of our region’s school aged youth, as they continue to face unprecedented challenges with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

ONLINE REGISTRATION  closes Oct. 19th at 3:00pm (guarantees participant gift for in-person)

Race Contact Info

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the Heywood Healthcare Healthy Harvest 5K?  Please contact Selena Johnson for details:

Proceeds from this year’s event will be directed towards increased mental health programming and support to our community’s youth, families, and schools as we adjust to COVID-19 and the added stressors today’s pandemic is having. 

Race Route

The Healthy Harvest 5K suggested route takes the runners along Heywood Hospital's wooded walking trail to a half way turnaround point at the end of Crystal Lake. The race begins and ends in the Heywood Hospital parking lot. However, participants can select any route they wish. For competitive participants, the route  must meet 5k (3.1M) criteria. 


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