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July 2019 0.5K Fun Run for Underachievers

The Winchendon History and Cultural Center 0.5K Fun Run – let’s not over do it!

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WHAT: A 0.5K “race”, an optional VIP “Mustache Ride” on our fancy golf cart, and a block party with live music, beer, food trucks, and shopping
WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 2019. Start checking in at 11:00 AM, race begins at 12:00 PM
WHERE: WHCC, 151 Front St, Winchendon, MA
WHY: This is a toss up - it’s a fundraiser for the WHCC, but it’s also HILARIOUS
HOW (MUCH): Click here for tickets

Join your fellow underachievers for a day (ok, really it’s more like 10 minutes) of blood, sweat, and tears… we’re kidding… athletic prowess, glory, and… ok, we’re still kidding. Join us for some silliness and a participation medal to raise money for the Winchendon History and Cultural Center.

Funny costumes on race day for our amusement

We’re a federally registered 501(c)(3). We run on donations and fundraising efforts. Every penny we earn goes directly toward the care and upkeep of our three historic properties - the Murdock Whitney House, the Isaac Morse House, and as of 2018, the Old Centre Church.

The 2nd Annual WHCC 0.5K Fun Run will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, July 20, 2018 at the Winchendon History and Cultural Center at 151 Front Street.

This race is intended to be a silly, tongue-in-cheek event poking fun at a typical 5K race.

Here are the details!

  • The umm, "Run" will begin at 12:00 PM sharp on Lincoln Ave between our two buildings (151 Front St and 135 Front St). We’ll have a table set up for registrations and other questions, and we will begin checking people in at 11:00 AM.

  • The umm, "Race", will then proceed on Lincoln Ave toward Grove St. for exactly a quarter of a mile. Why? Because at the halfway point - you'll know it when you get there - there will be a break for coffee and donuts! You might be an underachiever at running, but do you overachieve at snacks? Show your stuff!

  • When you're finished with your leisurely coffee break, you will turn around and... run BACK the way you came to finish the race in a blaze of glory.

  • After the race, though, you can hang around, reliving the close calls, bragging to your friends, taking selfies to post on social media "I DID IT!!! I'M A FINISHER!! LOOK AT ME!!!"

  • Now what? You're all full of adrenaline and good feels, you say? Great! Because this year? We're throwing a great big block party so you can keep on celebrating all afternoon. GALA (Gardner Area League of Artists) will be selling beautiful handmade art, and there will be live music, beer, food trucks, and the WHCC's annual yard sale. More details will become available as we get closer to July 20.

Coffee and donut break at the half way point of the race
0.5K Fun Run for Underachievers | Winchendon

Goodies and Fun Stuff!

  • All finishers will receive a pretentious, cheap, gold plastic medal JUST FOR PARTICIPATING. (Everyone gets recognized for their achievement at this event, no matter how bad you are, because we are all about positivity and self-worth.)

  • If you register by July 1st, you will receive a T-shirt.

  • Everyone who registers will be entered into a pool to win prizes through a random draw.

  • Coffee and donut station at the halfway point for carb-loading and relaxing.

  • We strongly encourage you to wear a funny costume on race day. There are no prizes – if we’re being honest, this is mostly for our own amusement.

  • Medical Tent. Or maybe just some bandaids.

  • Much, much, much more (as we think of ridiculous things to add or, rather, as we convince people to do the ridiculous things we have already thought of)

VIP Option

This year, we're upping our game for the VIP option!

  • Don't feel like running? Don't think you can make it the full 546 yards? Then you should be a VIP.

  • On the day of the race, for an additional $5, you don't even have to run! How awesome is that?!

  • The official WHCC 0.5K shuttle is… a highly decorated golf cart! If you don't want to walk all the way around the park, we'll provide you with A MUSTACHE RIDE instead.

  • You still get your participation medal, and all of the other goodies.

  • But the best thing is, we will probably poke fun at you the whole way. Are you up for a good roasting, VIP? Because we think you are very special.

Please join us for a unique event that promises to be full of fun and fundraising for the Winchendon History and Cultural Center!


Winchendon History and Cultural Center
151 Front Street
Winchendon, MA 01475


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  • adults 18 and up – $25.00 per person

  • children 10-17 years old – $10.00 per person

  • children 9 and under – free

If you register by July 1st, you will receive a T-shirt.

Everyone who completes the race will get a participation medal and be entered into a pool to win prizes through a random draw.

Please click here to download the ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY.

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