Fallon Health announces 10th Annual Canal Diggers Road Race

Worcester, Mass., August 31, 2016 ―Fallon Health today announced its sponsorship of the Tenth Annual Fallon Health Canal Diggers 5Km Road Race on Saturday, September 10 at 11 a.m. The road race name highlights the great contributions that early Irish immigrants made toward the creation of the Blackstone Canal along the race route and Worcester’s famous landmarks.

The race is open to all runners, joggers and walkers with the start and finish line located at the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St., Worcester. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Foundation. An Irish BBQ, Harpoon beer courtesy of Harpoon Brewery and live music follows the race.

“We look forward to events like the Canal Diggers 5K to bring our city and the region together to encourage a healthy lifestyle,” said Richard Burke, President and CEO of Fallon Health. “This day is central to Fallon’s mission of making our communities healthy and provides another opportunity to thank the Worcester area for supporting us for the last 39 years. We look forward to seeing you on the course!” 

“We’re celebrating a decade of bringing the community together for one of the region’s most popular 5Ks – The Canal Diggers Road Race,” said Paul Foley, Road Race Chairman, Worcester Hibernian Cultural Foundation. “The outstanding turn-out we have every year is a testament to the positive energy in this community and is made possible through the support of Fallon Health and others.”

In addition to Fallon Health, sponsors for the Canal Diggers Road Race include Harpoon Brewery, CSX, Worcester Railers, Winn Companies, UMass Memorial Healthcare, Murray & Murray Attorneys at Law, Sneakerama, Mountain Dearborn, The Hanover Insurance Group, Congressman Jim McGovern, UniBank, Specialized Investigative Service, Greendale Physical Therapy, Mackintire Insurance Agency, C2 Skin Bar, Polar Beverages, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Central Mass. Striders, Back to Health Chiropractic, United Site Services, Emerald Meats, and State Representative Dan Donahue.

Advance online registration is $32 until Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and $40 the day of the race. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a free T-shirt. For members of Fallon Health, reimbursement may be available for their Canal Diggers Road Race registration fees through Fallon’s It Fits! benefit.

To register or for more information, visit canaldiggers.org.

Carrie Wattu

About Fallon Health
Founded in 1977, Fallon Health is a leading health care services organization that supports the diverse and changing needs of those we serve. In addition to offering innovative health insurance solutions and a variety of Medicaid and Medicare products, we excel in creating unique health care programs and services that provide coordinated, integrated care for seniors and individuals with complex health needs. Fallon has consistently ranked among the nation’s top health plans, and is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its HMO, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid products. For more information, visit www.fallonhealth.org.