Fallon Health announces 11th annual Canal Diggers Road Race

Road race to celebrate Worcester’s historic Canal District

Worcester, Mass., July 24, 2017 ― Fallon Health today announced its sponsorship of the Eleventh Annual Fallon Health Canal Diggers 5Km Road Race on Saturday, September 9 at 11 a.m. The race not only promotes a healthy lifestyle, but the heritage of the region that Fallon has called home for 40 years. The race is named for the early Irish immigrants who dug the Blackstone Canal, connecting Worcester to Providence in the 1820s. 

Open to all runners, joggers and walkers, the 5Km starts and finishes at the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple St., Worcester. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Foundation. Pizza and snacks, Harpoon beer—courtesy of Harpoon Brewery—and live music follows the race.

“The Canal Diggers 5K is a fall tradition that Fallon has been proud to lead from the start,” said Richard Burke, President and CEO of Fallon Health. “This event is central to our mission of making our communities healthy and is one of the ways we thank the Worcester region for supporting us for the last 40 years. We look forward to seeing you with your family and friends on the course!” 

The race is being led this year by newly appointed co-chairs, Brendan Moran and Tammy Bailey, who have served on the Canal Diggers Road Race Committee since 2014.


“This race has it all—positive energy, a great course, nearly 700 participants and festive post-race activities,” said Bailey. “We would not be successful without our many volunteers, sponsors and community pride.  It’s a great time to be in Worcester!”

In addition to Fallon Health, sponsors for the Canal Diggers Road Race include CSX,  Worcester Railers, Hanover Insurance, Harpoon Brewery, Mackintire Insurance,
Polar Beverages Inc. and Sneakerama.


Advance online registration is $29 until Aug. 31 and $32 from Sept. 1 – 8 at 7:30 p.m. Registration is $40 the day of the race. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a free performance T-shirt. Awards will be given to top finishers—both male and female— in each age category as well as top team. 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.

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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.