Fallon Health announces 12th Annual Canal Diggers Road Race
Road race to celebrate Worcester’s historic Canal District

Worcester, Mass., August 22, 2018 ― Fallon Health today announced its sponsorship of the 12th Annual Fallon Health Canal Diggers 5Km Road Race on Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m. The race celebrates the heritage of the region, 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, the Genesis Club and St. John’s Food Bank. Participants will enjoy Antonio’s pizza and snacks, Harpoon beer—courtesy of Harpoon Brewery—and live music by Joshua Tree following the race.

“Fallon Health’s sponsorship of the Canal Diggers 5K is central to our mission of making our communities healthy,” said Richard Burke, President and CEO of Fallon Health. “We encourage people to join us in promoting an active lifestyle while celebrating our region’s rich history and exciting future. We look forward to seeing everyone on the course!”

The race is being led by 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, Hanover Insurance, Harpoon Brewery, Mackintire Insurance, Polar Beverages Inc, Sneakerama and the Worcester Railers.

Advance online registration is $30 until Aug. 31 and $35 from Sept. 1 – 6 until noon. Registration is $40 the day of the race. The first 700 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.

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 rated among the nation’s top health plans by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its HMO , Medicare Advantage and Medicaid products.