Sunday, Jun 28, 2020 @ 6:00 AM
This Event Took Place Sun. Jun 28, 2020


Support North County Land Trust (NCLT) by participating in the inaugural Rock & Laurel 5K Trail Race at Crocker Conservation Area in Fitchburg, MA. We invite you to join us as you wind your way through the scenic trails lined with mountain laurel in bloom on this 5k trail race/walk to benefit NCLT. As part of the registration fee you will receive a Rock & Laurel t-shirt and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped support NCLT’s conservation efforts in north central MA.

Located on Flat Rock Road in in Fitchburg, MA, the 150-acre Crocker Conservation Area offers a gateway to over 2,500 acres of protected land, abutting the Audubon Flat Rock Wildlife Sanctuary and over 2000 acres of watershed land owned by the City of Fitchburg. The central feature of the Crocker Conservation Area is the beautiful Overlook Reservoir. The relatively flat trails around its perimeter provides a favorite loop for many people. For those who wish to explore further there are 4 miles of trails ranging from gentle cart roads to more technical single track trails, which cover a wide variety of terrain and provide many options for other loops.

North County Land Trust is a non-profit that is committed to protecting the natural resources in north central Massachusetts for over 25 years. As a regional resource, we work to conserve land for the health and well-being of our citizens, manage natural resources and wildlife, and preserve the sustainability of our planet.
All funds raised will go directly to supporting land protection projects, management of our more than 1,000 acres of land and miles of public trails, and offering free nature-based programming in north central Massachusetts.

If you would like to be a sponsor for this inaugural race, you may do so by reaching out to Lisa Adams at or adding you choice of sponsorship level with your race registration.

$1,000 Lead Sponsor; $500 Major Sponsor; $250 Patron Sponsor; $100 Supporting Sponsor

Virtual Race

NCLT had planned for the race to be this year’s main fundraiser with participation from 150 individuals and local businesses. Due to current circumstances, NCLT has decided to hold a virtual race with the hope that next year we will gather together in person.

Virtual races allow participants to choose when and where they will accept the 5k challenge! You can create your own route based on where you feel the most comfortable - trails, roads, or even treadmill. When enjoying the outdoors, NCLT asks that racers follow the social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of all, in alignment with the state orders. If you would like to visit Crocker Conservation Area to complete your 5k, we will be providing suggested routes to those that register.

Interested in seeing more of NCLT's properties? Create your own 5k at any of NCLT’s 7 different conservation areas where you’ll see the diverse beauty of north central Massachusetts including plenty of rocks and mountain laurel in June. We encourage you to check out each of them for this virtual race or anytime you’re interested in getting out on the trails.


Registration for the virtual race will remain open until noon on 6/28.

Once registered you can run/walk your 5k anytime between 12:00am on 6/20 and 11:59pm on 6/28.

Results will be entered through self-reporting on Ultrasignup (see the "Record Results" button up top). You can do that via this website or through reminder emails that will be sent out periodically. The deadline for reporting your results is 11:59pm on 6/30.

Lastly, to receive your t-shirt before the race you must register by 6/1. If you register after that date you will still receive a t-shirt but we cannot guarantee that you will get it before the race.

Local time: 11:03 AM


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