GARDNER -- Fitness, fun and fantastic prizes will be among the highlights of the 2013 Mount Wachusett Community College Friends 5K Fun Race and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the college's Gardner campus.

The Friends 5K race invites pairs of runners or walkers, as well as individuals, to compete over a 3.2-mile scenic loop that begins and ends on the campus and includes the bike path along Crystal Lake. Pairs are encouraged to wear costumes and dress alike or dress up as their favorite duo or partnership.

The 5K race begins at 9 a.m. for runners and 9:05 a.m. for walkers. Participants will receive T-shirts and goodie bags with coupons and samples from a variety of sponsors.

The noncompetitive Kids Fun Run will begin at 11 a.m. at the quarter-mile track on the campus. Children ages 2 and up can participate up to 1 mile. All participants will receive a finisher's medal, prizes and a T-shirt. The event will include music, face painting and refreshments.

Registration for the 5K is $50 per pair and $25 for individuals, and the registration for the Kids Fun Run is $10.

For information or to register, go to or call the Fitness & Wellness Center at 978-630-9212. Registrations also will be accepted the day of the event from 6-10 a.m.