June 25, 2017, 8:30 AM

Lake Quannapowitt, Wakefield, MA

Take the Lake is a 5K fundraising Run and Walk around Wakefield's scenic Lake Quannapowitt. We pride ourselves on hosting an event which satisfies serious runners and casual walkers and runners alike. 

Our goal is to raise money and awareness for the New England Community for Cancer Survivorship. In 17 years we have now raised almost $250,000 for cancer related charities.

Please join us for our family friendly - walker and runner friendly event as we celebrate survivorship and support organizations that fight cancer!

What is Take the Lake?

The Take the Lake 5K is a charity run and walk around Wakefield's beautiful Lake Quannapowitt. (Our bicycling component goes on a slightly different route). Since the founding of the race sixteen years ago, over 6,000 local walkers and runners have participated in the event and we have raised $245,000 for two cancer related charities including The American Cancer Society and The New England Community for Cancer Survivorship).

This year, proceeds will be donated to ESSCO-MGH, an organization that funds vital breast cancer research at the Mass General Hospital.

We hope you can join us for our 18th annual event on June 25th, 2017! Year after year, runners and walkers, family and friends, children and grandparents have universally enjoyed this event.

Participate as a Team!

We are inviting groups to participate as teams. Form a team with your co-workers or friends, or in honor of a loved one affected by cancer. The number of team members is unlimited and your team shirts, hats etc. are only limited to your imagination. Build a little team spirit with your friends or co-workers at Take the Lake 5K. And now, with the online team registration and fundraising system we are using - you can make it easy for team members and friends to sponsor and support you - or to register as a member of your team.

Bib/TShirt/Package Pick-up 

All number pick-up is at the event on Sunday morning this year.  Our registration table should be open for pick-ups or race day registration by 7:15 AM on Sunday (100 Quannpowitt Parkway, Wakefield, MA).  There is a fair amount of parking in the area, but please leave sufficent time to get your package and get over to the start line (which is a few hundred yards from the registration area).

Registration Fees

5K Run

Chip timed run

Price Increase in 2 days
Jan 6 - Mar 28 Current Price $25.00
Mar 29 - Jun 24 $30.00

5K Walk

Un-timed walk

Price Increase in 2 days
Jan 6 - Mar 28 Current Price $25.00
Mar 29 - Jun 24 $30.00

Thank you for supporting Take the Lake!

Take the Lake 5K is an annual 5K run and walk which is organized to raise funds for cancer related charities.  Take the Lake has raised over $250,000 for cancer related charities including the New England Community for Cancer Survivorship. 


We look forward to having you join our 17th Annual Take the Lake 5K this year!

Event Highlights

  • Refreshments after the race
  • Water along the course
  • T-shirts to all registrants registered before June 15.
  • Awards to top 3 male and female in each division
  • Walkers welcome!
  • Professional Chip Timed Scoring
  • Mile Splits
  • Walk or run as a team

Event Schedule

  • June 25 07:00 AM EDT - Registration Table Opens

  • June 25 08:30 AM EDT - Runners Start

  • June 25 08:35 AM EDT - Walkers Start

Contact Information

Event Location

100 Quannapowitt Parkway, Wakefield, MA, United States

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