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BarnArts 8th annual fundraising 5K/10K supports summer youth theater

The race around the lake is a hybrid event for 2021

May 23-28 — BARNARD — Registration continues for BarnArts Race Around the Lake 5K/10K fundraiser, a hybrid event for 2021. The live in-person event will be held on May 23 at Silver Lake State Park in Barnard, while the virtual event continues through May 28. The fundraiser is the primary supporter of BarnArts Summer Youth Theater, celebrating its 10th anniversary year in 2021. This year’s SYT will be “Fiddler on the Roof” produced in Barnard, August 6th-8th. The live in-person portion of the eighth annual Race Around the Lake will be held safely at Silver Lake State Park with limited registration. Currently sign-ups are limited to 150 participants for the in-person race, although limits are expected to rise in early May. Participants will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing in the start/finish and registration areas, and RFID-timed starts will be staggered to allow racers to maintain spacing during the race. 10k races begin at 10:30 a.m. at Silver Lake State Park in Barnard and 5k race will being at 11 a.m. BarnArts supporters and area racers can choose between running or walking the scenic 5K route through the woods around Silver Lake or running the challenging 10K, which goes around the lake but also climbs up and out of the woods and loops around on a steep back road.

Courtesy BarnArts
Woman’s 5K winner, Hannah Reed of Woodstock, approaching the finish line of the Race Around the Lake in 2019.  This year’s 5K & 10K races, held Sunday May 23rd at Silver Lake State Park, are a hybrid event with limited in-person registration as well as a virtual option.

Registration fees are $40/adults and $20/youth. After-race celebrations will be limited and brief but will include a modified “chef’s table” lunch and an awards ceremony.  Lunch includes items donated by local restaurants and businesses. Prizes are awarded to the top three male and female overall finishers, as well as the top male/female runners in specific age categories. All racers will be electronically timed by RFID tags for immediate and accurate timing results. 

For more information, please see the race sign-up page: Up to 350 racers have participated in previous years’ races that helped fund BarnArts youth programming, primarily BarnArts Summer Youth Theater, but also BarnArts Arts-in-Schools programming and the BarnArts Youth Chorale, a free fall choral experience for youth directed by Michael Zsoldos.

The vision of BarnArts is to foster and continuously support a community that views art as essential to social wellbeing, a community where a thriving arts culture and a thriving rural economy are mutually supportive, where the careers of artist, teacher and farmer are equally valued, and where time is set aside for the pursuit of creativity and shared learning.

For more information on the Race Around the Lake, or BarnArts Summer Youth Theater, please got to or contact Linda at [email protected] or (802) 234-1645. 

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