Lake Quinsigamond is a long lake in the eastern part of Worcester, located near the Umass Medical Center. Running options here are along Lake Ave., and also some trail running options.
Lake Ave. Lake Ave. runs alongside the western end of the lake, for 4 miles between Sunderland Rd. and I-290. The run along the lake is a mixed bag — some sections very pleasant with lake views, and other sections that are less attractive and busier with cars. There’s a decent shoulder/sidewalk in some sections but not in others. A good stretch is between Quinsigamond Lake Park and Quinsigamond State Park. At Lake Park, there are some additional trails just inland from the lake that are nice for running. Also, there are nice trails at nearby Perkins Farm.
East Side Trail. For some trail running, you can join the East Side Trail, a trail system with numerous options headed inland from the lake and west toward Green Hill Park, where there are additional trails. Several miles of hilly trail running are possible here. It can be a bit confusing — use this TRAIL MAP. The trailhead is the Coalmine Brook and East-West Trailhead off N Lake Ave.