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Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon
September 15, 2019
The 41st Annual Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon will be held Sunday, September 15, 2019 beginning at the Price Chopper parking lot in Great Barrington, MA and ending at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA.
This is the 43rd running of the Josh, and although organizers had to rearrange the route last year, this year it is back to its original route.
The triathlon is named after a famed 19th Century humorist who lived in the Berkshires. The event reflects Mr. Billings not-too-serious attitude.
The triathlon includes a 27 mile bike, a 5 mile canoe/kayak/SUP (standing up paddleboard) and a 6 mile run.
The long-time event is known as one of the largest and oldest Bike/Canoe/Run triathlons in the country. Register early because the popular event has a 500 team capacity. Note that there is no sign up on race day.
Saturday the 15th, packet pickup, iron person meeting, free children registration and free spaghetti dinner at various times and places. Check joshbillings.com for details.
Sunday, the race begins at 9:30 am with the biking portion of the triathlon. There is a half mile Fun Run for kids ages 5-14 at 2 pm at Tanglewood. The race is free, but participants must register.
The Josh Billings website, joshbillings.com, is very comprehensive which is good, because there is a lot to know. There are 44 categories for entrants including iron men, two, three and four-person teams and there are age and gender divisions for each . Check the “Race Categories” section of the website for details.
There are a variety of entry fees as well, depending on your category, but there are three registration deadlines , and the entry fee increases after each. Check the “Registration” section for fees and deadlines. By the way, it pays to be old at the Josh- 70 years and older athletes can compete for free.
The triathlon covers a lot of ground from the Price Chopper parking lot in Great Barrington to the Stockbridge Bowl to Tanglewood. It will take some planning to position your team members and equipment. The website explains it all.
The Josh also partners with CrowdRise, which allows participants to fundraise for their own causes while competing in the event.
For any questions that the website doesn’t cover, email Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 344-7919.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Berkshire United Way in Pittsfield, MA. To learn more about the Berkshire United Way, visit berkshireunitedway.org.
Thank you to these generous sponsors:
The Berkshire Eagle
Berkshire Health Systems
Fenton Quinn PC
Berkshire Bike and Board
The Red Lion Inn
Berkshire Running Center
Greylock Federal Credit Union
Berkshire Orthopedic Association
Bardwell Bowlby & Karam Insurance Agency
Berkshire Mountain Spring Water
Daley & Sons Trucking , Inc
Cross Fit Great Barrington
Berkshire Mountain Bakery