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Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon

September 15

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 patty@joshbillings.com 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

Studio Two

WSBS

Fenton Quinn PC

Camp Mah-Kee-Nac

Qualprint

Lee Bank

Berkshire Bank

Tanglewood

Arcadian Shop

Trustco Bank

Berkshire Bike and Board

County Ambulance

The Red Lion Inn

Berkshire Running Center

Lenox Living

The Co-op

Greylock Federal Credit Union

Tailored Events

Kripalu

Berkshire Magazine

Berkshire Orthopedic Association

Bousquet Mountain

Berkshire Outfitters

Price Chopper

Canyon Ranch

Lipton Energy

Ibex

Lenox Fit

Bardwell Bowlby & Karam Insurance Agency

Suburban Medical

Elegant Stitches

Haupt

Boundless

Tobi’s Limo

Berkshire Mountain Spring Water

Yankee Septic

Guido’s Fresh

Abbott’s Limousine

Daley & Sons Trucking , Inc

Cross Fit Great Barrington

Berkshire Mountain Bakery