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Pittsfield 2019 Super Plunge and Polar Plunge

The Pittsfield 2019 Super Plunge and Polar Plunge will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 30 – 31, 2019 at Burbank Park, Onota Lake, Valentine Road, Pittsfield, MA.

This event was formerly known as the Poultry Plunge and Super Plunge and was held in November.

The Super Plunge will begin on the 30th and the Polar Plunge will be held on the 31st. Super Plungers will jump into Onota Lake’s frigid waters once every hour for 24 consecutive hours. Polar Plungers will take the leap on the final hour on March 31st.

The event is sponsored by the Berkshire Law Enforcement Torch Run Program and Special Olympics, Massachusetts.

There is no entry fee for either the Poultry Plunge or the Super Plunge, but there are fundraising requirements for each.

Poultry Plungers must raise $75 for their one-time shot and Super Plungers must fundraise $1000 each.

Last year, the 10 Super Plungers raised $13,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts.

To register, go to polarplungema.org. There you can register and establish a fundraising presence to solicit donations from friends, coworkers, etc.

The event schedule is as follows:

Sat. March 30th

11:00 am  Super Plunge begins (one plunge per hour)

Sun. March 31st

8:30-9:45 am Registration and final donations

9:45-9:55 am Safety Briefing

10:00 am Polar Plunge and final Super Plunge

11:00 am Coffee, light refreshments , fundraising and costume awards.

For more information call (508) 485-0986 ext. 256 or email polarplunge@specialolympicsma.org.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts. To learn more, visit specialolympicsma.org.

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Jingle Bell 7th Annual Fun Run/Walk

The free Jingle Bell 7th Annual Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at the Berkshire Running Center, 34 Depot Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

The informal fun run/walk is hosted by the Berkshire Running Center.

The two-mile loop both begins and ends at the Berkshire Running Center.

Although the event is free, participants are asked to donate cash or toys to benefit the Eagle Santa Toy Fund.

There will be no timing or registration.

The event schedule is as follows:

9:00 am Run/walk begins

For more information call the Berkshire Running Center at (413) 344-4472.

The Eagle Santa Fund, which is sponsored by the Berkshire Eagle, strives to raise about $45,000 a year to provide deserving children in Berkshire County with Christmas gifts.

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Thankful 5K Run/Walk, 2nd Annual

The Thankful 5K Run/Walk, 2nd Annual, will be held Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 at the Berkshire Running Center, 34 Depot Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

The family-friendly race will consist of six loops. Timing will be provided by the Berkshire Running Center, but runners will be responsible for their own lap count.

Entry for the race is free but participants must pre-register online or get printout entry forms at berkshirerunningcenter.com. There will be no registration on race day.

For a donation of $25 or more, entrants will receive a technical shirt. All participants are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item which will go to the South Church Food Pantry.

Apple, pumpkin and cherry pies are for sale on a pre-order basis for $10 each.

The race day schedule is as follows:

7:00-7:45 am Race number pickup. Remember, no race day registration!

8:00 am Race/Walk begins

Go home and Happy Thanksgiving!

Proceeds from the donations will benefit Autism Connections. To learn more about Autism Connections visit autismconnectionsma.org.

For more information about the race visit berkshirerunningcenter.com, email kent@berkshirerunningcenter.com or call (413) 344-4472.

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Berkshire Healthcare Harvest Run 5K/Kid’s 1 Mile

The Berkshire Healthcare Harvest Run 5K/Kid’s 1 Mile will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at the Paterson Field House of Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.

The 5K run is open to individuals and three-person teams.

To pre-register online, go to bershirerunningcenter.com. The entry fee for the 5K run is $25 for individuals who pre-register by Oct. 15th, $30 after Oct.15th

Three-person relay team entry is $25 per person, $30 after Oct. 16th.

Kid’s 1 mile run is free courtesy of TDBank North.

Youth shirts to first 50 1 mile registrants.

Long sleeved tech shirts to first 150 5K registrants.

Note : there is an additional $2 online fee for 5k entrants.

Timing by Berkshire Running Center.

The race schedule is as follows:

Fri. Oct. 19, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Packet pickup at Berkshire Running Center

Sat. Oct 20

8:30-9:30 am Race day registration and packet pickup

10:00 am   5K starts

10:45 am Kid’s 1 Mile Run

Awards and Harvest Fest food and activities after race.

Cash prizes go to top male and female overall winners and top three male and female winners in each age group will be recognized.

I Mile awards go to the top three boys and girls winners in each age group, 6 to 12.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the BCC Nursing Program.

To get more race information visit berkshirerunningcenter.com.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, 8th Annual, Pittsfield

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, 8th Annual, Pittsfield will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Third Thursday, North Street, Pittsfield, MA.

This one mile walk is free to whoever cares to join in. Many however will solicit donations in advance of the event. For more information on how to set up an on-line funding page or access a paper form, visit elizabethfreemancenter.org/events/wam or call (413) 499-2425.

Event day schedule is as follows:

Noon On-line pre-registration ends

5:00 pm Registration and shoe decorating begins

6:00 pm Walk begins

Proceeds from the Walk will benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center in their work to bring hope, help and healing for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Berkshire County.

To learn more about their programs visit elizabethfreemancenter.org.

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Free To Run Trail Races

The Free To Run Trail Races will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Pittsfield State Forest, 1041 Cascade Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

The races, which are hosted by Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS), include a 50 Miler, a Marathon and a 1/2 Marathon.

The entry fees for the races are $90 for the 50 Miler, $75 for the Marathon and $65 for the 1/2 Marathon.

Go to ultrasignup.com to register. Registration closes at 11:59 pm on Sept. 13th.

Free T shirt if registered by Aug. 15th.

Race Day Schedule:

4:30 am 50 Miler check in

5:00 am 50 Miler begins

7:00 am Check in for full and half Marathons

9:00 am Full and Half Marathons begin

All finishers receive a finishers medal.

For more information visit freetoruntrailraces.com.

Proceeds from the races will benefit Free To Run whose mission is to” use adventure sports to support women and girls living in areas of conflict to build their physical, emotion and social well-being; developing them into community leaders so they can bring people together across cultural, ethnic and religious lines”.

To learn more visit freetorun.org.

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Woofstock Annual Fundraising Dog Walk

The Woofstock Annual Fundraising Dog Walk will be held Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at The Common on First St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank is the title sponsor.

This year’s Dog Walk has expanded to include a 5K Run and more formalized Canine Games. These events are part of a larger family-oriented Festival . The Dog Walk route is approximately one mile long.

Timing for the 5K is by Berkshire Running Center.

Besides the entry fee, participants are encouraged to fundraise. Register by visiting berkshirehumane.org/events/woofstock/woofstock-2018/ to find fundraising tools and downloadable forms.

Here are your Woofstock entry fee/fundraising options.

5K Race only: Pre-registration $25, Race Day $30, kids 12 and under $20. The first 150 runner/walker registrants receive a free Berkshire Humane Society hip pack. A $60 donation (entry fee counts) earns a Woofstock T shirt if registered by Aug 20th.

5K runners can also register to fundraise by joining the Fundraising Platform and earn bigger prizes with higher donation totals. Join as an individual or form a team.

For walkers, the event is free, but a $25 donation is suggested which earns a hip pack (first 150 total registrants). Register by Aug 20th to earn a Woofstock T shirt with a $60 total donation (entry fee counts). Join the Fundraising Platform to earn bigger prizes with larger donations. Join as an individual or form a team.

Register your dog for $10 and the pooch receives a bandanna.

The Walk day schedule is as follows:

8:00- 9:30 am Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45 am 5K Registration

9:00 – 10:45 am   Dog Walk Registration

9:30 am Preliminary Canine Games (finals at noon)

10:00 am 5K Run begins

11:00 am Dog Walk begins

Noon Canine Games Finals- ribbons awarded

12:30 – 4:00 pm Festival begins including live music (two bands), games, expanded Craft Fair, Food Trucks, Beer Tent, Raffles and more.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Berkshire Humane and will be used to care for shelter animals.

For more information call (413) 447-7878 or email Elizabeth Nelson at enelson@berkshirehumane.org.

To learn more about Berkshire Humane visit berkshirehumane.org.

Berkshire Humane thanks the following sponsors for their generosity:

The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank – Title Sponsor

A-1 Security

Adams Community Bank

Adams Community Bank

Foranimals/Leea Foran

H.L. Fuel

Kamp Ketchum

Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital

Smith Bros-McAndrews Insurance

West Oil Company

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Gerald Miller 17th Annual Boys and Girls Club Children First Golf Tournament

The Gerald Miller 17th Annual Boys and Girls Club Children First Golf Tournament will be held Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Country Club of Pittsfield, 639 South Main Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

The tournament is an 18 hole, four-person scramble event. Unlike many tournaments where individuals form teams and pay an individual entry fees, the Gerald Miller tournament is business-driven. Local businesses sponsor four-person teams at $1500 per team. Each business also gets signage and mention in the event program. Dinner-only option for $50.

There are additional sponsorship opportunities ranging from $300 to $5,000.

Entry to the tournament is by pre-registration only. Organizers warn that the tournament always fills up, so register early by calling Kristine at (413) 448-8258 ext 10 or email khuggins@bgcberkshires.org. Deadline for registration is August 20th.

Special guest this year- LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis.

The entry fee includes green fees, cart, gift, lunch and refreshments on the course, hole in one contest, awards and dinner.

There is a Pebble Beach Golf Trip raffle, silent auction and putting contest with a $5,000 prize.

The tournament day schedule is as follows:

10:00 am Registration

11:00 am Shotgun start

Lunch on the course

Awards and dinner after play.

For more information about the tournament call Kristine at (413) 448-8258 ext 10.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Boys and Girls Club programs. To learn more, visit bgcberkshires.org.

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Sweltering Summer Ultra and Marathon ( and 5K)

The Sweltering Summer Ultra and Marathon ( and 5K) will be held Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Clapp Park, 215 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, MA.

This is a three race event. Participants can choose among a Marathon, an eight-hour endurance race (walker-friendly) and a 5K. The running surface is a dirt and cinder .355 mile track. Chip timing is by Yankee Timing Services.

Pre-registration only at ultrasignup.com. Registration ends at 11:59 pm on August 4th. Registrants after July 7th may not get T-shirt.

Entry fee for either the Marathon or the eight-hour race is $100, and the 5K is $25. Fee includes medal, T-shirt, mug and sticker for all participants.

Race-day schedule is as follows:

6:00-7:00 am Check in and packet pickup for eight-hour race and Marathon

7:00 am Marathon and eight-hour race begin

Noon Check in and packet pickup for 5K

1:00 pm 5K Race begins

3:00 pm Eight-hour race ends

Prizes go to the top three finishers, male and female in each event.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Moments House, a daytime facility for Berkshire County residents with cancer and their families.

For more information email Race Director Benn Griffin at benn.griffin@gmail.com or call (413) 443-5819.

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Jimmy Bernardo 23rd Annual Memorial Motorcycle Run

The Jimmy Bernardo 23rd Annual Memorial Motorcycle Run will be held Saturday, July 28, 2018 starting at Berkshire County Kids’ Place, 63 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201. The Run ends at Bousquet Ski Area.

The entry fee for the Run is $25 per bike. Non-riders are welcome to the post- Run celebration at Bousquet for $5 per person and $20 per family of five or more.

Run day schedule:

9:00 am Registration

11:00 am Ride begins

6:00 pm Event ends

Post-Run celebration at Bousquet Ski Area including food, music and fun activities.

The ride honors Jimmy Bernardo who was kidnapped and killed 23 years ago.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Berkshire County Kids’ Place in their efforts to help young victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Past events have raised as much as $20,000.

For more information or to register call Laura Baran at (413) 499-2800 ext.114.

To learn more about Kids’ Place visit kidsplaceonline.org.

Dresser Level Sponsors: Greylock Federal Credit Union & Indulgence Salon

Road King Classic Level Sponsor: Western MA Pennysaver

Cruiser Level Sponsors: Bousquet Mountain, Data Flute, Hillcrest
Educational Centers, McLean Realtors,

Chief Level Sponsors:  Injected Solutions, Martino Glass, Schilling TV &
Satellite, Superior Graphics, Aldam Press, Crawford’s Service

Goldwing Level Sponsors: Pineridge Construction,  John’s Garage & Auto Body,
Central Radio, MacFarlane Office Products, Main Street Hospitality, Lee
Bank

Sportster Level:  Comalli Group, Inc., Berkshire Orthopaedics,  Carlson
Auto Body, QualPrint, Oasis Hair Design

Special Thank You To:  Pittsfield Police Department, Home Instead, MB Sound
Company, Shyne, Red Handed, 5  Hotshot Hillbillies, 2 Broke Beths, Dalton
Police Department, Lee Police Department, Stockbridge Police Department

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