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Gabby Corbett Make a Friend Be a Friend 5K Run/Walk

The Gabby Corbett Make a Friend Be a Friend 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Egremont Elementary School, 84 Egremont Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201.

There is also a Kids Fun Run.

To pre-register go to

Free T shirt if registered by April 1st.

On-line registration closes April 26th at 6 pm.

The race will be timed by the Berkshire Running Center.

The pre-registration entry fee is $22, and on race day, $25. Kids Fun Run $5.


Saturday April 27th

2:00 – 4:00 pm Packet pickup at Egremont Elementary School

Race Day

9:00- 9:45 am Registration

10:00 am 5K Race.

10:30 – 11:00 am Registration for Kids Run ( behind school)

11:00 am Kids Run

Proceeds from the race will benefit Make a Friend Be a Friend which started at the Egremont Elementary School in honor of  Gabby Corbett  who passed away in 2016 at 11 years old. Make a Friend Be a Friend addresses bullying and supports students with disabilities, both of which were passionate causes for Gabby.

For more information visit the Berkshire Running Center at

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Raymond James 2019 Monopoly Tournament, 8th Annual

The Raymond James 2019 Monopoly Tournament, 8th Annual will be held Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

The event is hosted by the Berkshire County Kids’ Place and presented by Raymond James of Pittsfield, MA.

Pre-register at Deadline is March 21st. There will be no registration at the door.

Entry fee is $30.

The evening will include prizes, raffles, awards, hors d’oeuvres, snacks and cash bar.

The competition format is as follows: Everyone will play a preliminary 90 minute round. The top six finishers will play a 90 minute final round for the grand prize, which is a two-night stay at the Lakehouse Inn in Lee, MA and dinner for two at the Cork and Hearth.

The evening schedule is as follows:

5:30- 6:15 pm   Check in

6:15- 7:45 pm 1st 90 minute round

7:45- 8:15 pm Snacks, hors d’oeuvres

8:15- 9:45 pm Final 90 minute Championship round.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Berkshire County Kids’ Place. Last year’s tournament raised $18,000.

Corporate sponsorships are welcome.

For more information call Danielle at (413) 652-4321 or email at

For more information about the Berkshire County Kids’ Place visit them on Facebook.

Organizers thank these generous sponsors:

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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 Polar Plunge or the Super Plunge, but there are fundraising requirements for each.

Polar Plungers must raise $100 per person to get a free T shirt for their one-time shot ( they can participate with a lesser donation, but they won’t receive the T shirt). There are larger awards for larger donations. Go to to learn more about donation awards.

Super Plungers must fundraise $1000 each.

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

To register, go to 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

9:00 am – 10:45 am  registration am Registration and final donations

11:00 am Polar Plunge and final Super Plunge

Coffee, light refreshments , fundraising and costume awards.


For more information call Stephanie Esposito at (508) 485-0986  or email

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

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Walk With Me in the Berkshires

Walk With Me in the Berkshires, a program of Berkshire Health Systems, will celebrate its 17th year when it goes live at 10:00 am, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. That’s when registration opens for this innovative program.

The purpose of Walk With Me is to promote a healthier lifestyle by walking. Teams of 2 to 20 members will record and submit their movement totals over a six week period. Not only will they be able to see how far they have traveled, but they will also see how they compare to the other teams.

Registration is available only through, and organizers expect all 2400 places to be filled within the first day!

There is no registration fee, each registrant will receive a free step counter and an online step recording program.

The program schedule is as follows:

March 26

10 am Registration begins at

April 10 – 12

8:00 am – 4:00 pm Packet pickup at Berkshire Medical Center, Bishop Clapp Building, 3rd Floor.

Monday, April 15th to Sunday, April 21st

Baseline walking week

During the next five weeks walk and then submit your step totals.

Walking Week 2 – Monday, April 22nd to Sunday, April 28th

Walking Week 3 – Monday, April 29th to Sunday, May 5th

Walking Week 4 – Monday, May 6th to Sunday, May 12th

Walking Week 5 – Monday, May 13th to Sunday, May 19th

Walking Week 6 – Monday, May 20th to Sunday, May 26th

To find all of the details about the Walk With Me program visit

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“Freezin for a Reason” Season

It’s “Freezin for a Reason” Season.

As the days begin to lengthen, the cold begins to strengthen, so goes the old timers’ adage. We know that winter has a ways to go- it is still skiing, skating, basketball and now…cold water diving season.

Crazy folks throughout the world jump into frigid waters for all sorts of reasons- traditions, celebrations, rites of passage, supposed health benefits, but it is a particularly American trait to endure this kind of discomfort for charity.

But be careful what you call it. Both “Polar Plunge” and Polar Bear Plunge” have been trademarked by Special Olympics.

Three such events are coming up soon to a body of water near you in the sportingAcause Tri-state area.

The format is pretty much the same for all of them- entrants fundraise in the days and weeks before the event and bring a certain minimum amount to the event to qualify to plunge. Both teams and individuals are encouraged to participate.

On March 2nd, the Winsted Penguin Plunge, billed as the largest grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics Connecticut, will be held at the Highland Lake Boat Launch in Winsted.

Then on March 30th and 31st, the Pittsfield 2019 Super Plunge and Polar Plunge will be held on Onota Lake at Burbank Park in Pittsfield. Now this event takes winter discomfort to a whole new level. In addition to the conventional plunge on March 31st, especially masochistic enthusiasts, who have raised a minimum of $1,000, have earned the right to plunge once an hour starting on March 30th for 24 consecutive hours. Their 24th and final plunge coincides with the one-timers. Now that’s dedication! This event supports Special Olympics Massachusetts.

On April 7th, the Spring Splash will be held at The Grove on Lakeville Lake in Lakeville, CT. This event supports two popular local causes- the Jane Lloyd Fund and the John Rice Scholarship Fund. I must note that 50% of the entrants for Spring Splash are high school students from area public and private schools. Way to go Kids!

By the way, you don’t have to submerge yourself in frigid waters to participate- go to one or more of these events and watch the fun from high ground. Donations are always appreciated.

By the time the Spring Splash wraps up, who knows, maybe we’ll be golfin!

Til next time.


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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 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

For more information about the race visit, email 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 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

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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 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

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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 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

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

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