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Steel Rail Half Marathon and 8K

The Steel Rail Half Marathon and 8K will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019. The half marathon will start at the Berkshire Mall in Lanesboro , MA and end at the Visitors center in Adams, MA. The 8K will begin 8K back from the Half Marathon route end and also finish at the Visitors Center. Got that?

Parking will be at the Berkshire Mall parking lot at J.C. Penny’s. The 8K parking will be at the Cheshire Elementary School, Cheshire Town garage and on-street parking.

Buses will take runners’ belongings to the finish line as well as schlep participants back to the Berkshire Mall after the award ceremonies.

The registration is as complicated as the parking.

Registration is limited to the first 1,000 entrants and 300 for the 8K.

Go to to register.

Entry fees:

$65 half, $30 8K  by Feb. 28th

$75 half,  $35 8K  Mar 1st – Apr. 30th

$85 half, $40 8K  May 1st – May 16th

Tech short-sleeved shirts to everyone (both races) who register by April  15th.

All 8K runners get short sleeved T shirt if registered by April 15th.


Friday, May 17th at Berkshire Running Center, 34 Depot St, Pittsfield, MA

10:00 am- 6:00 pm   Packet pickup

Saturday, May 18th

10:00 am – 5:00 pm Packet pickup

Race Day

7:00 am – 8:45 am at Berkshire Mall Half marathon packet pickup

8:30 am – 9:30 am at the Ashuwillticook Trail Head 8K packet pickup

9:30 am  Half Marathon begins

10:00 am  8K begins

Custom medals to all half marathon finishers. For all finishers  one free Berkshire  Brewing Co beer (with ID); $3 food voucher and music after the races.

Half marathon awards to overall male and female top three places and top three finishers in each of seven age categories.

8K awards to overall male and female top three places and top three in each of seven age categories.

A portion of the race proceeds will benefit maintenance and expansion of the Ashuwillticook Rail trail.

$46,000 has been raised over the past six years.

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Beautiful Places

Have you noticed how quickly time has passed by this year? Seasons seem only to last a month or so, then gone- especially autumn. Already October is half over, and leaf-viewing opportunities are fading. We’ll have to hustle if we want to capture the glory of the Tri-State’s most precious time of year.

And we have some recommendations for where to see it all. These are the beautiful places often mentioned in sportingAcause- the venues where so many walks and runs take place throughout the year. They are the parks and trails where folks can safely run and walk often without venturing onto a highway and maybe take in their surroundings as they pass by.

The White Memorial Conservation Center is one, with 40 miles of trails within 4,000 acres of woodlands, fields, rivers and wetlands in Litchfield, CT. Learn more at

Another is the Walkway Over the Hudson, a converted rail road trestle which spans high above the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, NY. Dozens of walks and 5K’s are held here every year. In fact a Walk To End Alzheimer’s and a Walk To Defeat ALS will be held there this Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Take part in one and view the river vistas at the same time. Visit for details.

The Harlem Valley Rail Trail and the tongue-twisting Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, in Millerton, NY and Cheshire, MA respectively, offer miles of paved pathways with gorgeous views. Visit and for more info.

And here are some more candidates for great autumn viewing:

Ferncliff Forest, Rhinebeck, NY,

Barbour Woods, Norfolk, CT

Peach Hill Park,   Poughkeepsie, NY

Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, MA

Brodie Park, New Hartford, CT,

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA ,

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Berkshire Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Berkshire Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Farnams Road, Cheshire, MA 01225.

This is a rain or shine walk, about two miles long.

Everyone must register to participate, and, although there is no entry fee, walkers are asked to donate as well as fundraise, either as individuals or by joining a team.

To register and find out about fundraising options visit and click “Find Your Walk”.

Participants who fundraise at least $150 will receive a T shirt.

Walk day schedule:

8:30 am registration

9:30 am Ceremony

10:00 am Walk begins

All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The goal for this year’s Walk is $125,000.

For more information call Bianca Walker at (413) 787-1113 or email

Thank you to these generous sponsors:

National Presenting Sponsor

Edward James

Gold Sponsors

Berkshire Healthcare

Adams Community Bank

Silver Sponsors

The Memory Clinic

Next Step HealthCare

The Landing at Laurel Lake

Sweet Brook Rehab and Nursing Center

Bronze Sponsor

Bane Care

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