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 steelrailhalfmarathon.com to register.
$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
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.
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 whitememorialcc.org.
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 walkway.org 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 hvrt.org and mass.gov/locations/ashuwillticook-rail-trail for more info.
And here are some more candidates for great autumn viewing:
Ferncliff Forest, Rhinebeck, NY, ferncliffforest.org
Barbour Woods, Norfolk, CT
Peach Hill Park, Poughkeepsie, NY peach-hill-park.org
Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, MA mass.gov/locations/pittsfield-state-forest
Brodie Park, New Hartford, CT, town.new-hartford.ct.us/recreation-department/pages/brodie-park
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lenox, MA , massaudubon.org
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 alz.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to these generous sponsors:
National Presenting Sponsor
Adams Community Bank
The Memory Clinic
Next Step HealthCare
The Landing at Laurel Lake
Sweet Brook Rehab and Nursing Center