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Wild Thing 5K/10K Trail Race Virtual

The Wild Thing 5K/10K Trail Race will be held as a virtual event this year and  will take place from Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28, 2020.

You have the option to run the 5K or 10K course (or BOTH) in Kennedy Park, or participate in Wild Thing from anywhere by tracking your run or walk in your neighborhood or a natural area near where you live. The event raises money for Mass Audubon’s conservation and education work in Berkshire County.

Wild Thing course in Kennedy Park:
A wooded trail race and walk starting and ending at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox. Race goes through Kennedy Park on old carriage roads and single track with a variety in elevation. Note: the 10K course has been changed this year.

For additional information and to register for Wild Thing visit:

This event is a fundraiser for Mass Audubon.

Thank you to these generous sponsors:

Greylock Federal Credit Union


Berkshire Engineering

Lenox Land Trust

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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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