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The Steel Rail Half Marathon/8K  rescheduled from May 17th Now Virtual


The Steel Rail Half Marathon/8K is now virtual and will run through Oct. 31st.

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We have some unfortunate (but somewhat anticipated) news. It saddens us to inform you that we will not be able to hold the Steel Rail Half Marathon except in a virtual format for those who have already signed up. More on this in a moment.

Massachusetts’ phased reopening will not allow for road races or public gatherings at the scale our race needs. Due to safety concerns, our only option is to hold the race virtually.

This is our largest and most important event for the BRC, so please know that it pains us to not offer it as we have known for the past 8 years. We would like to thank you for your support and understanding during the strange year that 2020 has been.


All runners will be converted to run the race virtually. We will be mailing or delivering all race swag to those registered runners. Each runner will receive:

  • The SRHM Shirt

  • A Pint Glass

  • A HooRag Commemorative Neck Gaiter

  • A SRHM / 8K Bottle Opener Key Chain


The SRHM Virtual Run will be held between October 1st and October 31st.

If you would like to run the SRHM Race Route you can (one and a half laps around the mall perimeter, then 2 left turns at the finish), we simply ask that you do not run it in groups. Also be sure to check with the DCR to make sure the entire trail is opened before running the actual course.

Otherwise you can run the half marathon and 8K distances anywhere that works for you. In October we will send you an email with a link to a form where you can submit your information and time.


If we are able to host the SRHM in 2021:

  • Your spot will be guaranteed

  • Your registration will be offered at a discounted rate

Also, we will be hosting a Virtual 5K 8 Week Series that will run September 1 – October 31, 2020.

This is free to those who were registered for the SRHM as a thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Registration is $50 for the 12 races and it will include a race singlet/shirt!


The Berkshire Running Center (with the help and participation of runners like you) have helped to donated over $60k to the bike path expansion and upkeep. We are happy to still be able to make a donation from this year’s event (although not what we usually can) we will donate all we can.

From our family to yours:
Be well. Be safe. We will get through this together.

– The Berkshire Running Center

The Steel Rail Half Marathon/8K will take place on October 11, 2020 at the Berkshire Mall, Lanesboro, MA. This event was rescheduled from May 17th.

Race start time will be 9:30 AM for the Half and 10:00 AM for the 8K.

LIMITED TO THE FIRST 1500 registered runners for the Half and 500 registered runners for the 8K.
NO REFUNDS/DEFERMENTS , however; you may transfer your registration to another runner prior to May 13th, 2019.

You may transfer down from the Half to the 8K  as long there is still room in the 500 runner cap for the 8K,with no refund in price difference prior to May 11th, 2020.



If you refer 3 runners who have NEVER RUN the Steel Rail Half Marathon, verified, and we will refund your registration fee!  Register yourself for the race then 3 people who have never run the race before sign up and put your name in the field “referred by”, get 3 new SRHM runners and we will refund your entry fee for the race!  *HALF MARATHON ONLY



NEW RACE SWAG for 2020

Shirt sizes GUARANTEED if  registered by April 15!  After that date sizes will be first come first served and quantities will run out!  

Custom SRHM Finisher Hoo-Rag!

Custom SRHM Finisher Bottle Opener!

Commemorative SRHM Pint Glass while supplies last! Register Early.

Registration Fees are:

$65.00 (Half)/$35.00 (8K) by December 31, 2019
$70.00 (Half)/$40.00 (8K) from January 1 thru January 31, 2020
$75.00 (Half)/$45.00 (8K) from February 1 thru February 29, 2020
$80.00 (Half)/$50.00 (8K) from March 1, 2020 thru October 9, 2020

NOTE: there is no online processing fee!

If you would rather mail in a registration form with a check for your entry fee, please click link: Printable Form

mail to

Berkshire Running Center

34 Depot St

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Steel Rail Half Marathon Sponsorship!  Sponsorship Information and Sponsor Form

This 13.1 mile scenic run begins at the Berkshire Mall in Lanesboro, MA; Rt. 8 and finishes at the Visitor Center in Adams, MA.  Bus transportation will be provided to bring participants back to the Berkshire Mall following the Awards Ceremony.  All parking will be at the Berkshire Mall (JC Penny parking lot).  The 8K starts at the 8K from finish of the Half Marathon and follows the same course to the same finish line.  Parking for the 8K will be at the Cheshire Elementary School, Cheshire Town Garage, Other Cheshire Public Parking on Main St.


For both the Half and 8K: Custom Finisher Hoo-rags.  1 Free Steel Rail Pale Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company at the race finish. (must have ID and be 21+)  1 food ticket ($3) value for food vendors at the finish party, in addition to standard post race fuel provided by the SRHM.  Music at the finish line until 4:30 PM!


Water stations located at approximately every 2 miles (6 stations on the course).  Stations closest to mile 6,8,10 and 12 will also have a electrolyte replacement as well as water.


A bus will be at the start line to transport your belonging to the finish line.  The bus will have a volunteer race staff on it at all times but BRC and the SRHM are not responsible for lost or stolen items.  The bus will be located approximately 1/10th of a mile from the actual finish line of the race.  Busses will be provided to bring participants back to the parking locations after the awards ceremony.


Half Marathon Prizes: Overall Male and Female top 3 places.
Top 3 in 10 year age categories (0-19,20-29,30-39,40-49,50-59,60-69,70+)


8K Prizes: Overall Male and Female top 3 places.

Top 3 in  age categories (0-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+)

Race Packet Pick up will be at Berkshire Running Center, 34 Depot Street Pittsfield,  MA 01201 on Friday May 15 form 10AM-6PM and Saturday May 16 from 10 AM until 5 PM. Day of race packet pick up will be at the Berkshire Mall from 7 AM-8:45 AM (Half), Main St., Cheshire Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Trail Head (by the plow) 8:30-9:30 AM for the 8. Please pick up early if possible!

A portion of the race proceeds will go to maintenance and expansion of the DCR’s Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.

Thanks to our Sponsors and participants we have donated over $50,000 to be used for maintenance and repair of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in our first 7 years!


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