Berry Pond Hill Climb - 10.5M/5.25M
May 4, 2019
BURCS is pleased to produce the first ever Pittsfield State Forest Hill race. Not for the faint of heart, this race has significant elevation gain, however one small victory is the fact that the entire race is on the Berry Pond Circuit Loop Road. Runners will start at the Lulu Brook Parking lot and race up the mountain, taking in spectacular mountain views and pass the highest naturally occurring body of water in the state of Massachusetts! They will run down the west side of the park, and continue counter-clockwise at the entrance. 5.25 mile runners will run the rolling hill mile back to the parking lot where the finish line is located. 10.5 milers will continue up the mountain a second time.
VEGAN POWER 50k/25k
June 22, 2019
Don’t let the name fool you, Vegan Power trail races are open to everyone. Join us for some of the Berkshires’s most beautiful single track trails on an ideal 5 mile loop course. Race options include a 50k, 25k and grab your friends for the 50k relay.
Race with us as we showcase some of the best plant-powered athletes around and learn how a plant-based diet slows climate change, preserves our ecosystem, decreases animal suffering, and supports a healthy lifestyle. This year all profits will go to support VINE Sanctuary in Vermont.
72, 48, 24, 12, 6, and 3 Hour Options
July 4-7th, 2019
The Notchview Ultra (formerly branded the BURCS Summer Fatass) is a fatass-styled event on a gorgeous 1.9 mile cross country ski trail at Notchview Ski Resort in Windsor, Massachusetts. Registration for each event is just $30. Runners will join together to run, celebrate, and test their limits for as much as 3 days or as few as 3 hours. (Note: All events end at 7pm on July 7, 2019. Plan accordingly from there and count back to your start time. i.e. 72 hour starts July 4 @ 7:00, 48 hour July 5 @ 7:00, etc.)
Though there is a modest entry fee, the fee will be split between Notchview and the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, Berkshire County’s volunteer-run, no-kill animal shelter for cats and dogs. Participants will receive a unique finisher’s award and runners in the 48 & 72 hour have the option to purchase a Notchview Ultra 100 Mile+ belt buckle at time of registration.
Jug End Loop Ultramarathon
6 Hour, 27 Mile, & 4.2 Mile
July 27, 2019
The Jug End Loop Ultra takes place each summer in gorgeous Egremont, Massachusetts. Starting at the parking lot on Guilded Hollow Road, runners will traverse the formidable 4.2 mile Jug End Loop Trail counter-clockwise for 5 hours, before finishing the final sixty minutes on a .9 mile mini loop. **New for 2019** 27 Mile option which is 6 large 4.2 loops + 2 “mini loops”. Cutoff for the 27 miler is 7 hours.
All runners are greeted with handmade mugs at the finish line. Runners will encounter fields, stream crossings, apple orchards, undulating trails and breathtaking views. Certain to become a staple in your summer race calendar!
Sweltering Summer 8-Hour
8-Hour & 5k
August 10, 2019
7th Annual SS8H & 5k will be held on the dirt and cinder track circling Clapp Park in Pittsfield, MA. Runner and walker friendly. All runners will receive custom individual aid station space. Hand crafted awards and medals.
Come experience summer in Pittsfield and enjoy music, food, and friendship as you test your limits. Run 1 lap or 150! Proceeds to benefit Moments House, a non-profit organization in Pittsfield, Massachusetts that provides those with a cancer diagnosis and their friends, families, and caregivers with complementary care. This year, the race will be timed by Mike Melton at MCMTiming. Runners will receive certified marathon distance splits at 74 laps and can stop at any time.
Free to Run Trail Races
50 mile, 26.2 mile, and 13.1 mile
September 14, 2019
The Free to Run Trail Races are held on a challenging but rewarding 12.5-mile loop located entirely within Pittsfield State Forest in Pittsfield, MA. The loop consists mostly of singletrack hiking and mountain-bike trails, with a few dirt road sections, a small paved portion at the start, and a short paved stretch near the top of the ridge. There is approximately 2,000-2,500 ft. of elevation gain per loop (with actual figures depending on whose GPS watch you want to trust; ours rarely match exactly!), and some of the climbs are definitely steep. Some sections are considered fairly technical by most standards, but the majority is “runnable” and/or power-hikeable and you shouldn’t need to use your hands anywhere. Included in the loop is a wide-open vista at which you will definitely be tempted to stop and take in the magnificent view of the Taconics. 50-mile runners complete four full loops. Marathon runners do two loops with an additional (~1 mile) paved road out-and-back at the beginning of the race. Half-marathoners complete one lap with an out-and-back at the beginning as well.
Note: As with any trail race, the actual distance and elevation gain shown on individual GPS devices will likely vary due to trees, tight switchback curves, etc. Official times are based on crossing the finish line for your distance, even if it includes extra mileage on your watch.