VEGAN POWER 50k/25k
June 17, 2017
NOT just for veg heads! ANYONE can join us for this year’s edition of this annual vegan ultra! Check out the gorgeous single track course in the beautiful Berkshires as well as sample some awesome vegan race and recovery food and learn about the power of a plant based diet to slow climate change, preserve our ecosystems, decrease animal suffering and feel vital and alive in your running!
This year all profits will be split three ways between Vine Sanctuary in Vermont, Red Robin Song Sanctuary in New York, and Bluebird Farm and Wildlife Rescue in Massachusetts.
BURCS Summer Fatass
24, 12, and 6 Hour Options
July 8 and 9, 2017
The BURCS Summer Fatass is a completely free fatass styled event on a gorgeous 1.9 mile cross country ski trail at Notchview Ski Resort in Windsor, Massachusetts. Runners will join together to run, celebrate, and test their limits for 6, 12, or 24 hours. (Note: 24 hour starts on July 8th, 12 and 6 hour options start on July 9th.)
Though there is no entry fee, donations will be accepted and will be split between Notchview Ski Resort and the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, Berkshire County’s volunteer-run, no-kill animal shelter for cats and dogs.
Jug End Loop Ultramarathon
July 29, 2017
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.
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, Marathon & 5k
August 12, 2017
5th Annual SS8H & Marathon 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.
Free to Run Trail Races
50 mile, 26.2 mile, and 13.1 mile
September 16, 2017
The 3rd Annual Free to Run 50 Mile, 26.2 and 13.1 races will be held on the trails in Pittsfield State Forest on the third weekend of September.
Course: A moderately challenging and technical 12.5 mile trail loop (Course Map will be added soon). 50 Miler runners will complete four full loops. Marathon runners will complete two loops with an additional out and back turnaround. Half Marathoners will complete one lap with an out and back at the end.
Aid Stations: 3 total on the loop including the start/finish; approximately every 4 miles.
The Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) is excited to host these great trail races in support of the amazing organization, Free to Run. Free to Run is a nonprofit that uses running, physical fitness, and outdoor adventure as a means of empowering and educating females in conflict-affected communities. It was founded by Stephanie Case, a very competitive ultra runner (2009 VT 100 champ) who you may also know from her popular blog (Ultrarunnergirl.com). In addition to Stephanie, the women that make up it’s Board of Directors are serious adventurers and ultra runners themselves. Please be sure to check out FreetoRun.org to learn about the great work they are doing around the world.