Sunday • September 24, 2023
Race Start Time:
- 9:00 AM
- There is an online processing fee. NO REFUNDS/DEFERMENTS
Race route is out and back course on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. Start and and finish is at the Crane Ave trail head.
- Technical race shirt to all runners (sizes not guaranteed)
- Post race refreshments and awards. Enjoy Bartlett’s cider donuts and apple cider!
Directions / Parking
The FIR 5K starts and finishes at the end of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, 850 Crane Ave, Pittsfield, MA. Parking is available at the Allendale Shopping Center, located 500 yards from the start/finish.
PLEASE PARK IN DESIGNATED AREA ONLY. THERE IS FREE AND AMPLE PARKING AT THE ALLENDALE SHOPPING CENTER A FEW HUNDRED YARDS FROM START.
Packet Pick Up
Berkshire Running Center
5 Cheshire Rd Suite 119
Pittsfield, MA 01201
- Sunday, October 8th from 8:00 am-8:45 am
Please use Crane Ave Entrance.
Toilets and Water Stops
Restrooms are at the TrailHead on Crane Ave in the Ashuwillticook Trail Parking lot.
Following the race, awards will be presented to the top overall finishers and top age division winners.
No refunds under any circumstances, including event cancellation or postponement. Events are planned and paid for months in advance of the actual date. IF our event is canceled or postponed because of weather, pandemics, or other forces beyond our control, we won’t be able to provide refunds. In these rare situations, we’ll convert the race to a virtual one and mail you your full race goodie bag. Due to regulations changes may be made to the course or race details for the safety of our participants and staff. Any changes will be communicated prior to the event via email, on our social media platforms, and on our website.
The Fitness In Recovery (FIR) program is the next extension of Berkshire Running Foundation’s ongoing work. Working with the local hospital, rehabilitation center and local community centers, Berkshire Running Foundation will be offering a health and fitness program for those in recovery, as well as for their supporters and families.
Spectrum Health staff and clients are working with us in creating a program that offers a free, safe, sober and supportive environment for anyone who would like to introduce fitness into their lives. The Fitness In Recovery model is a proven benefit in helping individuals deal with the issues surrounding any type of recovery; whether it be from substance abuse, anxiety, depression, grief, food issues, or being a caregiver to someone in recovery.
Using the proven Lemme Run Program, participants will be led thru a six-week program with the goal of completing the FIR 5K run on September 24. Each participant will have an experienced coach to help guide them throughout their training. After completing the program, clients are encouraged to stay on and train to become a coach themselves. The FIR program structure is a proven and successful template that has been developed around the world. Implementing exercise, in addition to a recovery program, has a profound impact on each participant in physical improvement, social engagement and the success of their recovery.