- Come enjoy a New England autumn day in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts and run in the Pittsfield State Forest.
There will be two races, a 50 mile Ultra Marathon and a Trail Marathon (26 miles). Both races start and finish on the grounds of the historic Hancock Shaker Village. After the race, there will be food and local beer from Big Elm Brewery!
While you are running, your family and crew may take advantage of discounted admission to Hancock Shaker Village, a living-history museum with 20 historic buildings and a full complement of activities and programs for visitors, including an on-site cafe.
The course is a challenging one, with lots of ascending and descending over very technical trails. Some Aid Stations are 6 miles from the previous station. These races will test your determination and endurance. The race will be held, rain or shine.
Race date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
50 mile race start: 5:30am. All runners must be at the starting line by 5:20am
Marathon start: 10:00am. All runners must be at the starting line by 9:45am.
Race registration: Ultrasignup.com
Entry fee for the 50 mile Ultra is $80 until March 31, $90 until June 30, and $100 on race day. No refunds or transfers.
Entry fee for the Marathon is $40 until March 31, $50 until June 30, and $60 on race day. No refunds or transfers.
Race day registration runs from 5 am to 5:30 am for the 50-mile Ultra Marathon, and 8:30 am to 9:30 am for the Marathon.
Pre-registered runners may pick up their race packets info TK
All 50-mile Ultra runners and 26-mile Marathon finishers will receive a medal. Awards go to the top three male and female winners in both races.
Aid stations will provide water, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, salt, watermelon, sweets, gu gels, electrolyte drinks, oranges, and bananas.
There are two aid stations (2 & 10) (5 & 7) on the course for crew to meet with their runner. Crew will be restricted to those two aid stations. Any crew providing assistance outside of these designated aid stations will result in a disqualification for the runner.
There is a bathroom at the 2 & 10 aid station.
Dogs on leashes are allowed.
The Ultra course is an out-and-back trail race. The Marathon is a lollipop course (so to speak).
The race begins in front of the stone barn, on the grounds of Hancock Shaker Village, and travels around the Farm and Forest trail loop, then turns north, crossing Rt 20 onto the Family Trail in the Pittsfield State Forest. The race turns briefly east, over a bridge, and then turns back north, up to Mount Sinai. The race continues north on the CCC trail. At the fork of the CCC trail and the Doll Mountain Trail, at 4 miles, is the first (and sixth & eleventh) aid station. The race continues up the Doll Mountain Trail, around 5.33 miles, the runners join the single-track Taconic Crest Trail. At 6 miles from the first aid station, on the
Berry Pond Circuit Road is the second (and tenth) aid station. The racers continue on the Taconic Crest trail until they reach Potter Mt. Road. At this point they have reached the third (and ninth) aid station, 3.25 miles from the previous station. The race turns south-east and follows Potter Mountain Road for 2.75 miles, where it reaches the Burgoyne trail. This is the site of the fourth (and eighth) aid station. The Burgoyne trail travels west up to the Taconic Skyline trail, and then turns south. At 3.75 miles from the previous aid station on the Berry Pound Circuit Road is the fifth (and seventh) aid station. The race continues south on the Taconic Skyline Trail until it reaches the upper CCC trail (about 24 miles) where it reaches the sixth aid station, and the turn-around point — 5.25 miles from the previous aid
station and 25 miles into the race. The Ultra runners will now travel north back to the Taconic Skyline trail, going back the way they came while the Marathoners will head south toward HSV.
There will be a course map coming soon!
Ultra runners must leave aid station (#10) by 4:30 pm!
Drop bags will be placed at the (2 & 10) (5 & 7) aid stations. There will be a spot at the start/finish to leave your drop bags. Please mark your bags if you have a preference for where they will be dropped.
Max Elevation: 2,296 ft. (It’s not as easy as it sounds)
- No walking sticks are permitted.
Headphones are permitted, but please be respectful when entering an Aid Station and take them off.
No littering! EVER!!
All runners must stay on the course.
If a runner takes a wrong turn, the runner is required to go back to the spot where they got off course before continuing on.
Racers are responsible for both their own and their crew’s actions. Crews are responsible for both their own and their racer’s actions.
Racers must make their presence known at all Time Stations located at fixed locations along the route, where their times will be recorded.
If a racer withdraws, he/she or his/her crew must contact Race Headquarters or a Time Station immediately. Name, reason for withdrawal, time of withdrawal, and miles completed must be stated. All racers and crew who drop out are encouraged to come to the finish line and to our post-race events to celebrate with their fellow racers and crew.
Any costs associated with emergency evacuations will be born by the racer or his/her crew. The race organizers are in no way liable or responsible for emergency evacuation.
The Race Director and Hancock Shaker Village has ultimate authority in regards to all rules, their interpretation, and their enforcement. There is no appeals committee or appeals process.
In order to participate, all racers must complete the entire application and entry process, and pay all necessary fees. All racers and crew must sign the Accident Waiver and Release of Liability.
These rules are in place for your safety and are the same for all racers. Failure to abide by any race rules is grounds for disqualification.
- For GPS purposes, Hancock Shaker Village is located at:
34 Lebanon Mountain Rd.,
Hancock, MA 01237.
1843 W. Housatonic St.,
Pittsfield, MA 01201
then proceed 1/2 mile further West on Rt. 20 to the parking lot.
Hancock Shaker Village is located on Route 20 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, just west of the junction of Routes 20 and 41.
- From Albany, New York (approximately 1 hour)Take Route I-90 east to Exit 11E (Route 20) Nassau Follow Route 20 east into Massachusetts. The Village’s entrance is on the right, approximately 3 miles from the New York/Massachusetts border.
- From Boston (approximately 2 1/2 hours), Springfield (approximately 1 hour) and other points east Take I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) west to exit 1. Take Route 41 north through the towns of West Stockbridge and Richmond to the junction of Route 20). Take Route 20 west for 0.5 miles. The Village entrance is on the left.
- From Connecticut If you are located near I-91, take I-91 north to I-90 and follow above directions from Springfield. If you are in eastern Connecticut, it is not convenient to use the Massachusetts Turnpike. Take Route 44 west to Route 8. Take Route 8 north to Route 20. Take Route 20 west; it merges with Route 7 in Lenox. Follow Route 7 north/20 west to Pittsfield where Route 20 west breaks off. Take Route 20 west to the Village, about 6 miles. Or, take Route 44 north to Route 7 in Canaan, Connecticut. Take Route 7 north through Great Barrington, Massachusetts to Route 41. Take Route 41 north to the junction of Routes 41 and 20.Take Route 20 west for 0.5 miles. The Village entrance is on the left.
- From New York City via I-87 (approximately 3 hours) Take I-87 north to I-90 east to Exit B-3 in New York. (There is no exit eastbound at Exit 1 in Massachusetts.) Take Route 22 north 5 miles to Route 295. Take Route 295 east to Route 41. Take Route 41 north to the junction of Routes 41 and 20. Take Route 20 west for 0.5 miles. The Village entrance is on the left.
- From New York City via Taconic Parkway (approximately 3 hours) Take the Parkway north to Route 295 (the last exit before the I-90 toll). Take Route 295 east to Route 41.Take Route 41 north to the junction of Routes 41 and 20. Take Route 20 west for 0.5 miles. The Village entrance is on the left.
There will be a limited number of runners who may camp out at Hancock Shaker Village for no fee. First come, first served. If you are planning to camp at HSV, please e-mail the race director to reserve a spot, all other runners should look into camping at Pittsfield State Forest. This is a very economical way to stay overnight, ten minutes from the race start.
Additional information about lodging can be found at the Berkshires Visitors Bureau website:
Group Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/304008896314101/
Thank you to our 2014 sponsors for helping to make the race possible.
Special thanks for Ben Kimball of Northeast Race Photo for hitting the trails all day on Saturday, September 21, 2013 and capturing great shots of the participants!
Click HERE to view the photos and select the images you’d like to purchase.
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