- 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). The race will begin 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 a discounted price, and enjoy the farm and museum of Hancock Shaker Village. This is a very challenging course, 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 to finish. The race will be run, rain or shine.
Race date: September 21st 2013
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 31st, $90 until June 30th, and $100 to race day. No refunds or transfers. All requests will be ignored.
Entry fee for the Marathon is, $40 until March 31st, $50 until June 30th, and $60 to race day. No refunds or transfers. All requests will be ignored.
Race day registration is, 5:00am to 5:30am for the 50 mile Ultra Marathon, and 8:30am to 9:30am for the Marathon.
Pre-registered runners may pick up their race packets before the start of their event,
or they may be picked up on Friday the 20th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at HSV.
All 50 mile Ultra runners and 26 mile Marathon finishers will receive a medal. Awards go to top three male and female winners in both races.
Aid stations will provide water, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, salt, watermelon, sweets, gu gels, electrolyte drink, 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 theses 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. The race turns north, crossing Rt 20 onto the Family Trail, into Pittsfield State Forest. The race turns briefly east, over a bridge, and then turns back north, up, Mt.Sinai. The race continues north on the CCC trail. At the fork of the CCC trail and the Doll Mt. trail, at 4 miles, is the 1st (and 6th &11th) aid station. The race continues up the Doll Mt. 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 2nd (and 10th) aid station. The racers continue on the Taconic Crest trail until they reach Potter Mt. Road. At this point they have reached the 3rd (and 9th) aid station, 3.25 miles from the previous station. The race turns south-east and follows Potter Mt. Road for 2.75 miles, where it reaches
the Burgoyne trail. This is the site of the 4th (and 8th) aid station. The Burgoyne trail travels west up to the Taconic Skyline trail, and then turns south. 3.75 miles from the previous aid station on the Berry
Pound Circuit Rd. is the 5th (and 7th) 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 6th aid station, and the turn around point — 5.25 miles from the previous aid
station -25 miles into the race. The Ultra runners will now travel north back to the Taconic Skyline trail, going back the way they came and 26 mile Marathoners will head south toward HSV.
There will be a course map, coming soon!
Ultra runners must leave aid station (10) by 4:30pm!
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 to 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 in fixed locations along the route.
Runner times into the time station 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 are encouraged to come to the finish line and post-race events to greet and celebrate with their fellow racers and crew.
All Emergency Evacuation costs for participants or crews will be covered by that person.
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.”
All racers must follow and complete the entire application and entry process, filling out all forms and paying all necessary fees.
All racers and crew must sign the Accident Waiver and Release of Liability.
We have these rules for your safety. These rules are the same for all racers.
Please understand that failure to abide by any of these 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) NassauFollow 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), Massachusetts and other points eastTake I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) west to exit 1Take 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’s entrance is on the left.
- From ConnecticutIf 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 8Take Route 8 north to Route 20Take 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, the Village’s entrance is 6 miles on the left.orTake 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’s entrance is on the left.
- From New York City via I-87 (approximately 3 hours)Take I-87 north to I-90Take I-90 east to Exit B-3 in New York (There is no exit eastbound at Exit 1 in Massachusetts. If you continue on I-90 you can get off at exit 2-Lee and follow directions from Massachusetts and other points east.)Take Route 22 (north) to Route 295Take Route 295 east to Route 41Take Route 41 north to the junction of Routes 41 and 20Take Route 20 west for 0.5 miles, the Village’s entrance is on the left.
- From New York City via Taconic Parkway (approximately 3 hours)Take the Parkway north to Route 295 (it is the last exit before the 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’s 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:
To volunteer, please do the same!
Group Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/304008896314101/
Thank you to our 2013 sponsors for helping to make the race possible. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact the race director at: HancockShaker50@gmail.com or HancockShakerMarathon@gmail.com
Special thanks for Ben Kimball of Northeast Race Photo for hitting the trails all day on Saturday, September 21st, 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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