Saturday, Sep 16, 2017

Free to Run Trail Races

1041 Cascade St.

Pittsfield, MA 50 Miler, Marathon, 1/2 Marathon

This Event Took Place Sat. Sep 16, 2017

Update to 2020 Race: Canceled


Due to the challenges associated with planning group events for early fall, we have made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 version of Free to Run Trail Races at this time. Unfortunately there are still just too many unknowns around items like permits, rules for group events in MA, and necessary safety guidelines we would be required to implement for us to get comfortable opening up registration in time to effectively put on the race. Registered runners will be getting an email soon with more details on options for their registration fees which include deferral, refund, or donation. Lastly, Free to Run is very near and dear to our hearts and while we won’t be able raise funds through the race this year we will still be fundraising as a group in a different capacity this fall so please keep your eye out for details about that later this summer.

Free to Run

The Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) is excited to host year 6 of these great (and challenging) 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 competitive ultra runner who you may also know from her popular blog ( Please be sure to check out to learn about the great work they are doing around the world.

All race proceeds will go direct to Free to Run. As with all BURCS races, we also encourage runners to raise awareness and funds on their own if they feel moved to do so.

We look forward to seeing you on the course!

The Basics

Date: 9/19/2020
Distances: 50 miler, Marathon, and Half Marathon
Start Times: 50 Miler, 5:00am. Marathon and Half Marathon, 9:00am
Location: Pittsfield State Forrest, Pittsfield MA.
Course: We'll be using the 2017 version of the course; a challenging and technical 12.5 mile trail loop. 50 Miler runners will complete four full loops. Marathon runners will complete two loops with an additional out and back. Half Marathoners will complete one lap with an out and back at the beginning as well. Elevation gain per loop is between 2,000 and 2,500 feet depending on who's watch you trust so be prepared for some climbing.
Aid Stations: 4 total on the loop including the start/finish.
Awards: Each finisher will receive a finishers award.
Shirts: Shirts for all registered runners signed up prior to August 15th. After that we can't guarantee one but will try.
Camping: There are multiple campsites in Pittsfield State Forest complete with showers and bathrooms. Runners are responsible for booking their own campsites with Pittsfield State Forrest

What is BURCS?

The Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service was founded in 2013 by three passionate long-distance runners from Western Massachusetts. The BURCS crew is composed of runners of all ages who seek to use their passion for sport and activism to spread awareness about important social, civic, and environmental issues. Please check out for more information and to join.

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