Update to 2020 Race
Along with everyone else, BURCS has been monitoring the unfortunate spread of COVID-19. Given the unknown around future permits and with the safety of our community in mind, we have chosen at this time to pause registration for all 2020 races. It is very likely that the races end up being canceled and we will move to do so when appropriate as we receive guidance from various state and federal authorities. If canceled, we will communicate with registered runners at that time in regards to refunds or donation options as we do not wish to profit in anyway from this crisis. For earlier races some expenses may have been already been baked in but we will do the best we can to cross that bridge when we get there. Thank you for your understanding and continued support of the BURCS community, hope to see you all out on the trails soon.
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 (Ultrarunnergirl.com). Please be sure to check out FreetoRun.org 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!
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
Complete race information can be found at Freetoruntrailraces.com
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 burcsrunners.org for more information and to join.
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