Join MASS Gathering Memorial Day Races
Once you get a look at the gorgeous natural beauty of the Berkshires here in western Massachusetts, it becomes instantly clear why these misty hills and mountains have drawn American notables from around New England to come here to live or just for a visit, from authors Nathanial Hawthorne and Edith Wharton to industrialist Andrew Carnegie, not to mention the Astor and Vanderbilt families over the years.
Today, the small town of roughly 7,000 residents welcomes many more throughout the year. That’s why the unofficial start of the summer season makes the perfect time for Great Barrington’s Memorial Day Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, which marks its annual running on the Memorial Day weekend.
Runners in the half marathon — like those in the other races — will follow an out-and-back loop course that starts and finishes near Ski Butternut, a ski resort just outside of Great Barrington’s downtown area. Hosted in conjunction with the Mass Gathering Music Festival, the Memorial Day Races provide runners and music fans a chance to partake in both throughout the weekend, especially as Saturday runners receive admission to Mass Gathering that day.
From Ski Butternut, half marathoners take off west on State Road toward the downtown area of Great Barrington. Around mile 2, the course veers north onto Stockbridge Road and continues north for the next mile and a half before turning left onto Park Street and left again onto Division Street.
By the time runners turn onto Alford Road and pass the outskirts of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the course is already halfway through, and the last half of the course consists of running through downtown Great Barrington and back toward Ski Butternut, retracing the first two miles as the last two miles.
Along the way, runners will be able to see much of what makes this area such a scenic treasure, from the tree-covered hills and mountains in the distance to the meadows and farmland that add to the beauty of the Berkshires.
directions_runStart Address: 380 State Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230, USA
flagFinish Address: 380 State Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230, USA
All runners will receive a Memorial Day Races finisher medal at the finish line. In honor of Memorial Day and our Fallen Heroes all Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, Sicko and Trail Race finishers will receive a customized dog tag finisher medal which will be mailed out two weeks after the race.
You can walk and yes there is a time limit of 6:30 for the marathon. After that time the clock will be kept running but there will be no more course support available. There is no time limit for the 5K, 10K or 1/2 Marathon which will all finish in the same spot as the marathon.
ARE Event Productions will be providing chip timing using BTag Chip Timing.
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