The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School cross country team wrapped up its season in celebratory fashion with a distance fun run Saturday, Nov. 6, at Greylock Glen Pavilion on the BART cross country course in Adams, Mass.
The program played host to its second annual Howl-Weenie endurance runs, but this year marked the first time it had an ultramarathon option in the lineup. In addition to marathon, half marathon and 5K distances, an eight-hour ultra was offered. Nine people accepted the challenge, and participants ranged in age from 12 to 56 years old. Of those who took part, six went beyond the marathon distance – some by just a few steps, and others by quite a few miles.
Bennjamin Griffin, 30, of Pittsfield, Mass., and Josh Doubiago, 15, of Adams, Mass., both logged 34.6 miles to lead the way. Griffin is a BART teacher and coach, as well as a race director for the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS). Saturday was his first ultramarathon victory of the year, topping his runner-up performance at the BURCS Summer Fat Ass 6-Hour in July. The 34.6 miles isn’t his longest performance of the year, however. Griffin covered 170 miles in 72 hours at 3 Days at the Fair in May in Augusta, N.J.
Rick Thompson, 51, of Bel Air, Md., recorded a solid 50K with 31.1 miles completed, good for third overall at Howl-Weenie.
Additionally, 56-year-old Tim Drake of Pittsfield, Mass., covered 28 miles in the allotted time, while 14-year-old Kylie Taylor of North Adams, Mass., and 15-year-old Jesse Doubiago of Adams, Mass., both ran 26.22 miles.