Category Archives: BURCS

Results: BURCS Treadmill Ultra and Marathon

The Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service kicked off its 2020 season with a new, virtual challenge: a treadmill ultramarathon and marathon. From Feb. 15-23, runners could select a 24-hour window to complete a marathon, 50K or – for just a little bit extra distance – a 50.1K, documenting their progress with time-stamped photos of the distance completed every time the treadmill stopped. Forty-two runners completed ultramarathon distances while another 49 completed a marathon on the treadmill. Continue reading Results: BURCS Treadmill Ultra and Marathon

BURCS Series to Expand with Alford Springs 6-Hour Ultra

For the past few years, the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) has kicked off its annual ultramarathon race series in mid-June. This year, the series will begin a few weeks sooner thanks to the introduction of a new race – the Alford Springs 6-Hour Ultra. Continue reading BURCS Series to Expand with Alford Springs 6-Hour Ultra

Runners Pile Up Shoes, Miles at Free to Run

The pile began forming long before race day.

Months before the fifth annual Free to Run Trail Races took place on Saturday, Sept. 14, trail- and ultrarunners had already begun dropping off shoes with race organizers from the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service that would ultimately go to the non-profit organization that shares the race’s name. Continue reading Runners Pile Up Shoes, Miles at Free to Run

New Champions Crowned at Sweltering Summer

For the past four years, Greg Soutiea had his speedy legs firmly planted on the top of the podium at the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service’s Sweltering Summer 8-Hour Ultra.

Soutiea dominated the race each year, always winning with at least 5 1/2 miles more than his closest competitor. The former resident of Quincy, Mass., now lives on the Maine coast, making the trip to Clapp Park in Pittsfield, Mass., a particularly long haul. As a result, after dominating the race from 2015-2018 when he secured the four biggest mileage totals in race history, Soutiea was absent from the seventh annual event on Saturday, Aug. 10. That meant a new champion would be crowned at the race around the .355-mile loop cinder track at Clapp Park.

And what a race it was. Continue reading New Champions Crowned at Sweltering Summer

Results: BURCS Sweltering Summer 8-Hour Ultra

The Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service played host to its sixth annual Sweltering Summer 8-Hour Ultra on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Clapp Park in Pittsfield, Mass. Yuki Chorney earned the No. 2 spot on the women’s course record board with her 51.16-mile performance while Eric Ciocca earned the men’s victory in his BURCS debut. Continue reading Results: BURCS Sweltering Summer 8-Hour Ultra

Runners Deliver Big Numbers, Make Bigger Impact at Jug End

Runners put up some big numbers during the first three years of the Jug End Loop Ultra, including men’s and women’s course-record mileage that went untouched at this year’s race. That said, the fourth annual Jug featured plenty of big numbers of its own on Saturday, July 27, at Jug End State Reservation in Egremont, Mass.

For one thing, the 76 runners who took on the 6-hour race made up the largest field in the event’s brief history, and they were joined by more runners in the 27-mile and 4.2-mile races. While the participation tally brought a smile to race director Benn Griffin’s face, he was even more proud by the most impactful big number the runners delivered: $3,600. Continue reading Runners Deliver Big Numbers, Make Bigger Impact at Jug End