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Generosity, Tough Running Highlight Free to Run Trail Races

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Shortly after Free to Run founder Stephanie Case wrapped up a fourth-place finish at the 330-kilometer Tor des Geants in Europe to raise money for her non-profit organization, Free to Run received a second fund-raising effort on a second continent as the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) played host to the fourth annual Free to Run Trail Races in western Massachusetts. Continue reading Generosity, Tough Running Highlight Free to Run Trail Races

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Results: Free to Run Trail Races

The Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service played host to the fourth annual Free to Run Trail Races on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Pittsfield State Forest in Pittsfield, Mass. Runners took part in 50-mile, marathon and half marathon trail races on a loop course. Runners in the 50-mile race completed a 12.5-mile loop four times for around 10,000 feet of vertical gain; marathon runners completed the loop twice with extra distanced added on the road; half-marathoners completed the loop once with extra distance added on the road before heading onto the trail. Continue reading Results: Free to Run Trail Races

Soutiea Builds on Big Year with Another Record-Setting Effort at Soggy Sweltering Summer

As its name implies, the Sweltering Summer Ultra aims to test not only runners’ endurance, but also their tolerance for New England’s typical mid-summer scorching heat.

The event, which was put on for the sixth year on a row by the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) on Saturday, Aug. 11, challenged runners to circle a .355-mile dirt and cinder loop as many times as possible during an 8-hour period at Clapp Park in Pittsfield, Mass.

While the course and the objective were the same as in years past, one thing was different – rather than sweltering heat, this year runners instead endured soaking rain for much of the day. That created challenging conditions on a course that’s designed for sure-footed running and speed. For Greg Soutiea, that simply made for an intriguing plot twist at a race where he has set a high standard for performance. Continue reading Soutiea Builds on Big Year with Another Record-Setting Effort at Soggy Sweltering Summer