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BURCS’ Free to Run Trail Races Return at Pivotal Moment, Amass Large Donation to FTR

When the United States military and NATO forces withdrew from Afghanistan in August 2021 and the Taliban returned to power, the country was thrown into turmoil as its new leadership set about rolling back all sorts of rights people had gained and enjoyed in years prior. No group was more targeted than women and girls, as the Taliban sought to deny them access to education, freedom of expression and movement, and so much more. In a very real way the Taliban sought to deny women and girls their own identities.

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Results: BURCS Free to Run Trail Races

Following two years of virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) welcomed back runners for in-person racing at the eighth annual (and sixth in-person) Free to Run Trail Races on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Pittsfield State Forest in Pittsfield, Mass. Runners once again took on 50-mile, marathon or half-marathon distances on a 12.5-mile technical trail loop course with plenty of climbing.

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Pandemic Forces Additional Changes to BURCS Race Series

The Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) this morning announced several changes to its annual BURCS Race Series due to the continuing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading Pandemic Forces Additional Changes to BURCS Race Series

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

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

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

Spirit of Free to Run on Display at 2017 Race

When the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service played host to the inaugural Free to Run Trail Races in 2015, co-race directors Michael Menard and Jake Dissinger hoped the BURCS could play a small role in helping the Free to Run non-profit organization advance its mission “to use running, physical fitness and outdoor adventure to empower and educate women and girls who have been affected by conflict.”

The BURCS’ little race has come a long way toward fulfilling the running club’s service-oriented mission and that of Free to Run in three short years. Menard and Dissinger need look no further than two of their event’s runners and Free to Run benefactors, Zahra Arabzada and Farahnaz. Both ran the half marathon in 2015, and then Farahnaz again ran the half marathon with sizeable improvement in 2016 while Arabzada bumped up to the marathon distance.

On Saturday, Sept. 16, at the third annual event at Pittsfield State Forest, both Farahnaz and Arabzada joined the ranks of ultrarunners as they completed their first 50-mile races. Continue reading Spirit of Free to Run on Display at 2017 Race