Early April is an amazing time of year in Franklin County, Massachusetts, when Winter and Spring overlap. You can ski in the mountains in the morning and bike or kayak in the afternoon. With the combination of these Winter and Spring conditions, it is the perfect time of year to hold the Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon, an annual event which combines five outdoor activities into one race. This Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 you can be part of the fun by participating, volunteering, or supporting the racers at the Berkshire Highland Pentathlon.
The race has five legs: a 4.2 mile road/trail run, 16 mile scenic bike ride, 2 mile paddle down the Deerfield River, 2 mile obstacle course run, and finally a climb of 1,000 feet up Berkshire East to a ski/snowboard down to the finish line. Solo participants, known as “Bravehearts,” complete the entire pentathlon on their own. Others form teams of two or five people who distribute the legs of the race. The pentathlon is a fun way to challenge yourself in a variety of sports in the same race. Online registration closes at midnight on March 30th, but you can still register in person before the race.
After the race, all participants are welcome to a free meal and a free beer at the Crazy Horse at Berkshire East. There, the race organizers will announce the winners and present their awards.
You can also be part of the fun through volunteering. The Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon is still seeking volunteers to help time and monitor the course. Volunteers are crucial to making this event happen and receive a free T-shirt and meal to say thanks for their help. Sign up for a volunteer role here.
Of course, supporters are always needed to boost up the competitors. Come out and cheer on the participants as they challenge themselves. There are several great viewing areas for different legs of the course. The best place to spectate will be at Berkshire East which is the start and end of the course. For the running leg, you can watch from the Warfield House Inn. For the bike leg and kayak leg, a good viewing point is the Shunpike rest area.
For more information on the Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon, click here.
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