Location: Pittsfield State Forest: 1041 Cascade St. Pittsfield, MA 01201
Distances: 50 miler, Marathon, and Half Marathon
Start Times: 50 Miler, 5:00am (Remember to bring a headlamp for the start and possible finish!). Marathon and Half Marathon start at 9:00am. There will be a mandatory race briefing 15 minutes prior to the start of each distance.
Check In: 50 Miler check in will be 4:30-5:00 am on Race Day. Half and Marathon check in will start at 7 am on race morning.
Aid Stations: 4 total on the loop including the start/finish; approximately every 3 miles. Each aid station will have slightly different offerings but you can expect the standard ultra aid station snacks (chips, candy, gels, fruit, etc) as well as plenty of water, coke, and energy drink. We would like to limit the amount of trash we generate so please consider utilizing a handheld bottle or hydration pack to fill up at the stations if possible.
Drop Bags: There is plenty of room at the Start/Finish to leave bags if you will be doing multiple loops.
Pacers: Allowed only for 50 milers and only on their last lap. See note below in FAQs.
Cut-Off Time: In order to allow more folks the opportunity to finish the 50 miler this year we will be extending the cutoff to start your last lap to 6pm. If you are heading out for your final lap after 5pm we would prefer you bring a pacer with you as well as a cell phone (most have service throughout the course) as you will be finishing in the dark. Note, we cannot guarantee that aid stations will be fully stocked or manned indefinitely but we will do our best to leave aid out for you around the course that evening.
Awards: Each finisher will receive a finishers award.
Shirts: Shirts for all runners registered prior to August 15th. If you sign up after that we can’t guarantee one but we’ll try.
Camping: Camp sites on race weekend will be available near the start of the race in Pittsfield State Forest, complete with hot showers and new bathrooms facilities. Camping fees are not included as part of the race fees and runners are responsible for reserving a site directly with PSF if they would like to camp.
FAQ’s (we’ll be updating this section as new questions come in)
- Should I plan to carry a handheld water bottle or hydration pack? We recommend this for all BURCS races both as a precaution on the trail but also to limit disposable cup waste at the aid stations.
- How will the course be marked? The course will be clearly marked with flags close enough together to see the next one. Turns and intersections will also be taped off to keep you on the right trail. There will also be directional signs and live humans directing you at a few of the key spots.
- Are pacers allowed for any of the distances? New in 2016 we will allow pacers for 50 milers on their last lap only. If you are pacing, please check in with race officials at the start/finish area who will check to make sure you have details on the course as well as confirm you have the necessary gear (headlamp, pack, etc) to head into the woods for a few hours.
- Can I drop to a shorter distance mid race and be counted in the shorter distance’s results? No, the distance that you start the race at will determine which results you are counted in, even if it means a dnf. If you would like to drop down prior to the race please contact us and we can accommodate prior to bibs being assigned.