Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon

Saturday, Apr 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

Berkshire East Moutain Resort
66 Thunder Mountain Road
Charlemont, MA 01339

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The annual Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon features many of the best outdoor adventures in our area. The five events - a 4.2 mile road/trail run, a 16 mile cycling leg, 2 mile kayak, a 2 mile adventure run, a mile hike to the top of the mountain and a downhill ski/board to the finish - can only happen on the same day at the turn of the seasons. The beginning of April is usually referred to as the "Transition Season." This is when there is still a skiable surface, the roads and trails are usually free of snow for running and cycling and the Deerfield River is running freely to support kayaking. It's a perfect time to host an event that combines winter and summer activities.

The race can be done solo or as a team. This year's event will begin at Berkshire East Mountain Resort with a mass start, 4.2 mile road/trail run, then transition to a 16 mile cycling leg along the scenic Deerfield River to the Hoosac Tunnel. The next transition, at the Mohawk Park, begins a 2 mile kayak/canoe race down the Deerfield River, From the kayak leg take-out, the course transitions to a two-mile adventure run that brings competitors into the base area of Berkshire East. Finally a climb to the summit (1,000 vertical feet) of the ski area, finishing in a downhill ski/board course to the finish.(athlete must carry their own gear up and back down)

Proceeds from this year's Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon will benefit the Deerfield River Trails Association and the Ashfield Trails organization. Both are non-profits working on promoting recreation in West County through trail building, use, and connectivity.

Course Information:

The Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon takes place during what we call the "Transition Season" and you should expect variable conditions on all legs and different conditions from year to year. We embrace this as part of the fun and challenge. Be prepared for last-minute course changes if conditions require and thanks for celebrating this time of year in the Berkshire Highlands with us!

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