Berkshire East, Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon
We are excited to announce registration is now open for the 2023 Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon!
RUN, RIDE, PADDLE, HIKE, SKI/SNOWBOARD
The race starts at Berkshire East ski area. The first leg is a 4.3 mile run that starts on pavement through the town of Charlemont, then heads into a mix of woods roads and trails up around the Warfield House before descending to the Run-Bike transition at Zoar Outdoor.
The bike leg is a rolling, out-and-back, 18 mile road course that heads west on Rte 2 before turning onto Zoar Rd and proceeding up to the Hoosac Tunnel. It then returns to Rte 2 on the same route, and turns west, ending at the Bike-Paddle transition at the Mohawk Park Campground.
The paddle leg starts with a short run from the parking lot of the Mohawk Park Campground down to the river. Boaters then go left up river for a short attainment section, before rounding a buoy and heading back down stream. The course is just under two miles of class 1 paddling, with one spot that can be a class 2 where another small river joins the Deerfield. The takeout is at the Paddle-Adventure Run transition area on the right shore just past the Route 8A bridge.
The adventure run is about 1.75 miles of mixed dirt and pavement. It heads up the road to Berkshire East, then around the perimeter of the parking lot, where several small obstacles are located, then up into the base area, and out into a wooded area surrounding the tubing park. The adventure run finishes heading down to the main base lodge area where the Adventure Run – Ski transition is located.
The climb and ski leg ascends and descends the Competition ski trail in front of the main base lodge. Athletes climb or skin up and descend down through a course of gates to the finish.
These activities – many of the best outdoor pursuits in our area can only be done on the same day early in the spring. Come join in the fun this year!!