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Jolly Jaunt 5K in Pittsfield or Springfield - benefit for Special Olympics

(posted November 9, 2007)

The Jolly Jaunt is a holiday themed 5k run that will be held on Saturday December 1st at 9:30 a.m.
Online registration for both races is available at the Jolly Jaunt website.


The Pittsfield race starts at the Crowne Plaza on 1 West St., with registration beginning at 8:00 AM. The entry fee can be paid up front or you can choose to raise the entry fee from neighbors and friends who would support the cause. The entry fee includes a long-sleeved t-shirt and entrance to the holiday after-race party, which will have lots of raffle giveaways! If you go to the Jolly Jaunt website and click on Berkshires, you can register on line and get more information. Age group awards a plenty!
   - from Darlene.


The Springfield race starts at the Basketball Hall of Fame on 1000 West Columbus Avenue, also with registration beginning at 8:00 AM. There will be awards for the top male and female finishers in each category. After the run there will be a holiday party in the Center Court room of the Hall of Fame with a breakfast buffet, music and a holiday costume contest.

Jon Muskrat
West Section Director
Special Olympics Massachusetts

Nipmuck note from Joe Schutz

(posted June 7, 2007)

This year in the Nipmuck Trail marathon I took a bad fall early in the race. I tore my patella tendon. I'm having knee surgery in a few days. I just wanted to express my graditute to all the runners and volunteers who were there to help. Every runner who passed by on the turnaround asked if I needed anything. A runner offered me advil, a volunteer came back with a blanket so I wouldn't be cold in the rain. The race director and another volunteer became human crutches to get me out of the woods on difficult trails. (Luckily it was only a 1/4 mile to the nearest road). A volunteer EMT helped immobilize my leg.
I've been a runner for 30 years and I've always found a tight bond among runners. Last weekend I felt proud to be part of this community.
Thanks to all
Joe Schutz

Grand Tree schedule for 2007

(posted December 11, 2006, from Rob Higley)

The Grand Tree has grown from 17 races in 2004 to 24 races in 2006. Continued expansion could change the GT from a series to a mere race listing. So, to give Ken Clark and his fellow stoneheads a fighting chance to run all possible races in the series, and to give the rest of us at least fleeting aspirations of running most of the series and then doing really really well at Stone Cat, I've put some races that could be on the Grand Tree on a separate list of "Additional Worthy Races". This page also has some classics, like Escarpment, and gems, like Soapstone Assault, that don't fit the Grand Tree format because of limited entry, handicapped start, etc., as well as Bogie's MorFun Wapack and the Pineland Farms races. Suggest others if you feel strongly that they belong. Please run these races when you can, too - no GT points involved, but you will accumulate forest karma.

The Greylock Marathon looks as if it will not be run in 2007, but it may rejoin us, if not in 2007, then in a later year.

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