Congratulations on being a participant
in the Steel Rail Half Marathon/8K 2019

We are planning a great event and want to give you all the information you need to ensure you get the most out of the experience. 


BIB NUMBER AND SHIRT PICK UP:  Bib number and race shirt pick up times are 10AM-6PM on Friday May 17th, 10AM-5PM on Saturday May 18th, both at Berkshire Running Center, 34 Depot, Pittsfield, MA 01201.  We are on the honor system you may pick up bibs for other runners.

Sunday May 19th pick up will be at the JC Penny parking lot at the Berkshire Mall in Lanesboro MA from 7:30-8:45 AM for the Half and 8:30-9:30am for the 8K at the Cheshire Trail head. Parking will be available at Cheshire Elementary or any town lot.  All parking for the Half should be at the JC Penny parking lot at the Berkshire Mall. NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION…NO EXCEPTIONS! 


IMPORTANT TIMING INFORMATION:  You may not switch races on race day!!  You will mess the timing up for both races if you do this!!  Runners with ½ Marathon bib numbers must run in the ½ Marathon. All transfers and switches between races must be completed by May 15. No changes will be made after this date.

 “CHIPS ON THE HIPS BIBS ON THE RIBS” The bib must be placed on the front of you on your outer most layer of clothing, and you should have one chip on each hip (anywhere below the hip and above the knee if fine as long as they are visible) with no clothing covering them in order to insure your chip is picked up.  Please place bibs on the front of your shirt or shorts, NOT ON YOUR BACK, so that our timers can read your bib number as you run by!  Please fill out the back of your bib with all of your contact information and emergency contact person and phone number.


BAG DROP OFF:  The ½ Marathon will start at 9:30 AM and the 8K will start in Cheshire at 10 AM.  We will provide you with a plastic bag to use or you may use any other bag and we will provide labels to put your bib number on your bag.  There will be a school bus at the JC Penny parking lot to drop off your bag to be brought to the finish line.  Bags need to be dropped no later than 9AM. You will need to present your bib number at the finish to retrieve your bag.  If you are doing the 8K Race the bus will come to the start of the 8K. Bags need to be dropped off no later than 9:30am.Berkshire Running Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items. However we will have the property manned and secured by volunteers from the time you drop it off until you pick it up after the race in Adams.  Please pick up all bags by 1PM at the latest!  After 1 PM bags will be brought to the visitor center behind the band.


LOST AND FOUND:  Any lost and found items can be picked up at Berkshire Running Center on Monday the 20th from 10AM-6PM


SHUTTLE BUSSES BACK TO THE STARTS:  Shuttle buses will begin transporting runners back to the 8K start and the Berkshire Mall beginning at 12:30pm until 2:30pm.  Buses will be leaving on a rotating schedule.  The last bus will leave Adams at 2:30pm sharp.   Busses will be located on the opposite side of the rail trail from the finish line approximately .1 miles from the finish area.


BATHROOMS:  There will be port-o-potties at the start and near the 8K start at mile #8 of the ½ marathon.   There are also public restrooms at the  DCR’s Trail head by the mall and off to the left of the trail at the Farnams Road crossing.


WATER AND ELECTROLYTE STOPS: Water stops will be at the following approximate mileage on the course 2.25, 3.75, 6.25, 8, 10.25 and 11.75. Electrolyte replacements will be available at stops closest to miles 6.25, 8, 10.25, 11.75.


FREE BEER AND FOOD ITEM: Your bib contains a beer ticket and a food ticket.  You must have these at the finish line to receive your 1 FREE Steel Rail Pail Ale (ID needed as well) and your 1 FREE $3 food item.  Beer tickets can only be used for Steel Rail; Food tickets can be applied to a more expensive food item ($3 discount).  Beer tickets may not be used for food purchase.


AWARDS AND SHIRT SWAP: Awards will be announced at 12:30 PM at the Visitor Center where the band is set up.  A shirt swap will take place after awards. All shirts that are not picked up prior to the race start will be available for swap so if you want your shirt make sure you pick it up before the race start at one of the pick up times.  Nothing will be mailed to you.  This year we will have a Hospitality tent sponsored by Berkshire Running Center. This large tent will have tables and chairs so that everyone can be comfortable and listen to live music from Hotshot Hillbillies while enjoying more fine craft beers by Berkshire Brewing Company as well as delicious food provided by Bounti-Fare Restaurant.


NOTE TO ALL SPECTATORS: Please pass this on to anyone who is coming to cheer you on.  Spectators may park and watch the race at the following locations.  Berkshire Mall, Farnams crossing Cheshire, Rt. 8 Cheshire, Church St. Cheshire, Russell Field Adams, Rt. 8 Adams, Finish Area at Adams Visitor Center.  PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO WATCH RUNNERS AT ANY OTHER LOCATION.  THIS WILL RESULT IN MAJOR TRAFFIC PROBLEMS!  Also there should be no markings made on the rail trail, no signs, no chalk etc. You are more than welcome to hold signs and cheer as loud as you want but please do not mark up the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail with signs or chalk or anything else of the sort.  Spectators who stay at the Berkshire Mall for the start of race MUST stay at the Mall until all runners have exited the ring loop down to the rail trail.  YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE BEFORE THEN SO IF YOU STAY FOR THE START PLAN ON BEING THERE FOR 20-30 MINUTES AFTER THE RACE STARTS.