Sunday, May 20, 2018 • Lanesborough, MA • Course Map
Set for its sixth annual running this year along the gorgeous, tree-covered hills and woodlands of Berkshire County in western Massachusetts, the Steel Rail Half Marathon unfolds along a point-to-point route that starts in the small town of Lanesborough and finishes 13.1 miles later in nearby Adams.
Runners start the race at Berkshire Mall, where they’ll make nearly two loops around the mall’s Loop Road before heading out onto the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, which stretches just over 11 miles and runs through Lanesborough and Cheshire before ending in Adams.
The trail’s 10-foot-wide path is paved and flat throughout, and organizers note that there are only three turns throughout the entire race.
Other than that – and a few very small hills in the first few miles – runners will enjoy a very gradual downhill descent that drops just over 200 feet in elevation by the time runners reach the finish line at the trail’s visitor center, just off Depot Street in Adams.
The race is limited to the first 750 entrants and the course time limit is 3 hours, for a race the organizers say is “very fast.”
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled among the hills of Berkshire County in western Massachusetts, Lanesborough lies just a few miles south of Cheshire, which usually sees some of its mildest (and wettest) weather of the year in May, which can still bring snow.
On race day (May 20), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
- 2017 Steel Rail Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Steel Rail Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Steel Rail Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Steel Rail Half Marathon Results
- $60 – $80 for the half marathon
- $30 – $40 for the 8K
To reserve your spot in the May 2018 running of Lanesborough’s Steel Rail Half Marathon, register online at the race website here.
Official Race Website
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