Come compete or spectate at one of the oldest continuous, annual triathlons in the country during Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon 2019! Sunday, September 15, 2019 – Great Barrington to Stockbridge, MA.
The Josh Billings RunAground is a bike/paddle/run triathlon, as opposed to the more common bike/swim/run event. The race involves a 27 mile bike ride, a 5 mile canoe/kayak/SUP leg, and a 6 mile run. The event was first held in 1976 and has been a Berkshires tradition ever since.
The event was named after Josh Billings, pen name of humorist, Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885). Shaw was famous for his fun-loving, none-too-serious tone – an attitude which is carried over into the triathlon that bears his name.
Race Day Details
The first leg of the triathlon is the 27 mile bike race from Great Barrington to Stockbridge on scenic back country roads. The second leg is the 5-mile paddling sprint around Stockbridge’s Lake Mahkeenac on canoes, kayaks, or stand up paddle boards. The final leg is the 6 mile foot race to the main gate of Tanglewood, in Lenox.
Winners will receive their awards after the race during the celebratory Bash at Tanglewood. The Bash also includes food, drink, vendors, a Kid’s Race, and live music from the popular, local band The Presecription.
2019 Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon Schedule
Saturday, September 14
12pm to 5:30pm – Race Registration at The Arcadian Shop in Lenox
2pm – Ironperson meeting in the cafe area with Kent Lemme
12pm to 3pm – Kid’s Race Registration
5pm to 7:30pm – Free Spaghetti Dinner at Bousquet Ski area in Pittsfield
Sunday, September 15
8am to 8:30am – “Last Minute” packet pickup at the bike start
8:30am – Bikers report to the Price Chopper parking lot
9am – Paddlers report to the Stockbridge Bowl boat ramp
9:30am – Race Begins at the Price Chopper parking lot in Great Barrington
10:30am – Runners report to Camp Mah-Kee-Nac
12pm to 4pm – The Bash at Tanglewood
12pm to 1pm – Kids Race Registration at the Tanglewood United Way tent
2pm – Free Kid’s Fun Run (1/2 mile) on Tanglewood Grounds
43rd Annual Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Race starts 9:30am at Price Chopper, Rt 7, Great Barrington, MA
Whenever you’re in the Berkshires, Applegate Inn would love to be your home away from home. The convenient location of our Berkshires bed and breakfast in Lee, MA puts the best of the area at your feet. In fact, we’re less than 15 minutes away from both the start of The Josh and the celebratory Bash at Tanglewood. Book your stay at Applegate Inn today!