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Runners approaching the finish line at the Berkshire South Community Center 5K Run.

5K runners (and walkers) turn out for Berkshire South

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By Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 Life In the Berkshires

As the Bible says, “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong,” and a perfect illustration of this was the 5K race held by Berkshire South Regional Community Center (BSRCC) this past Sunday morning at the Walter J. Koladza Airport in Great Barrington.

Indeed, there were some swift runners there, but that didn’t seem to be the point. The point of this race, more appropriately billed as a 5K Run/Walk, was to raise money for Berkshire South’s free TONE (Teen Outreach Nutrition Exercise) program as well as other youth health & wellness programs. And for everyone to have a good time.

Steven Leonard from Berkshire South, who organized the race, waiting for runners to start. Photo: Marcie L. Setlow

According to Jenise Lucey, executive director of Berkshire South. “The TONE program is completely free for teens from 13-18. Not only does the program teach wellness and nutrition, but it also highlights self-care in an activity-driven time of life when self-care is often overlooked.”

Jenise Lucey, Berkshire South executive director, making running a family affair. With daughter Reese, 6 years old wearing #150, daughter Mallory, 8 years old wearing #148, and husband Mark Lucey, #148. Photo: Marcie L. Setlow

On Sunday morning, April 8, in weather cool enough to discourage all but the hearty, some 80 participants turned out on the runway of the airport to register at 8:00am and to start the race at 9:00. This is the 6th annual holding of this event, but the first at the airport, and the consensus was that this new route was the best so far – from the end of the runway, to Seekonk Cross Road, to Locust Hill Road, to Pumpkin Hollow Road, to Egremont Plain Road and back to the finish line at the airport. The panting runners and walkers, all of whom crossed the finish line (some sooner than others), were enthusiastic about the beauty of the route. Also, as they crossed the finish line, they were greeted by cheers and hugs and restorative refreshments provided by in-kind sponsors.

Runner #171 Melanie Williamson, who lives in Sheffield and who works in the bookstore at the Berkshire School, shaved her personal best in this race from 29 minutes to 27:54, no doubt due to the backing of son Adam, 9, with the sign, son James, 12, and husband Trevor. Photo: Marcie L. Setlow

Although everyone who turned out, including those who only stood and cheered, felt like a winner, prizes were given out to the following:

  • Luke Breslin, First Place Adult (Male) – a gift certificates for $50 from the Prairie Whale Restaurant;

Luke Breslin of Monterey comes in first and wins the prize in the Adult Male category. Photo: David Scribner

  • Rebecca Leonard, First Place Adult (Female) – a gift certificate for $50 from the Prairie Whale Restaurant;

Becky Leonard from Sparta, N.J,, and sister of Berkshire South’s race coordinator Steven Leonard, said she ran this race “because my brother’s making me do it.” And here she comes in first in the Adult Female category and second in the race overall.  Photo: David Edgecomb

  • Kevin Crozier, Second Place Adult (Male) – a $25 gift certificate from The BookLoft;
  • Helena Pfingst, Second Place Adult (Female) – a $25 gift certificate from The BookLoft;
  • Genevieve Syrett, winner of Youth Division (Ages 13-17) – a $30 Amazon gift card;
  • Lilly Haskins-Vaughan, First Place Children’s Division (Under 13) and third place in the race overall – a $30 gift certificate from Tom’s Toys;

Lily Haskins-Vaughan, 11 and a student at Monument Valley School, with her mother Elissa who works at Berkshire South and plays soccer at Berkshire Hills, came in first in the Child Category and third overall in the race. Photo: Marcie L. Setlow

  • Vincent Dragonetti, Second Place Children’s Division – a $20 gift certificate from Tom’s Toys
  • Eugene Kalish, Senior Division (Male) –a $50 Amazon gift card; and

Eugene Kalish won in the Senior (65+) Category. Photo: David Scribner

  • Nancy Graham, Senior Division (Female) – a $50 Amazon gift card.

Trey Hyde, 7 years old, from Ashley Falls, finishes his race. Photo: Marcie L. Setlow


Darcie Sosa, Marketing Manager at Berkshire South (left), and Wendy Miller, escort each other over the finish line. Photo: David Scribner

And the day’s event was supported by many local businesses.

  • NBT Bank at the $500 Advertising Sponsorship Level;
  • Allegrone Companies, Autobahn Service, Big Elm Brewing and Okerstrom-Lang Landscape Architects at the $250 Advertising Sponsorship Level;
  • Adelson & Company PC, Barnbrook Realty and Innovative Therapy Solutions at the $100 Advertising Sponsorship Level; and
  • Berkshire Aviation Enterprises, Berkshire Mountain Spring Water, Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe, Monterey T-Shirts, The Bookloft, The Great Barrington Bagel Co. and Deli, The Windflower Inn and Tom’s Toys as Event supporters & In-Kind Sponsors.

For a list of all participants, and their times, click here.

Tess Reed celebrates finishing the race with a bit of original choreography, while her daughter Jess Reed pulls ahead. Photo: David Scribner

Coming over the finish line, and claiming to be the oldest runners in the race with a collective age of 195 years, Lelia Bruun (left) and Ethel Patterson, Berkshire South board chair (right), flank Elaine Tenney who, at age 79, truly was the oldest participant. Tenney, a former product coordinator at Country Curtains, says she stays young through golf, walking, yard work and shopping. Photo: David Edgecomb.


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