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Annual Berkshire Health Systems Fourth of July Road Race held in Pittsfield

Steve Dowsett, 36, of Newburyport, Mass., finished first this year with a time of 15:59.

Pittsfield — It was a beautiful day for 1,021 runners who took part in the annual Berkshire Health Systems Fourth of July Road Race on Thursday, July 4. The 5K race wound its way through the downtown area of Pittsfield and right before the city’s Fourth of July Parade.

The organizer of this year’s race was the Berkshire Running Foundation, with proceeds from the race going towards behavioral health service programs at Berkshire Health Systems and to the organization who organizes the annual Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade.

There were 124 more runners than last year’s race, with Steve Dowsett, 36, of Newburyport, Mass., finishing first this year with a time of 15:59.

Jacob Paris, 22, of Pittsfield, came in second place. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.

Jacob Paris, 22, of Pittsfield, came in second place with a time of 16:10.

Ryan Graham, 21, of Contoocook, N.H., followed by Alex White, 22, of Dalton, and Mark Rabasco, 29, of Greenfield, Mass. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
Vincent Gauthier, 18, of Shelburne Falls, Mass. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.

Ryan Graham, 21, of Contoocook, N.H., came in third place with a time of 16:39, while Alex White, 22, of Dalton, came in fourth place with a time of 16:44.

Morgan Windram Gedd, 42, of Glendale. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.

The highest female finisher was Morgan Windram Gedd, 42, of Glendale, who came in with a time of 18:40.

The oldest finishers of the race were Bernard Mack and Allan Bates, both 75 years old and from Pittsfield. Mack finished with a time of 29:12, while Bates came in with a time of 25:04.

The youngest recorded runner in the race was five-year-old Jayden Whalen, of Pittsfield, with a time of 29:23.

Some of the many participants in the annual Berkshire Health Systems Fourth of July Road Race. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
The race took place right before the city’s annual Fourth of July Parade. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
Participation in the 5K race was up this year, with 1,021 runners taking part in the event. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson.
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