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The 41st annual Josh Billings Triathlon will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Josh Billings RunAground Set for Sunday, Sept. 17

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LENOX, Mass. — The 41st annual Josh Billings Triathlon will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17.

The race starts in Great Barrington and ends at Tanglewood in Lenox with a 27-mile bike ride, a 5-mile canoe, kayak, or paddleboard sprint, and a 6-mile run.

The Josh, which began in 1977, has been a fixture in Berkshire County ever since. Proceeds from the event benefit Berkshire United Way. Over the past decade, the Josh Billings has contributed over $70,000 to the organization in support of their mission to build a stronger community.

"The Josh is all about teamwork and community. In that spirt, Berkshire United Way is honored to invest proceeds back into the Berkshires to help thousands of children, teens and families build a stronger future," said Jenn Kerwood, vice president of development at Berkshire United Way.

"It's always a pleasure to be able to support Berkshire United Way and the good work they do in our community," said Patty Spector, Josh Billings race director. "It's a pleasure to have the Berkshire United Way involved in the Josh as the volunteers for the free Kids Race.  It shows that the BUW really gets involved in the community and appreciates our support."

The Josh Kids Race, which is open to all children aged 5-14, regardless of whether their parents/guardians are participating in the Josh, will return again this year.  Kids race participants can register ahead of time from 12-3 at the Arcadian Shop on Saturday, Sept. 16, or from noon to 1 p.m. or between noon and 1 p.m. on Sunday at Tanglewood; just look for the Berkshire United Way tent.

The Josh Matchmaker is looking for recreational paddlers to complete teams.  If you or someone you know is interested, please send an email. In addition, teams and singles of all capabilities are encouraged to participate.To register or find more information on the Josh Billings RunAground, visit the website.

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