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Kinney, Grout Win Steel Rail Races Marathon

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Lenox's Sarah Kinney and New York's Derek Grout Sunday were the winners of the Steel Rail Races marathon.
 
Kinney finished in a time of 3 hours, 42.11 seconds to place fifth overall.
 
Grout of Lebanon Springs, N.Y., was the first marathoner across the finish line, clocking a time of 3:08:51, 11 minutes ahead of runner-up Teddy Millot of Oradell, N.J.
 
The marathon was one of three races conducted by the Berkshire Running Center on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail through Pittsfield, Lanesborough, Cheshire and Adams.
 
Williamstown's Dusty Lopez won the half marathon in a time of 1:18:28, five minutes ahead of Pittsfield's Mark Rabasco (1:23:51).
 
The top woman in the half marathon was Clarksburg's Miranda Bona, who placed fifth overall in a time of 1:41:04.
 
Dan Brooks won the events 8-kilometer race in 33:56, a little less than two minutes ahead of Williamstown's Ian Nesbitt (35:43).
 
The top woman in the 8K race was Pittsfield's Kimberly Perkins, who crossed the finish line in 37:54.
 
Nearly 500 racers competed in the three races.
 
Complete race results are available here.
 
 
Marathon Top 10
1. Derek Grout, Lebanon Springs, N.Y., 3:08:51; 2. Teddy Millot, Oradell, N.J., 3:20:26; 3. George Zhao, Wilton, Conn., 3:22:36; 4. Zachary Sage, Ellington, Conn., 3:28:31; 5. Sarah Kinney, Lenox, 3:42:11; 6. Biao Chen, Jamesville, N.Y., 3:42:28; 7. Hannah Kinney, Lenox, 3:43:07; 8. Jon Bakija, Williamstown, 3:43:08; 9. Kristin Loiko, 3:43:15; 10. Amanda Chilson, North Adams, 3:44:01.
 
Half Marathon Top 10
1. Dusty Lopez, Williamstown, 1:18:28; 2. Mark Rabasco, Pittsfield, 1:23:51; 3. Zack Livingston, Shelburne Falls, 1:29:05; 4. Aidan Garcia, 1:37:01; 5. Miranda Bona, Clarksburg, 1:41:04; 6. Lara Denmark, Pittsfield, 1:41:19; 7. David Grout, Valatia, N.Y., 1:41:26; 8. Christian Locke, Williamstown, 1:43:16; 9. Zak Smetana, Glendale, 1:44:34; 10. Alex Perenick, 1:44:55.
 
8K Top 10
1. Dan Brooks, 33:56; 2. Ian Nesbitt, Williamstown, 35:43; 3. Jake Paris, Pittsfield, 36:36; 4. Nathan Backer, Pittsfield, 37:05; 5. Dan Whitehead, Great Barrington, 37:40; 6. Kimberly Perkins, Pittsfield, 37:54; 7. Justin Casey, Pittsfield, 38:33; 8. Heather Perkins, Pittsfield, 39:05; 9. Matthew Puntin, Lee, 39:38; 10. Blaine Freadman, Pittsfield, 39:58.
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General Dynamics Seeks Small-Business Connections

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Congressman Neal says there are more than 133,000 Massachusetts residents employed by small businesses in the state. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — General Dynamics Mission Systems gathered around 75 small businesses and professional organizations at the Berkshire Innovation Center on Monday for a day of making connections.

The event titled "Innovating for The Future" sought to expand the company's supply chain in the state and further GD's relationship with the community by strengthening the local industrial sector.  

"I think one of our main objectives today is to make connections. Make connections between General Dynamics and all of the folks we have here representing the various companies, we have several of the General Dynamics companies represented," Vice President of Supply Chain Management Ann Rusher said.

"So getting our message out as to what our needs are and what would be important for small businesses to be able to support us and making the connections than with the small business, what are their capabilities and where do they want to go, everyone's on their own respective growth journeys, and then how do we make the connection so that we can follow up and actually find ways to work together and to help each other and collaborate on the hard problems that we are facing right now."

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