Berkshire Running Center announces Fire Cracker 5K on July 4, 2021
Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer announced the cancellation of the city’s July 4 parade for the second year in a row, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move was met with mixed reviews as local officials continued to navigate the reopening process.
While many are disappointed to miss the floats, marching bands and marching band that line the downtown parade loop, many residents (and visitors) were equally disappointed with the cancellation of the annual Independence Day 5k. which usually precedes the parade. Each year, around 900 runners take part in the race which kicks off the day’s festivities under the encouragement of spectators lining the course. Runners of all ages and skill levels compete dressed in their best red, white and blue and it really is a fun way to start the day.
Hearing the call to action, the Berkshire Running Center stepped in and created the 2021 Firecracker 5K to satiate runners who need a pre-picnic fun on the morning of the 4th. no one will start at Nesacuss Middle School in Dalton with a start time at 8 am to help the runner beat the heat.
Registrations are now open online or runners can register on race day from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. The first 200 registered runners will receive a free hat. Race day bib pickup will be at the Berkshire Running Center at 34 Depot St., Pittsfield on July 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We met Shiobbean Lemme who owns the Berkshire Running Center with hubsand Kent and she said this:
“We are delighted that the restrictions have been lifted for road races and we did not want to miss another race on July 4. The town of Dalton and Dalton Police Chief Deanna Strout were great in helping us to plan a safe and fun race, we hope to see everyone there ”