The 33rd Annual Great Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon lays claim to being the second oldest canoe triathlon in the world. You can participate or spectate this unique event of endurance and balance this Sunday, Sept. 13. The triathlon entails a 27 mile scenic and challenging bike from Great Barrington to Stockbridge Bowl, followed by a 5 mile canoe or kayak around the lake, and finishes with a 6 mile run from Camp Mah-Kee-Nac into Tanglewood. Following the race is the famous Josh "Bash'' at Tanglewood with a live band, food, and awards. The 11th annual free Kid's Fun Run takes place at Tanglewood for kids 5-12 years old.
So who is this Billings guy anyway? Josh Billings is the pen name of Henry Wheeler Shaw who was born in Lanesboro, Mass., on April 12, 1818. Billings was a renowned humorist in his day, and became widely known for his Yankee "one-liners" and peculiar, phonetic spelling. One of his sayings, "To finish is to win" is the motto of the RunAground and one of the reasons the event was named for him. Check out online or call 413-637-6913 for more information, registration or schedule.
Photo credit Kevin Sprague