PITTSFIELD, MASS. >> The Berkshire Healthcare Harvest Run will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 15, on the scenic cross-country trails at Paterson Field House at Berkshire Community College (BCC).

The event begins with a 5K trail run including a three-person relay race for those interested, followed by a one-mile Kids' Race at 10:45 a.m. and a free community cookout offered by Berkshire Healthcare affiliates. All proceeds will benefit the Berkshire Community College nursing program.

To register online or for further information, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/harvestrun, or call 413-236-2185. Printable registration forms are also available. Runners may check in on the day of the race beginning at 8:30 a.m.

There will be a "Round the World" dish competition among affiliates of Berkshire Healthcare Systems including Hillcrest Commons, Williamstown Commons, North Adams Commons, Mt. Greylock Extended Care, Kimball Farms, Fairview Commons and Linda Manor Care Campus (Leeds). The public is invited to sample the entries featuring foods from Germany, France, Greece, Brazil, Poland and Mexico.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female 5K finishers and to the top three relay teams. The top three male and female finishers in seven age categories will also be recognized. Ribbons and cider doughnuts will be awarded to all one-mile finishers. Runners are encouraged to bring family members to enjoy the free cookout.


Online registration is $25 for all adult racers until Friday, October 14, after which it will be $30. Race day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at BCC's Paterson Field House. The first 150 runners to register for the 5K will receive a free long-sleeve technical shirt. Youth T-shirts – a short-sleeve technical shirt - can be purchased for an additional $5.

The Harvest Run's lead sponsor is Berkshire Healthcare Systems, Inc. with additional support from the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank and Berkshire Gas Company. Other race sponsors include: Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, Crescent Creamery, David H. Dunlap & Associates, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Macfarlane Office Products, Mass Mutual Financial Group, McKesson, The Petricca Family, Pittsfield Pipers and The Roche Associates.

Berkshire Healthcare is a leader among not-for-profit, post-acute care organizations in Massachusetts, and owns or operates 14 rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts; Kimball Farms Life Care, a continuing care retirement community in Lenox, Mass.; Linda Manor Assisted Living in Northampton; and HospiceCare in The Berkshires and Hospice of Franklin County (Greenfield) for those with life-limiting illnesses. Berkshire Healthcare's skilled nursing centers provide around-the-clock nursing care and patient-centered rehabilitation services, short-term rehabilitation, and post-acute and long-term care. Berkshire Healthcare is managed by an affiliate of Berkshire Health Systems, the leading provider of comprehensive health care services in the Berkshires. For more information visit www.berkshirehealthcare.org.

Berkshire Community College (BCC) is a public, fully accredited, community college offering associate degree and certificate programs, as well as various other educational opportunities, primarily to the residents of Berkshire County and surrounding areas. Visit BCC online at www.berkshirecc.edu.