On April 2, an event in Massachusetts’ Berkshire region will combine kayaking, cycling, running, obstacle course racing and skiing into a single race: the Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon.
The event is held annually in early April, during “Transition Season,” when there is still skiable surface, roads and trails are free of snow and can be run or biked on, and the Deerfield River is running freely to support kayaking.
This year’s pentathlon will be held Saturday, April 2, and will showcase the many outdoor activities available in the Charlemont, Massachusetts region. The race will start with a 2-mile kayak/canoe race down the Deerfield River and then transition to a 4.2-mile road/trail run. After that, participants will take on a 16-mile cycling leg followed by a 2-mile obstacle course. They then must climb 1,000 vertical feet to the summit of Berkshire East Ski Area – carrying their own gear – and then downhill ski or snowboard to the finish line.