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1 day ago
Springside Park

Check out the Berkshire Mountain Bike Training Series being featured on the Mayor's Showcase. Big thanks to Mayor Tyer for her time and thoughts to help bring a spot light to Pittsfield's hidden gem that is Spring Side Park!
Please share to help spread the word about the great things going on in our local parks!!
Happy Trails!

Check out this great television episode all about the park! Thank you to Linda Tyer, Mayor for shining a spotlight on some of the wonderful things happening at Springside

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2 days ago
Fall Clean Up at Springside Park

Don't forget!
This Saturday is the annual Fall clean up at Spring Side!
Come out and where your Berkshire Mountain Bike Training Series shirt for a chance to win a gift card to you favorite local bike shop, Berkshire Bike and Board!!
We will be in the north Playground( where the races are held) be sure to stop by!

The Friends of Springside Park will hold its annual Fall Clean Up on Saturday, Sep. 23 from 9:00 am to 3 pm. Meeting places at Rotary Playground on Springside Ave and at the North Playground behind Reid Middle School. The rain date is set for the next day, Sunday, Sep 24, at the same time and place.

Volunteers are asked to come at any time during the day and to bring gloves if possible. Gloves and bags will also be provided.

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1 week ago
Bike With Healers

Don't miss out on more amazing events happening at Spring Side Park!

Our mission is to encourage healthy physical and psychological activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary, stressed and indoor lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of Berkshire County.

Throughout history, generations of patients complied silently to medical professional orders representing the traditional patient-provider relationship where the provider was perceived as the “knower” of the patient. The medical model of health worked to sustain these efforts as medical knowledge became more pervasive, rendering patients’ bodies, minds and hearts docile to the influence of institutionalized education, residential training, and technological advancements. The effect represses patient autonomy potentially lending itself to foreclosing substantial, transformative change. Change, however, is possible on both ends of the patient-provider relationship. Patients are capable of becoming empowered. Just as, clinicians are capable of caring.

Caring for a patient nowadays is challenging. These challenges are exacerbated, in part, by a healthcare system that limits access, quality, costs, and resources to healthcare services. This is especially true for at-risk populations. Practitioners are seeing more patients than ever before in a shorter amount of time. In spite of this, there are a number of practitioners who use their Saturday mornings to hike and talk about health with community members and other concerned practitioners. Hike participants and practitioners are creating alternate routes for how we conceive of the patient-provider relationship and reduce work fatigue. For them, these relationships are partnerships based upon the mutual exchange of information that take into account localized, health histories informing major medical decisions and the adoption of health behaviors.

Bike With Healers was created by Eric Krawczyk, a licensed mental health counselor, certified forest therapy guide and the developer of Nature Treatment, a commnity health initiative based in Berkshire County.

Bike With Healers invites champion health practitioners to headline a monthly bike ride in various local parks.

Bike With Healers offers a space for community members to interact with healthcare providers and each other while engaging in meaningful discussions about assessment options, treatment choices, the management of diseases, prevention of illnesses, and preservation of wellness.

Bike rides range from 1-2 hrs long and includes an introduction and overview of the guest "Healer's" specialities. In biking and talking with a practitioner there is a relationship formed around care that is much richer than the traditional relationships providers have within the confines of the current healthcare system. These experiences of biking and talking enliven the patient-provider relationship where participants begin to see and understand their health differently achieving what was once thought impossible.

WHO'S THE GUEST HEALER:
Dr. Stephen Alsdorf is a family doctor in general private practice in Pittsfield. He studied medicine at the University of Massachusetts (Worcester) and did his residency at Boston University. He is a passionate trail runner, backcountry skier and cyclist who is dedicated to helping his patients access the healing potential of nature and their own bodies.

WHERE TO MEET:
In the gardens behind the historic Springside House at Hebert Arboretum. There are bathrooms across from the greenhouse.

DIRECTIONS:
From the North:
Route 7 south to Pittsfield. The Arboretum is located just past Reid Middle School on the left.

From the South:
Route 7 north to Pittsfield. Stay on Route 7 through the downtown area. The Arboretum is located just north of downtown on the right hand side of the road, second right after Springside Avenue and just before Reid Middle School.

From the East:
Route 9 west into Pittsfield. Follow signs for Route 7 north. At the intersection of Route 9 and Route 7, take a right to stay on Route 7 north. The Arboretum is located just north of downtown on the right hand side of the road, second right after Springside Avenue and just before Reid Middle School.

From the West:
Route 20 into Pittsfield, then follow signs for Route 7 north. Stay on Route 7 through the downtown area. The Arboretum is located just north of downtown on the right hand side of the road, second right after Springside Avenue and just before Reid Middle School.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
The Hebert Arboretum is a living tree library located within one of Pittsfield's premier city resources, Springside Park. Encompassing 231 acres within the city, the park is a unique sanctuary for plant and animal life.

This will be a mountain bike event on dirt roads and singletrack trail in the vast network of trails in the park. We will follow a course used during week 5 of this year's MTB Training Series race http://www.berkshiremtb.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017_berkshire_mtb_course_week_5.jpg We will stay together unless we have MTB guides who can lead smaller groups based on interest and ability levels.

Our sponsors Berkshire Bike and Board have a small inventory of very nice rental mountain bikes available for this event at a reduced rate. Please contact the Pittsfield stores to check on pricing and availability. Just mention that you are attending our event.

http://berkshirebikeandboard.com/

Members of the Berkshire MTB nonprofit www.berkshireMTB.com and the Berkshire Mountain Biking community will be on hand to assist with inspecting, fitting and instructing participants in how to have a safe and enjoyable ride. Please note that all support is volunteer and in no way should be considered liable for the information and assistance offered. Participants are expected to be responsible for the safety of their experience.

Rainy Weather:
The bike will still be on if it's raining, unless it is a violent storm or prolonged downpour. If it is raining it's important to have layers to put on or take off so a pack of some kind is recommended. If we need to take cover during a thunderstorm we will head indoors or under cover, but if it’s not thundering, we will just stay outside.

1. Lite Rain/Showers – Ride event as planned
2. All day/Soaked Trails – decision made on Friday by 7:00 pm
Reroute ride to less delicate trails/roads with in park
3. Lightning within 5 miles:
Prior to start – postpone events 15 minutes, brief participants,
seek shelter in hard topped vehicles. Cancel events if
lightning is still within 5 miles 15 minutes later
During ride – take shortest known trail back to safety


Cold Weather:
Please wear appropriate cycling clothing for the temperature and bring extra layers to stay warm. Bring water or a thermos with a hot drink. I suggest you bring one more warm layer than you think you will need. We will be moving at a pace that keeps us all together, but can split up into ability groups. Bring anything else you may want to be warm and comfortable outdoors (gloves, hat, neck warmer, etc.). Again, think in terms of wearing one more layer than you think you’ll need.

If you have any questions or need to contact me before the hike , please call or text me at 413-591-9355. Signal may be spotty there so it may not be possible to communicate with us after 9:00am.

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1 week ago
Fall Clean Up at Springside Park

Save the date!!
This years fall clean up, come out and help us clean up the park we live and use so much!!
See everyone there!

The Friends of Springside Park will hold its annual Fall Clean Up on Saturday, Sep. 23 from 9:00 am to 3 pm. Meeting places at Rotary Playground on Springside Ave and at the North Playground behind Reid Middle School. The rain date is set for the next day, Sunday, Sep 24, at the same time and place.

Volunteers are asked to come at any time during the day and to bring gloves if possible. Gloves and bags will also be provided.

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3 weeks ago
Jeff

Did you know this series is run 100% on donations?

This year we had two HUGE steps forward"

#1 We are now an official Not For Profit and therefor ALL donations are 100% Tax Deductible

#2 We invested almost $2500 in the electronic timing system. Honestly we would not have been able to handle the number and speed of the racers coming through the finish line any other way! I think everyone can agree this is a HUGE benefit.

It takes well over 25 (wo)man hours each and every week to make this event a success.

You can help ensure we are back next year. All you have to do is go to http://www.berkshiremtb.com/about/ and scroll 1/2 way down and DONATE to the race series..........

Please help ensure that we are able to continue doing this great race series next year!

Also we have an anonymous donor who is going to match dollar for dollar up to $100 of donations received BEFORE the Saturday Race Final this Saturday!!
So a $10 donation turns into $20!!!!

We never charge anything to race or ride and we are now asking for your help to keep our series going!

Thank you for your donations, we can't do it with out your help!

Jeff Kellogg
Treasure BMBTS
An IRS "Not For Profit"

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1 month ago
Photos from Berkshire Mountain Bike Training Series's post

Working on some new obstacle for the series finale!

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1 month ago
2017 Season Finale

TIME TO RACE……..for the last time🏁🚵🚵‍♀️💨

This years Season Finale will be on SATURDAY AUG, 26TH. Moving the date up a few days allows more time for the Last Special Event...

The Pot Luck Cook Out 🍔🍉🌭and Awards Ceremony🥇🥈🥉


PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE IN ALL RACE TIMES‼️
Event Schedule:
•2:30-Balance Bike/ Training Wheel Class
•2:45- Kids race
•3:15-4:30- All Race Classes Time Trial Race
(Racers will race 1 at a time, completing only 1 Lap.Lining up with the 4 Lap riders first, racers will leave in 15 second intervals)
•5:00-Pot Luck cook out
•6:00-Series Awards
•6:30 Raffle

This week’s course will be the same as Week 1’s, our first race, but in a Time Trail Format (one lap on your own against the clock). Comparing the lap time will determine our most improved rider.

As I mentioned we will be having a Potluck Awards Party after the event please help us out, Berkshire Bike and Board will be providing all the meats, buns and condiments but we will need sides, desserts, drinks and paper goods.
If your last name begins with:
A-H please bring a side
I-P please bring a desert
Q-U please bring drinks
V-Z please bring paper goods and plastic silverware.
We also need tables and chairs so please bring extras if you can.

We will also be pulling the raffle tickets, you must be present to win. Giant Bicycles came through AGAIN this yea big time!

THANK YOU EVERYONE who donated this year, in addition to the generous donations by our sponsors your donations have allowed us to make drastic improvements to the race series. Please don't stop just because the race season is over. Donations received on the 26th are what gives us the seed money to operate next year.

Series T-Shirts are on Sale!!!
2017 Shirts: 10$ each or 2 for 15$
2015/16 Shirts: 5$ each

Race Tip of The Week: HAVE FUN (bring bug spray)

Can't wait to see everyone there!!

-BMBTS Staff

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1 month ago
2017 Season Finale

TIME TO RACE……..for the last time🏁🚵🚵‍♀️💨

This years Season Finale will be on SATURDAY AUG, 26TH. Moving the date up a few days allows more time for the Last Special Event...

The Pot Luck Cook Out 🍔🍉🌭and Awards Ceremony🥇🥈🥉


PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE IN ALL RACE TIMES‼️
Event Schedule:
•2:30-Balance Bike/ Training Wheel Class
•2:45- Kids race
•3:15-4:30- All Race Classes Time Trial Race
(Racers will race 1 at a time, completing only 1 Lap.Lining up with the 4 Lap riders first, racers will leave in 15 second intervals)
•5:00-Pot Luck cook out
•6:00-Series Awards
•6:30 Raffle

This week’s course will be the same as Week 1’s, our first race, but in a Time Trail Format (one lap on your own against the clock). Comparing the lap time will determine our most improved rider.

As I mentioned we will be having a Potluck Awards Party after the event please help us out, Berkshire Bike and Board will be providing all the meats, buns and condiments but we will need sides, desserts, drinks and paper goods.
If your last name begins with:
A-H please bring a side
I-P please bring a desert
Q-U please bring drinks
V-Z please bring paper goods and plastic silverware.
We also need tables and chairs so please bring extras if you can.

We will also be pulling the raffle tickets, you must be present to win. Giant Bicycles came through AGAIN this yea big time!

THANK YOU EVERYONE who donated this year, in addition to the generous donations by our sponsors your donations have allowed us to make drastic improvements to the race series. Please don't stop just because the race season is over. Donations received on the 26th are what gives us the seed money to operate next year.

Series T-Shirts are on Sale!!!
2017 Shirts: 10$ each or 2 for 15$
2015/16 Shirts: 5$ each

Race Tip of The Week: HAVE FUN (bring bug spray)

Can't wait to see everyone there!!

-BMBTS Staff

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1 month ago
2017 Season Finale

TIME TO RACE……..for the last time🏁🚵🚵‍♀️💨

This years Season Finale will be on SATURDAY AUG, 26TH. Moving the date up a few days allows more time for the Last Special Event...

The Pot Luck Cook Out 🍔🍉🌭and Awards Ceremony🥇🥈🥉


PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE IN ALL RACE TIMES‼️
Event Schedule:
•2:30-Balance Bike/ Training Wheel Class
•2:45- Kids race
•3:15-4:30- All Race Classes Time Trial Race
(Racers will race 1 at a time, completing only 1 Lap.Lining up with the 4 Lap riders first, racers will leave in 15 second intervals)
•5:00-Pot Luck cook out
•6:00-Series Awards
•6:30 Raffle

This week’s course will be the same as Week 1’s, our first race, but in a Time Trail Format (one lap on your own against the clock). Comparing the lap time will determine our most improved rider.

As I mentioned we will be having a Potluck Awards Party after the event please help us out, Berkshire Bike and Board will be providing all the meats, buns and condiments but we will need sides, desserts, drinks and paper goods.
If your last name begins with:
A-H please bring a side
I-P please bring a desert
Q-U please bring drinks
V-Z please bring paper goods and plastic silverware.
We also need tables and chairs so please bring extras if you can.

We will also be pulling the raffle tickets, you must be present to win. Giant Bicycles came through AGAIN this yea big time!

THANK YOU EVERYONE who donated this year, in addition to the generous donations by our sponsors your donations have allowed us to make drastic improvements to the race series. Please don't stop just because the race season is over. Donations received on the 26th are what gives us the seed money to operate next year.

Series T-Shirts are on Sale!!!
2017 Shirts: 10$ each or 2 for 15$
2015/16 Shirts: 5$ each

Race Tip of The Week: HAVE FUN (bring bug spray)

Can't wait to see everyone there!!

-BMBTS Staff

TIME TO RACE……..for the last time🏁🚵🚵‍♀️💨

This years Season Finale will be on SATURDAY AUG, 26TH. Moving the date up a few days allows more time for the Last Special Event...

The Pot Luck Cook Out 🍔🍉🌭and Awards Ceremony🥇🥈🥉


PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE IN ALL RACE TIMES‼️
Event Schedule:
•2:30-Balance Bike/ Training Wheel Class
•2:45- Kids race
•3:15-4:30- All Race Classes Time Trial Race
(Racers will race 1 at a time, completing only 1 Lap.Lining up with the 4 Lap riders first, racers will leave in 15 second intervals)
•5:00-Pot Luck cook out
•6:00-Series Awards
•6:30 Raffle

This week’s course will be the same as Week 1’s, our first race, but in a Time Trail Format (one lap on your own against the clock). Comparing the lap time will determine our most improved rider.

As I mentioned we will be having a Potluck Awards Party after the event please help us out, Berkshire Bike and Board will be providing all the meats, buns and condiments but we will need sides, desserts, drinks and paper goods.
If your last name begins with:
A-H please bring a side
I-P please bring a desert
Q-U please bring drinks
V-Z please bring paper goods and plastic silverware.
We also need tables and chairs so please bring extras if you can.

We will also be pulling the raffle tickets, you must be present to win. Giant Bicycles came through AGAIN this yea big time!

THANK YOU EVERYONE who donated this year, in addition to the generous donations by our sponsors your donations have allowed us to make drastic improvements to the race series. Please don't stop just because the race season is over. Donations received on the 26th are what gives us the seed money to operate next year.

Series T-Shirts are on Sale!!!
2017 Shirts: 10$ each or 2 for 15$
2015/16 Shirts: 5$ each

Race Tip of The Week: HAVE FUN (bring bug spray)

Can't wait to see everyone there!!

-BMBTS Staff

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1 month ago
Berkshire Bike and Board

Don't miss the demo this weekend!

Be sure to not miss out on this visit from our good buddy Jeff Lenosky at the GB Bike and Fly!

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