Undeterred by the Boston marathon bombings, participants and organizers of the Memorial Day Weekend marathon in the Berkshires are looking to make it bigger than in previous years. Organizers of the race are working with local police departments to beef up security in response to the April 15th bombings. They are still expecting about fourteen hundred participants—up from 650 in 2010, the race’s first year. The marathon winds through Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Lenox, beginning and ending on the Tanglewood grounds. Among the runners will be some who entered this year’s Boston Marathon but were unable to finish it, according to race organizer Matt Linick.
“We, on our behalf, did a 50 percent registration discount for anyone who didn’t finish because of the bombings. So we’ve had quite a few people take advantage of that, too.”
The event will include a moment of silence to commemorate the bombings, and a fundraising sale of Boston Strong bracelets; the Berkshire Bank Foundation will match up to $10,000, earmarked for the One Fund. Linick says the event is getting a robust response in advance, despite heightened security concerns.
“We have people coming from thirty states, Denmark, Israel and Canada for the races.”
The event is a weekend-long series of races, capped by the full marathon and a mini-music festival at Tanglewood on May 26th.