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Adams Pedal & Plod Road Race Returns for 34th Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 athletes will be running and pedaling there way through Adams on Sunday for 22-mile Pedal and Plod Race. 
 
The event returns for 34th year and organizers hope to attract even more bikers and runners this year. Some 90 two-person teams and another 40 individual "Iron Person" participated last year. 
 
"We hope to attract more participants," organizer Carol Cushenette said. "We have done more marketing and added online registration." 
 
Runners will start near the Town Common and run 4.4 miles to Lime, East and East Hoosac before returning; bikers will pedal a 22-mile loop through Adams and Cheshire along Routes 8 and 116.
 
Cushenette said the race has always been a perfect fit for Adams.
 
"Our community offers a unique venue for recreational and outdoor activities," she said. "Our bike trail, Mount Greylock, Berkshire Scenic Railway, the Mount Greylock Ramble, Thunderfest and Ramblefest to name a few."
 
She added that it is important to continue holding events that have become cornerstones in the community. Volunteers have been picking up events like the Pedal and Plod since the demise of the Events Committee. 
 
"Our race is a unique and challenging one ... Participants range from 12-year-olds to folks in their 80s," she said. "It is important to us to maintain and engage others to share in those activities. The Pedal and Plod attracts participants from many different areas of the country as well as our local athletes."
 
Online registration is closed, but same-day registration is $35 Iron Person, $45 two-person team. Registration and bib pickup for registered attendees is Sunday morning at the Elks Club on Center Street beginning at 7 a.m.
 
The race begins at 8:30 a.m.
 
Categories are ages 18 and younger; 19-30; 31-50; 51-60; 61-70, and Masters for those age 70 and older. 
 
Prizes will be awarded for Overall Team Finishers, Overall Iron Man, Overall Iron Woman, and top three finishers in each category, determined by youngest member of a team.
 
Cushenette urged people to compete or just come to cheer on the athletes. 
 
"We want people to participate or just celebrate the participants and enjoy the day in our town," she said. 
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