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Independence Day Road Race Canceled for 2020
10:09AM / Thursday, May 21, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Following the announcement that the 2020 Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade has been cancelled, the organizers of the BMC Independence Day Run, a very popular 5K run held just before the parade kicks off, have decided to cancel the event.

This would have been the 35th anniversary of the Independence Day Run, which raises funds to benefit Berkshire Medical Center.

Organizers of the Independence Day Run cite the ongoing caution surrounding COVID-19 and the continuing need for social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus in the Berkshires.

The event is being planned for 2021 and it is hoped conditions at that time will allow for the continuation of this

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National High School Federation Offers Guidance on Return of Sports
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:45PM / Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Do not expect this spring to be the last high school sports season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   That is the sobering takeaway from a 14-page report issued Tuesday by the National Federation of High School Associations in Indianopolis.   The national group's Sports Medicine Advisory Committee wrote the report to advise the NFHS' 51 member state associations as they think about a phased return to interscholastic athletics in consultation with state health departments.   "It is important to be clear that this is guidance for individual states to consider as they return to activities this fall," NFHS Executive Director Karissa

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Springfield Hockey Co-op Opens Opportunity for PHS Girls
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:46AM / Saturday, May 16, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — High school sports is a major time commitment for a teenager.   It is even greater when you have to commute.   But Pittsfield High freshman Kellie Harrington is looking forward to next winter having the chance to do just that, as a member of a newly formed cooperative girls hockey team at Springfield's Pope Francis Preparatory School.   "There will be logistics we have to work out," Harrington said last week. "Hopefully, another girl [from PHS] will play, and we can carpool.   "As a family, me and my brother both play hockey. He plays club hockey out of Springfield. It is a lot. It's really stressful. You get to a

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