Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon: Tips for the best spectator spots to cheer


It's a rite of passage for Berkshire County and area athletes to compete in the three-part team race every fall. But if you're not inclined to run, paddle or bike, you can still get in on the fun and support the community of athletes, too. Here are some of the best spots to stake out on Sunday. The race starts at 9:30 a.m.

Safety first: Before you set up your folding chairs for the day, make sure you are in a designated area to watch, keeping a safe distance. Some areas will have caution tape for you to stay behind.

Transitions: Watching the transitions from one event to the next are the best spots to catch the action. For the bike-to-paddle switch, go to the Stockbridge Bowl Boat Ramp. For paddle-to-run, visit Camp Mah-Kee-Nac on Hawthorne Road.

Paddle: The best spot to see the five-mile paddle around Stockbridge Bowl is at a waterfront property — but if you don't know anyone so lucky to have such real estate, go to Camp Mah-Kee-Nac.

Bike: Cheer racers at the start of the race by lining along the streets of Great Barrington.

Run: Help the runners push to the finish line by surrounding Tanglewood's main entrance and cheering.

Parking: If you want to watch from the boat launch or the camp, you need to park in Tanglewood's Lions Gate lot and walk. Just think, a short stroll is no big deal compared to a triathlon!

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