New organizers to keep up tradition of Pedal 'N Plod race in Adams

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ADAMS — More than three decades of tradition will continue on Sunday as the 33rd Pedal 'N' Plod running and bicycling race gets underway.

An events planning committee that was in charge of organizing the race and other town events disbanded late last year, but private citizens including Myra Wilk, Carol Cushanette and Peter Lipka and members of the Western Massachusetts Athletic Club decided to step up and keep the race on the summer calendar.

"This is a longtime event, an event that brings people to town," Wilk told The Eagle. "We were happy to pick up the reins."

The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at St. Mark's Church on Commercial Street and will continue on River, Center, Summer, North Summer and Lime streets, then turn onto East Hoosac Street and conclude on Summer Street.

Cyclists will cover 22 miles from Center Street to Route 116 into Cheshire, continue along Wells Road and ride into Cheshire's town center. Then it's up the slight hill to the traffic light, take a right onto Route 8 and ride into Adams.

Registration will open at 7 a.m. race day at the Elks Hall, 63 Center St,, with a $40 fee for two-person race teams and a $30 fee for Iron Person registration.

There will be prizes awarded for the top three finishers in all categories.


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