PITTSFIELD — It seemed only fitting that the first Independence Day 5-kilometer road race since 2019 would have a first-time winner.

Steve Dowsett, who finished second in 2016 and has been in the top 10 every year since 2011, finally won his first Berkshire Health Systems Independence Day 5K.


Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6253.


Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass., he has been with the Eagle since 1988, and is a member of the New England Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame.