Our Opinion: RunAground's happy return to Bowl

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The Josh Billings RunAground is a stalwart Berkshire tradition, and in its 43rd running on Sunday the event regained a key component of that tradition that had been lost for a year: The Stockbridge Bowl.

The paddling site for last year's RunAground was Richmond Pond because of a toxic algae bloom in the Bowl, and while the Pond served well, the Bowl was missed by competitors and spectators alike. "It was great for option No. 2," said veteran competitor Tim Minkler. "But [Stockbridge Bowl] is the place to be." ("Return to Bowl a boon for competitors," Eagle, Sept. 16.) The Bowl has several fine vantage points for spectators watching canoeists, kayakers and paddleboarders on the five-mile circuit of the lake, and with the paddlers, cyclists and runners meeting on the shore for hand-offs to teammates there is plenty of drama unfolding before spectators.

Perhaps, Mother Nature showed her approval for the return to the Bowl by giving everyone a spectacular late summer day in the Berkshires for participating, spectating and finally celebrating on the nearby Tanglewood grounds.



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