The Black Birch Vineyard 10 Miler is proud to support The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
Since 1982, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been feeding our neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger. They distribute food and provide support to our member agencies in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. These independent pantries, meal sites and shelters are on the front lines of emergency food assistance in our region, playing a crucial role helping individuals, families, seniors and children.
Food Bank Fun Facts:
The mission of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger.
Every $1 donated can purchase 3 meals
We serve 223,000 people in the 4 counties of western Mass annually
We distributed 11.6 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 9.6 million meals – in 2018.
For more information, visit www.foodbankwma.org
This out and back course starts and finishes at Black Birch Vineyard and will be a favorite of runners from all ability levels. There is 498 ft. of climbing with endless scenery that includes rural roads, babbling brooks and rolling farmland. The first 1.7 miles will give you a flat warm-up on your way to the first climb into Whately alongside West Brook. From there you will make your way onto a beautiful dirt road section, the last climb of the day and the turnaround. The second half of the course will be fast, downhill and full of scenery as you make your way back to Black Birch Vineyard and the post race celebration!
2020 Registration will be opening soon! We can’t wait to see you again!
Black Birch Vineyard
108 Straits Road
20202 date TBD
Starts at 10:00 am
It all started with one run. Way back in 2015 Justin Killeen, owner of 50/50 Fitness Nutrition and Grant Ritter, a running obsessed Western MA native, met up for a casual 4 mile trail run. During the last climb of the day someone mentioned that the valley has so many amazing places to run yet so few half marathons and suddenly the Happy Valley Half Marathon was born. Since then Justin and Grant have continued improving the Happy Valley Half, they created the Fort Hill Brewery Half Marathon & 5K and they are now beyond excited to give you the Black Birch Vineyard 10 Miler.
We do this because we love the Pioneer Valley and we want to share it with you. Thank you for being what makes our events so special.
2020 date TBD
The valley has some of the best wines we have ever tasted and some of the best roads we have ever run on. This event combines both of those to give you a truly unique experience.
April 14, 2019
You know where Easthampton, MA is on the map but if you haven’t been there recently you are missing out on one of the most vibrant areas in New England. This course will show you what Easthampton is all about and the beer will be some of the best that you will find in Western MA or anywhere else for that matter!
October 20, 2019
This is the event that started it all. The course is truly beautiful with just enough challenge and all kinds of fun. We serve up a vibrant after party at the finish line in Look Park with beer, food trucks and music. We created this event because we loved running and now we love delivering this experience to you year after year.
From the vineyard:
Black Birch Vineyard is a boutique winery located in the farming-rich community of Hatfield, Massachusetts. We offer notable, award-winning wines using premium grapes harvested from vineyards in the Northeast. Established in 2012, our vineyard was founded on the belief that truly great wine should be an art form, requiring much more than lab specialists and computerized fermentation charts. Since 2012, we have created 5 award-winning wines using best grapes from the cooler Northeast region.