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DISCOVER the valley

Join us for the inaugural Black Birch Vineyard 10 Mile Race! Set in the rural farm rich community of Hatfield, Massachusetts is a boutique winery serving authentic, hand-pressed signature wines. This race is brought to you by the creators of the Happy Valley Half Marathon & 5K and Fort Hill Brewery Half Marathon & 5K

 

The Black Birch Vineyard 10 Miler is proud to support The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

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About 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

The Course

A stunning early Spring landscape, long winding country roads, a few challenging (but fun) hills and a refreshing glass of wine waiting for you in a picturesque setting. This ten mile race kicks off at Black Birch Vineyard and takes you on a tour of two quaint New England towns. The course is suitable for all ability levels. It’s positioned two-weeks after the Saint Patrick’s Day 10K and two-weeks before the Fort Hill Brewery Half Marathon, as you look to plan your early Spring season. There will be a 3-hour time limit to complete the course.

Event Details 

The 2019 Black Birch Vineyard 10 Miler takes place on March 31, 2019.

Wine Glasses

All finishers will receive a beautifully designed, elegant Black Birch wine glass and a free pour courtesy of the Vineyard, to commemorate your experience.

Awards

Top male and female half marathon finishers will receive a $150 cash prize.

Second place finishers will receive a $100 cash prize.

Third place finishers will receive a $50 cash prize.

The first place finishers in each age group will also receive a prize. 

Post-Race Celebration

The post race celebration will be happening at the award-winning Black Birch Vineyard. Finishers will receive a free pour and additional wine will be available for purchase. We will also be serving up a variety of food to compliment your wine, while listening to live music.

Packet Pick-up

Bib pick-up will take place at 50/50 Fitness/Nutrition (231 Russell St.) in Hadley, MA. You can pick-up your packet on Saturday, March 30th, from 11AM-2PM. If we do not sell out, same day registration and bib pick-up will be from 8:30-9:30AM on race day. Please email info@5050fitnessnutrition.com with any questions.

Parking

Parking will be available along Straits road, next to the Black Birch Vineyard. Additional parking is available at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Additional parking instructions will be sent out via email, prior to race day.

Location/Time

The race starts start and stops at Black Birch Vineyard. 108 Straits Road, Hatfield, MA

The race starts at 10 am. 

Porta Potties and Aid Stations

We will have aid stations every 2-3 miles with water and electrolyte beverages. Porta potties will be at the start/finish area.

  


Course Description 

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!

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Sign up now to experience some of the valley’s best wines and most scenic roads!

 

Location

Black Birch Vineyard

108 Straits Road

Hatfield, MA

WHEN

March 31, 2019

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.

Black Birch Vineyard 10 Miler

March 31, 2019

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.

Fort Hill Brewery Half Marathon & 5K

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!

Happy Valley Half Marathon & 5k

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.

 
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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.

 

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