This year the Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon is going to the dogs (and cats and bunnies). The popular bike, paddle and run event in Berkshire County is virtual this year and is intended to be more of a community fundraiser for local charities than an athletic competition. For the first year, participants and teams in the Josh are encouraged to raise money for Berkshire Humane Society. “We are honored to be chosen as a charity the Josh supports,” said John Perreault, Executive Director of Berkshire Humane Society. “Our whole mission is about community – helping homeless animals and helping pet owners keep animals in their homes.

This year Josh teams have from August 15 to September 13 to complete the Josh anywhere and in any way they can. Details can be found at JoshBillings.com. Participants can raise money for Berkshire Humane Society by: 1) choosing it as the charity to which they donate their registration fee, 2) soliciting donations from their friends and family and 3) donating directly to Berkshire Humane Society’s Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon page at https://berkshirehumane.org/josh-billings/, where entrants have the option of creating their own donation page.

The Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon is named after humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw, a humorist born in Lanesborough, whose pen name was Josh Billings. Billings wrote folksy sayings such as “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”

See https://joshbillings.com/ for more information about the Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon.