The Bridge of Flowers Classic Races is partnering with five local charities to give back to their community.  The Races, to be held on Saturday, August 12th in Shelburne Falls, MA, will work the following charities to fundraise and raise awareness of their causes:  The Academy of Charlemont - Charlemont; The Art Garden – Shelburne Falls; Cancer Connection -  Northampton; Dial/Self of Franklin County; and Friends of Children – Hadley.  In addition, the charities will receive a portion of the net proceeds from the event and use the race’s resources to collect pledges and develop volunteers.  The race’s 10K Classic and the Steve Lewis Subaru 3K Charity Run/Walk attract over 1,000 runners and over 3,000 people total to Shelburne Falls for the day.

“The Bridge of Flowers Races has a tradition of working with several charities over the years,” said Carole Appleton, 2017 Race Director.  “It is a win-win for both, as the charity can fundraise without the stress of putting an event together and the race gets additional volunteers to assist with the community event.”

Online Registration for the race is open until Wednesday, August 9th and can be found at:

The Bridge of Flowers 10K Classic/Steve Lewis Subaru 3K Charity Run/Walk started in 1978, under the direction of Mike McCusker. The race has had thousands of participants run through the Shelburne Falls, MA village center, crossing the historic 1890 Iron Bridge, and racing through the neighborhood streets. The race provides Franklin County hospitality with a Spaghetti Fest dinner the evening before the race and a post-race party for participants and volunteers.  

For more information, contact Carole Appleton, Race Director, at

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