Northfield, Massachusetts and neighboring towns of Gill and Bernardston lie at the intersection of Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire on both sides of the majestic Connecticut River.
Across the wide flood plain, the land rises on the east and west to form miles and miles of rolling hills and state forest. In the 17th century, the area was one of the earliest places English settlers explored after arriving here from Europe. The grand homes they built in Northfield create one of the most dramatic and classic streetscapes found anywhere in New England. The area's considerable natural and man-made beauty foster numerous outdoor activities, local agriculture and a lively and growing arts community that offers special events throughout the year. Centrally located literally in the heart of New England, our three towns comprise an ideal base from which to experience the lively and scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts
Whether you begin your own exploration of our area from points north, from Boston and Albany via Route 2, or up from Connecticut, New York and points south on Interstate 91, you will know immediately that you have entered a special place. The strikingly beautiful landscape, the range of recreational activities available and the area's rich culture, artistry and history, coupled with a slower pace and country charm, are here to savor and enjoy again and again.
Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon
Sept. 28, 2014
Location: Northfield Mountain Recreation Center, 99 Millers Falls Rd., Northfield, MA
There is no better time of year to come out and enjoy the wilds of Western Mass. Cooler temperatures, local Festivals, fresh vegetables, warm water and the first autumn leaves poking out make it an ideal place to be!
The Great River Challenge, Off-Road Triathlon was created to help foster greater awareness of the Upper Pioneer Valley's cultural and natural resources and healthy active lifestyle. Northfield is the only town to straddle the Connecticut River, which for millennia has been the bread-basket to all who have inhabited the region with fishing, hunting, farming and logging. The corruption of the native Monhegan word Quinetucket, became the Connecticut River, describing the river as simply "The Great River". Its rich farm land, bountiful forests and river central to the region create a beautiful tableau. All of these factors make Northfield and ideal setting for an off-road triathlon, showcasing the river and surrounding lands!
Bridge of Flowers Road Race
August 9, 2014 - 8:00 am - 11:00 am Shelburne Falls
Shelburne Falls once again welcomes with open arms runners from around the world. More than 800 athletes converged upon this tiny community to participate in their annual road race - The Bridge of Flowers Classic, now in its 35th year.