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Race Director

Sunday's Great Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon

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"It turns out when [he] got ..., 15 Sept 2012 [cached]
"It turns out when [he] got into a canoe, [he was] so strong it was unbelievable," Patty Spector said. "[He] attributed it to training in a paddleboard is better because it uses your entire core. ...
"People went right to the Arcadian Shop to look at paddleboards. Stuff like that makes you take notice."
Spector, race director for Sunday's Great Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon, has taken notice.
Spector will be competing in this year's race on a paddleboard. The boats can be a little expensive -- running from about $800 to as high as $4,400 -- so Spector is borrowing a friend's.
The boats' addition is not without controversy. As when Spector added kayaks over a decade ago, Sabo said there's still some resistance from skeptics.
Spector, who has been practicing about once a week for the last couple months, isn't one of them. She said being out on the board is a "blast. It's different, but still plenty of fun.
"I have no problems switching. I like to try new things," Spector said.
Well Talk With Avi Dresner, 3 Sept 2011 [cached]
Patty Spector of The Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon
In case you're going through Olympic withdrawal, Avi talks about our own local version of the Decathlon, The Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon, with Josh Executive Director, Patty Spector.
Patty Spector
Avi talks with Shiobbean Archey and Kent Lemme of the Berkshire Running Center, and Patty Spector, race organizer extraordinaire, about the B21 Race Series.
Berkshire Eagle Online - A tough race to raise funds, 20 Oct 2006 [cached]
var requestedWidth = 0; > if(requestedWidth Patty Spector, coordinator of the Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon, said the race is losing money due to rising costs and a drop in cash donations.Photo by Darren vanden Berge / Berkshire Eagle Staff
>Friday, October 20LENOX , After paying for 1,827 T-shirts ($10,000), a couple dozen police officers and sheriffs ($5,000), 725 electronic timers ($3,600), and thousands of dollars in other race-related costs, the Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon Committee aims to donate $5,000 to the United Way this year.
Yet race costs are rising and cash donations are ebbing for the biggest event of its kind in New England, and the United Way contribution , and the race itself , is becoming a tighter financial squeeze, said Patty Spector, the race's coordinator.
Since the Sept. 17 race, Spector has been tallying up the expenses, bills and dispersing payments.The total is $51,700, including $5,000 for the United Way.
In past years, the race has cost between $40,000 and $45,000.
"We need to let the community know how expensive this race is every year, and how valuable it is to the community," said Spector."Sponsorships have gone down, and we're getting more iron-people (individuals who compete alone), who pay less than team competitors."
The Josh is the only triathlon in New England in which teams bike, paddle and run in 29 different race categories.In the past few years, team participation has leveled out to about 400 teams annually, Spector said.
The Josh Committee has resisted increasing entry fees, however.Registration brought in nearly $34,000 this year, while actual cash contributions totaled about $14,000 , $2,000 behind last year's sum.The race committee also rolled over about $3,000 from last year's race to kick off this year's expenditures, said Spector.
She said she has no complaints about donors' decisions: Many are longtime contributors who have trimmed their contributions in order to share their charitable funds with other organizations or because their resources are tighter.
Yet other potential donors don't know much about the race, she said.
"The Josh," as it's known around these parts, is a one-day extravaganza, a spectator sporting event that doesn't have the fundraising panache of a year-round performing arts center or historical restoration.
The 30-year-old race survives, she said, because of its devoted volunteers, in-kind or partially in-kind contributions, and the cooperation of the five towns throughout which the race passes through.The Josh relies on the ongoing support of the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department, which provides uniformed officers to control traffic and direct racers, said Spector.
"Sometimes, I have no clue how this race happens, or who does what, and I'm panicking, and somehow it gets done," said Spector, who receives $6,000 as race coordinator, a job that officially begins with planning in January.
Spector called Petricca Industries, a Pittsfield construction company, asking for a donation of orange traffic cones, and they came through.
"What we really need is bigger businesses to take a look and say, 'This is not just a little race for a few people,' " Spector said.
Well Talk With Avi Dresner, 26 Sept 2013 [cached]
Patty Spector of The Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon -
Patty Spector
Well Talk With Avi Dresner, 21 Aug 2012 [cached]
Patty Spector of The Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon
In case you're going through Olympic withdrawal, Avi talks about our own local version of the Decathlon, The Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon, with Josh Executive Director, Patty Spector.
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