Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club Road Race is Saturday

Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club Road Race is Saturday

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Islanders can expect a few traffic delays on Saturday as more than 400 runners take part in the Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler. The race benefits the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club (MVBGC).

Expect the biggest traffic disruptions at Five Corners at the start of the race around 11 am and at the Triangle in Edgartown around noontime, according to MVBGC executive director and race coordinator Peter Lambos. He said police officers would be stationed at the main intersections along the race route to hold and direct traffic.

The race begins at the Vineyard Haven Steamship Authority (SSA) at 11 am. Mr. Lambos estimates it will take the runners about 20 minutes to get through Five Corners.

From the SSA, the runners head up Beach Road to cross the Lagoon Pond drawbridge to run along East Chop. The race route continues around the harbor and along the ocean from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown.

Mr. Lambos said the next traffic disruption would likely occur at the Triangle in Edgartown at noontime as the first runners arrive to cross over Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. From there they continue to Edgartown-West Tisbury Road and on to Barnes Road. The race finishes up at the Oak Bluffs School.

“Everyone’s patience and cooperation will be much appreciated,” Mr. Lambos said. “When drivers have to wait a couple of seconds for runners, in doing so they’re they’re helping an event that benefits many Island children.”

The Boys and Girls Club offers year-round activities including after-school programs for more than 500 Island children between 5 and 18 years of age.

Runners may register as late as the morning of the race, provided space is available, Mr. Lambos said. Participation is limited to 500.

For more information visit the website www.mv20miler.com, call 508-627-3303 or email Mr. Lambos at bgclub@vineyard.net.