U.S. Track and Field recognizes Gay Head 10K

Photo by Michael Cummo

The Gay Head 10K, “A Race Against Time,” has been officially measured and certified by USA Track and Field, race organizer Martha Vanderhoop announced Tuesday.

According to the organization’s web site, the course measurement and certification benefit both casual and serious competitors because it enables their performance on that course to be official. For casual runners, a reliable course distance makes it easier for them to compare their performance from race to race. For serious runners who want their performance accepted as a record or who want to be nationally ranked, they must run on a USATF-measured and -certified course.

“I’m so pleased that our course has been recognized by USA Track and Field,” Ms. Vanderhoop said. “This is a big step in our goal to offer an exceptional running experience to athletes of all abilities.”

The 10K will start under the beam of the Gay Head Lighthouse, proceed down the hill past the Aquinnah Cultural Center onto State Road, and onto Moshup Trail, which leads back to the loop at the Cliffs. The finish line lands runners in the shadow of the lighthouse after they complete the circle.

In addition to the race, local and visiting cycling enthusiasts will have an opportunity to participate in an organized recreational ride on the Island on Saturday, Oct. 4. Two rides, a 50K and a 100K, are offered. The 50K ride will feature spectacular views of Vineyard Sound, Nantucket Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean. Riders in the 100K will visit the entire island, including the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah. There will be organized rest stops along the route as well as road support. A post-ride pig roast with live music is also scheduled. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard and the Gay Head Lighthouse. Register at active.com.

For more information and to register for the race, runners can visit gayheadlight.org. There is an entry fee of $30, and the field will be limited to 500 runners. The committee is also welcoming donors to become involved immediately through various levels of sponsorship. For more information on sponsorships, contact Beverly Wright, chairman of the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee at gayhead10k@gayheadlight.org.