Chilmark Road Race supports community center


Updated August 18

Runners took off on Saturday, August 13, on Middle Road to participate in the Chilmark Road Race. Souvenir T shirts were given to race participants, but other clothing and “specialty items” were also available for sale. 

Hugh Weisman, the race director, told The Times “the race went very well” and was accompanied by the “best weather of the summer.

“Everyone enjoyed it immensely and we had some very fast times,” Weisman said.

The race began “3.1 miles east” of Chilmark Town Hall on Middle Road, and finished at Beetlebung Corner, next to the town hall. According to RunSignUp, a race registration platform, the overall male results had Charlie Ortmans of Arlington, Va., clocking in first place with a time of 14:56.17, Jack Lionette of Chilmark running in second place with a time of 16:13.77, and Michael Schroeder of Hopkinton in third place with a time of 16:49.05. Overall female results had Marian Johnson from Weston clocking in first place with a time of 17:52.38, Sarah Tully of Cambridge running in second place with a time of 18:19.21, and Dana Lehr of Belmont in third place with a time of 18:35.10. 

Suellen Lazarus, chair of the Chilmark Town Affairs Council, told The Times that about $40,000 was raised, although this is not the final count.

The road race has taken place on “beautiful but oh-so-hilly Middle Road” since 1978, according to the community center’s website. Race proceeds are “donated to the [Chilmark] town affairs council to assist in the operations of the Chilmark Community Center,” and provide summer camp scholarships.

“The road race benefits the Chilmark Community Center summer programs. This support makes it possible for island school children attending the center’s summer program to do so at a substantial discount. The discount of 50% does not cover the cost of running the program, and thus the road race funding allows us to provide that substantial subsidy,” Lazarus said.