Online registration is underway for the second Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race, set for Sunday, August 21 on scenic Cape Ann in Gloucester, Mass.
Runners can register at www.rungloucester.com for one of the New England’s newest and most picturesque road races. Race organizers are hoping to build on the momentum of last year’s inaugural race, which featured 1,000 runners and drew rave reviews from participants and spectators alike.
The race, which begins and ends at the famous Fisherman’s Memorial on the historic Gloucester waterfront, features a relatively flat but challenging course that takes runners along one of New England’s most picturesque seascapes – including five miles of ocean views.
The newcomer Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race is the third of a three-race series of major coastal New England road races held each August – the TD Bank Beach to Beacon in Cape Elizabeth, Maine is Aug. 6, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race Aug. 14 on Cape Cod, and now the Run Gloucester! on Aug. 21.
The Gloucester 7-Mile is viewed as a celebration of the seaport city’s rich running culture while also introducing many and re-acquainting others to the area’s stunning beauty. Runners from as a far away as California and Kenya entered the 2010 race, cheered on by spectators along the course.
Last year, a pair of elite runners from Kenya, Lineth Chepkurui (37:23) and Alan Kiprono (32:54), took top honors. The Gloucester 7-Mile also drew a top-notch contingent of Cape Ann runners, including Matt Curran, 53, of Gloucester (41:26) who topped the men’s field and Layne Alves, 30, of Rockport (44:58) who was the first local woman.
Proceeds from the race benefit the Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association (GFAA). The GFAA raises funds for Gloucester High School student-athletes, sports programs and facilities, and is a key supporter of the renovation of Gloucester High’s Newell Stadium.
The Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race – which also features a Kid’s Fun Run the morning of the race – was created and is managed by DMSE Sports., Inc. whose founder, Dave McGillivray, also is the longtime race director of the BAA Boston Marathon.
“This is the time of year when we start looking forward to summer and thinking about our fitness goals,” McGillivray said. “We’d like to encourage people to sign up and commit to this race now, circle Aug. 21 on their calendars, set a goal and start getting ready.”
McGillivray said DMSE will look at ways to build on the success of last year’s inaugural race.
“For a first-time event, last year’s Gloucester 7-Mile ran smoothly with great community support and a strong group of volunteers,” he said. “We’re going to try to build on that enthusiasm and support and make this one even better.”
Businesses who wish to be a race sponsor this year may contact Alan Steinberg, Sponsor/Event Consultant at DMSE Sports, Inc., 561-676-3531 or by e-mailing him at email@example.com.
Founded by McGillivray in 1981, DMSE Sports, Inc. is a leader in sports event management, specializing in creating, marketing and producing mass participatory athletic events throughout the U.S. and abroad. McGillivray has produced or consulted on more than 900 events throughout the world, including 23 Boston Marathons; the 2004 and 2008 USA Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, the 1990 Triathlon World Championship, the 1998 Goodwill Games Triathlon, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. For more info, visit www.dmsesports.com