Don’t miss this amazing race! Imagine yourself savoring the picture perfect New England landscape as you race along this ocean side course that is brimming with natural beauty and historic charm. As a participant last year, I have no trouble singing the Lone Gull’s praises. It is genuine runner’s bliss. Think of it as a tasting menu of sublime visual treats, including picturesque horizons, waterfront landmarks, and tranquil roads. There is no doubt that this USATF-certified course is one of the most remarkable and breathtakingly beautiful stretches of coast in New England.
It comes as no surprise that a race of this caliber has impeccable organization behind it. This is evident by the scores of volunteers who are on the scene and behind the scenes working to ensure that all of the important details are covered. This year the race has also made the commitment to be as environmentally friendly as possible. They are making every effort to go green.
It is impossible to beat the thrill of the magnificent views along the shore of historic Gloucester that this 10K course offers. It is a moderately challenging loop course with mixed flat and hills.
Runners start at the intersection of Atlantic and Nautilus Roads at the Good Harbor footbridge. The course continues on Atlantic Road for 1.5 miles before turning right onto Grapevine Road. Runners continue to make their way through the course by following this road to the intersection of Eastern Point Road. Eastern Point Road continues to Niles Beach which offers a view of Boston in the distance as well as the elegant mansions on Gloucester’s Eastern Point.
A stone gateway leads to Eastern Point Boulevard where runners are treated to the sight of Eastern Point Lighthouse. This famed landmark was erected in 1832 to mark the entrance to the harbor. It is the very same lighthouse that was used in the movie the Perfect Storm.
Run along the right side of the road and bear to the right at the “One Way” sign and make a left onto Lake Avenue. This will bring you back to Eastern Point Boulevard. Make a right onto Bemo Avenue then a left onto St. Louis Avenue. It is all so very scenic. Make a right onto Farrington Avenue and veer to the left at the top of the hill onto Atlantic Avenue. As you follow this road back to the finish line on Nautilus Road you will be energized by the vast stretch of ocean visible and gleaming on your right.
The Lone Gull Charitable Trust
Race proceeds and donations go to the Lone Gull Charitable Trust. The trust was created to raise vital funds for organizations which are dedicated to help find better ways to treat and prevent cancer and to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Specifically they will donate to Camp Sunshine in Maine, a camp for terminally ill kids. Last year they donated over $6,000 and hope to blow that away this time around. Please visit www.campsunshine.org
Chances are you or someone you know has battled this disease. Today, thousands of people worldwide are being treated for cancer and this is a chance to do something to help some of them.
Post Race Celebration
A stroll along the beach makes for the perfect cool down after the race as you head for a terrific post race party that is filled with music, fun and a huge, crowd-pleasing breakfast buffet. Relax and enjoy the glorious beauty of a September day with your friends and family while you take pleasure in your running accomplishment. Non-runners will be able to purchase tickets for the buffet for five dollars.