About the Race
Beginning at the Gay Head Cliffs at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017, the 10K course heads down State Road past the Aquinnah Town Hall, the Aquinnah Public Library and Wampanoag Tribal lands, up Moshup Trail along the beaches and crashing surf and back to the foot of the lighthouse. Water stations are located every two miles along the course.
Registration is limited to 500 runners.
Please pick up your packet at one of the following locations and dates. If you’re not able to make it to either time yourself, a friend can pick up your packet for you (as long as you have already signed the liability waiver online).
Saturday, September 30, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Aquinnah Town Hall
Sunday, October 1, 8:30-10:00 a.m. Gay Head Cliffs
Shuttle buses for off-island runners will meet the Steamship Authority ferry that departs Woods Hole at 8:15 am and arrives in Vineyard Haven at 9:00 am, with return service provided after the award ceremony. Companions of runners can be accommodated but please send an email advising of the extra passengers for the shuttle.
There is limited parking for runners and spectators at the Aquinnah Town Lot (no charge) at the Gay Head Cliffs.
The course will officially close at 12:30 a.m.
An award ceremony will be held on the grounds of the Gay Head Lighthouse at approximately 12:30-12:45pm.
Once again, we are partnering with the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard’s Cycle Martha’s Vineyard recreational round-the-island ride. Cycle on Saturday, run the Gay Head on Sunday. Click here for more information.
Registration and Race Day Questions
Is registration available on race day?
You may register on Packet Pick up Day, Sept. 30, from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Aquinnah Old Town Hall , 65 State Road, or on race day by 10:00 am., cash or check only. On race day, registration will be $40 with payment accepted in cash or check only. There will be no guarantee of a free tee shirt in your size.
I cannot participate in the race for which I am registered. Can I get a refund?
Gay Head 10k registration fees are nonrefundable.
Can I transfer my bib number?
Gay Head 10K does not allow for bib transfers.
What happens if the weather is bad on race day?
The race will be held rain or shine, unless race officials determine conditions are unsafe. Visit gayheadlight.org for announcements in case of potentially unsafe race conditions.
What time should I arrive on race day?
Arrive for the race about one hour in advance of the race start time. This will give you plenty of time to find the start line, use the bathroom one last time and put all your belongings in a secure location. Find your place behind the start line about 15 minutes before the start.
Is gear check available?
Gear check will be available at the race headquarters tent in the Gay Head Circle. All bags are subject to search for security purposes.
How many aid stations will be on the course?
Water stations will be located every 2 miles.
Where will results be posted?
Results will be posted at runsignup.com.
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