The Fifth Annual Lone Gull 10K- New England 10K Classic in Beautiful Gloucester, Massachusetts
Join the excitement on Sunday, September 18, 2011 as the Lone Gull Coffeehouse and the New England Running Company proudly present the highly anticipated Fifth Annual Lone Gull 10K.
Posted Tuesday, 30 August, 2011
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. An outstanding race on many levels, The Lone Gull 10K is the ultimate memorable experience for runners of all abilities. In addition to the terrific course, this event also features a great post race celebration with good food, excellent organization, and lots of awards and prizes.
As a previous participant, 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. This race is becoming one of the premier events in Massachusetts and perhaps all New England. www.lonegull10k.com
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. Since its inception the race has also made the commitment to be as environmentally friendly as possible. They are making every effort to be green, spurred by one of the planet's most beautiful locations.
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. The race was selected as the 2009 USATF - New England Championship. With pre-race and post race activities at picturesque Good Harbor Beach (see race website for directions, parking, and other details), they have designed an outstanding course.
Runners start at the intersection of Atlantic and Nautilus Roads near 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. They will donate to several 501(c)(3) organizations from the region that are involved in helping individuals and families dealing with the dread disease. 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 morning 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.
There will be prizes for both individuals and teams. Last year’s overall women’s and men’s winners were Kaitlin Anelauskas of Cambridge, Massachusetts (37:06) and Nate Krah of Boston (31:22). Other results included master’s division winners Mike Cooney of Chelmsford, Mass. (34:05) and Nancy Corsaro of Methuen (41:22 - also the 50-59 division winner).
America’s Oldest Seaport
Gloucester receives high marks when it comes to the natural beauty of its rocky shores and extraordinary beaches. Settled in 1623, America’s oldest seaport boasts a rich New England history. Conveniently located just 35 miles north of Boston, Gloucester is a working city, home to some of the last commercial fishing fleets in New England. The famed bronze statue known as the Man at the Wheel is a fitting tribute to the city’s proud legacy.
This city, with its distinctive personality and a vibrancy all its own has plenty of historic and recreational attractions. Whether looking for museums, restaurants, whale watching, sailing, kayaking, running, or fishing, there is something here to spark the interest of every member of the family. It is the ideal base to explore all the delights that the Massachusetts North Shore has to offer.
For additional information please contact Race Director Wes Lassen by e-mail at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or contact him by phone at 978-922-8870.
This seashore tour is your chance to be part of an event unlike any other. Now in its fifth year, the Lone Gull 10K just keeps getting better. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to participate in this unique race with its spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Point. Register early to secure your distinctive custom T-shirt. Registration and more detailed information are available at www.lonegull10k.com