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Second Annual Twin Lights Half Marathon—Great Seaside Half Marathon in Goucester on Famous Cape Ann
This is the second annual Twin Lights Half Marathon. Run a great race along the serene seashore of Boston's North Shore in the spring, beginning and ending at a terrific beach area—Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, and meandering through picturesque Rockport, Massachusetts. The Wallis Sands Half Marathon on May 6 is sold out, but you can get into this one.

Second Annual Twin Lights Half Marathon—Great Seaside Half Marathon in Goucester on Famous Cape Ann

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 20 March, 2012

This exciting half marathon will be running on May 12 on a terrific New England course; you must be a part of this celebration—and it is perfectly timed for the spring season, filling a half marathon void on the Massachusetts North Shore. New England distance running can be tremendously enjoyable, especially if you have the right combination of a scenic course, great organization, historic sea-side towns, tasty post race offerings—perhaps even a vacation weekend in Rockport and Gloucester. Where will you be on May 12th? Check out the race website to see where hundreds of your closest friends will be running the second Saturday in May!

Note that the Wallis Sands Half Marathon, also brought to you by Pursuit Racing, in neighboring Rye, New Hampshire on May 6 has sold out. But you can still get into the second annual Twin Lights Half!

This half marathon is now a national and regional magnet because of the course, the amenities, the facilities, and the placement on the calendar. This is a quiet time at an otherwise bustling harbor and resort town—a time to enjoy the serenity of the quiet shoreline and really take in the natural beauty and rhythm of the New England seaside.
Check out the details at the race Website, or e-mail inquiries to

This race is for all who want to experience a half marathon, whether as a goal in itself, or as a marathon trainer. It will include a running division with a 9:00 a.m. start time, and a walking division, which will step off at 8:30 a.m. Race headquarters, and the start and finish, will be Good Harbor Beach, Thatcher Road (Route 127A), Gloucester, Massachusetts, 01930. All who register will receive wicking Techwick shirts. There are five-year age group awards and special awards for Filly and Clydesdale division winners.

The Course
This course is as interesting as it is scenic, and much of it will be on rural roads with nearly five miles immediately along the ocean. You will love running along these shore-hugging roads—historic Victorian and Edwardian homes, New England coast with panoramic ocean views—including islands off shore.
The out-and back course along the coast promises to be among the most enjoyable in the northeast, as anyone who has run on Cape Ann can tell you. There is a lot of history in the region, with Gloucester being one of the largest fishing harbors on the east coast, and Rockport being one of the most visited and photographed villages in the country. It is easy to imagine why this area has been such a tourist destination.

The race begins at Good Harbor Beach, travels northbound on Thatcher Road, Route 127A, and goes right through the center of the famous and iconic town of Rockport. It loops around at Halibut Point before returning back to Good Harbor Beach for the finish.

Along the way runners will pass several lighthouses—thus the name—as well as such locations as Whale Cove, Pigeon Cove, Sandy Bay, Milk Island, Thatcher Island, Rockport Art Association, and more wonderful views than you can imagine. There are some hills to make it interesting, even challenging at times, but it begins at 25 feet MSL and the highest point in the course is only 121 feet. The hills actually add to the pleasure of the course because they allow everyone to take in the breathtaking beauty of Cape Ann and the Atlantic.

It is very close to major transportation hubs—less than an hour from major airports at both Logan International in Boston and Manchester-Boston in New Hampshire.

Registration and Amenities
Registration is available online on the race website at

There will be medals for the top three overall and top three age group winners in five-year age groups from 15 through 75, as well as Clydesdale/Athena division winners. Everyone who registers by April 1 will receive a terrific Techwick T-shirt

Second in a Series
This race is the second of a pair of Half Marathons brought to you by the folks at Pursuit Racing, an event management company for athletes, by athletes. This one follows the Wallis Sands Half Marathon taking place in Rye, New Hampshire on May 6, which is sold out, as noted.

These two events were among the most successful first-time events in New England because of the way Pursuit Racing sets about to develop their plans and their races. They have shown that when you do it right, runners appreciate the effort and respond. This will be one terrific race, just as it was in 2011.

Pursuit Racing
This event is brought to you by an event management company, Pursuit Racing, which was founded by Mike Murray and Stephanie Ridge of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Mike, a Gloucester, Massachusetts native and three-time Iron Man finisher, has competed in multiple racing and triathlon events around New England and the USA. Steph is an avid fitness enthusiast, rock climber and former Boston College Ice Hockey player. Pursuit Racing also produces the Trek Portsmouth Wallis Sands Triathlon on September 23, 2012.

Gloucester and Rockport
They are beautiful, scenic and historic towns on Cape Ann, and tourist destinations for many—mostly in summer. May is a beautiful time because of the flora of the region as spring’s warm sun glistens on the rugged rocks and salt spray. There are islands, and rivers, and estuaries, and historic buildings—it is, after all, a movie setting several times over. And don’t forget those lighthouses after which this race is named.

Now there will be one more reason for runners to associate the location with an outstanding race. You might want to consider visiting the Cape Ann Historical Museum with galleries reflecting Gloucester’s maritime and fishing heritage. It features works by many contemporary artists of Cape Ann and environs, and spotlights the history of the quarrying industry; stone from these quarries was used in many famous Boston and Massachusetts buildings; in fact stone form these works was shipped up and down the east coast.

When the quarry business declined in early 20th century Rockport became known as an artists’ colony. It is primarily a residential and tourist town, but it is still home to a number of fishermen too. Its rocky beaches and seaside parks are a favorite place for visitors to walk and contemplate the power and scenic beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. This will be an enjoyable half marathon for the inspiration and grandeur of the setting.

Be a Part of the Second Annual Twin Lights Half Marathon
Keep your training schedule on track, and keep focus with this important May 12th training goal. Experience the well chosen course and the camaraderie, and enjoy the terrific scenery and post race party. Enjoy running in New England with a scenic, historic, and spectacular setting. The Twin Lights Half Marathon is for anyone; everyone is welcome—runners of all paces and walkers alike. Rewards of the beautiful setting won’t get any better at any other event. They have planned really well to make your experience a very special one.

Check the race website for details, including registration, course map, directions, parking, event schedule and more. But definitely be there on May 12th, and enjoy a great run at a popular destination. Enjoy Rockport and Gloucester—they are far more than a summer destination, and a running paradise any time of year, especially in May.



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