Twin Lights Half Marathon—Great New Seaside Half Marathon at Famous Cape Ann
Run a half marathon 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.
Posted Thursday, 12 May, 2011
A new half marathon will be running on May 15 on a terrific New England course; you must be a part of this inaugural 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 15th? Check out the race website to see where hundreds of your closest friends will be running the third Sunday in May!
This half marathon will be 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, www.twinlightshalfmarathon.com or e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 10:00 a.m. start time, and a walking division, which will step off at 9:00 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 ten-year age group awards and special awards for Filly and Clydesdale division winners.
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 www.twinlightshalfmarathon.com/registration.htm.
Packet pickup and late registration (if available, the race is expected to close out quickly) will be available both Saturday, May 14, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Manchester Athletic Club in nearby Manchester, Massachusetts; and on race morning from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. at Good Harbor Beach.
They have partnered with the Manchester Athletic Club www.manchesterathleticclub.com,
the race's official training center located at 8 Atwater Avenue, Manchester, Massachusetts, 01944.
There will be cash prizes for the top three female and male winners and medals for age group and 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, a new event management company for athletes, by athletes. This one follows the inaugural Wallis Sands Half Marathon taking place in Rye, New Hampshire on May 1. www.wallissandshalfmarathon.com.
They will be among the most successful first-time events in New England because of the way Pursuit Racing sets about to develop their plans and their events. They have shown that when you do it right, runners appreciate the effort and respond. This will be one terrific race.
This event is brought to you by a new 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 Wallis Sands Half Marathon on May 1, and the Wallis Sands Sprint Triathlon on September 18. For Twin Lights Steph and Mike have partnered with Mike's twin brother Dave Murray and Joanna Joyce, both Gloucester residents. As athletes themselves, they have really strived to put on a fun and rewarding race for you. You will not be disappointed.
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 Inaugural Twin Lights Half Marathon
Keep your training schedule on track, and keep focus with this important May 15th 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 15th, and help make running history—enjoy a great run at a popular destination. Enjoy Rockport and Gloucester—they are far more than a summer destination.