What could become an annual road race at the western tip of Martha’s Vineyard, the Gay Head 10K, will start at 10 am on Sunday, October 6 at the Aquinnah Circle. Organizers of the race, which will benefit the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse project, predict several hundred runners competing in several age categories.

gay head lighthouse close to edge

Gay Head Lighthouse is only 46 feet from the cliff edge

Registration is limited to 500 runners for this first race, said race committee member Martha Vanderhoop. “It’s a real community event, but we hope people from all over the region will want to race this beautiful and challenging course,” she told the AGHCA. The course, which will start at the crosswalk near the shops at the Aquinnah Circle, will proceed down State Road, turn onto Moshup Trail, follow along the coastline, back around the Circle past the lighthouse, and end at the entrance to the town beach parking lot.

Organizers say they need volunteers to help before, during and after the race.  Information about volunteering, the race itself, and registration can be found at the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse website, gayheadlight.org.