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Announcement: Event Cancelation


Dear Runners, Volunteers, and Community:

 

It is with great disappoint that I must announce the cancellation of the 18th Annual Martha's Vineyard 20 Miler & Amity Island Relay scheduled for Saturday, February 14, 2015.

 

The decision to cancel the race was not an easy one, but was the right one in the best interest of runner, volunteer, and public safety. After speaking with representatives from the police and fire/EMT departments of the towns of Edgartown, Tisbury, and Oak Bluffs on Monday morning, it was decided that cancellation was the only option. Runners were notified by email on Monday.

 

Existing conditions have rendered bike paths and roadsides throughout the course unsafe and in parts impassable due to snow and ice buildup. Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures are in the forecast for later this week, which will not allow for the course to be cleared, and will only worsen existing conditions. Also taken into consideration, was the need for town emergency professionals and highway workers to be available to do their jobs, without the overload presented by the race.  

 

You may be asking yourself why anyone would schedule, or run a race during February in New England? This event was founded for two reasons: to benefit the youth of the Island, and to fit into the training schedule of runners training for Boston and other spring marathons.

 

This is the first cancelation in the 18 year history of the race. The race has gone on in less than ideal conditions in the past, but this year I could not in good conscious put 500 runners and 100 plus volunteers out there on an unsafe course.

 

As race director I am accountable for the safety of the runners, volunteers, and everyone else directly and indirectly associated with the event. I love putting on this race, and this was a hard decision to make, but the right one. Even in ideal conditions, the prospect of injuries and accidents are a reality in any event, but to have these things happen by knowingly putting people in harm’s way is something I am not prepared to carry with me, or put on anyone else.

 

Unfortunately, we will not able to reschedule this event for this year, due to the re-permitting and re-planning process which could take weeks to months to complete, and also in respect to the other great races in our region which many of our runners will be participating in, or organizing themselves, over the coming weeks and months.

 

In light of the cancelation, we have decided to mail runners all race apparel included/purchased with their registration. Additionally, we are offering each registered runner a discount for $10 (25%) off of next year's registration.

 

It is our policy, and agreed upon at registration, that we do not offer refunds or deferments in the event of race cancelation. 100% of race proceeds benefit the Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and other participating Island youth organizations. This year’s partner organizations include: Friends of Vineyard Soccer, YMCA of MV, MV Figure Skating Club, and The MV Touchdown Club.

 

Again, the decision to cancel was not one we came to lightly and we appreciate everyone’s understanding and support. We know that many of our runners travel and go to great lengths to run with us. In addition to registering for the race, many runners stay on the Island for the weekend, providing a boost to the Vineyard’s offseason economy. Cancelation of the race puts some runners and businesses in a bind. While we sympathize with all parties, agreements made with individuals and business not affiliated with the race organizers are beyond our control.

 

I’d like to thank everyone for their support and understanding, and look forward to bringing back this great event in 2016.

 

Sincerely,

 

Peter Lambos, Race Director

Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler


 

The Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler is a must race for die-hard runners of many levels. From highly competitive athletes looking for a test of their Boston readiness, to dedicated recreational runners seeking to extend the length of their monthly long-run, this race offers the chance to combine a visit to one of the East Coast’s most beautiful shore communities with a race on a fast, USATF sanctioned course. Not quite up to the 20 mile challenge? Grab a partner and enter the Martha's Vineyard 20 Miler 2x10 Mile Relay!

Registration for the 18th Annual Martha's Vineyard 20 Miler is Closed

 

The course is mostly flat, with some rolling hills, and circles through the varied terrain of three Island towns. Starting at Vineyard Haven Harbor, runners pass by the Gingerbread Cottages of Oak Bluffs' historic Copeland District, work their way along a barrier beach road that separates Nantucket Sound and the 700 acre Sengekontacket Pond, cross a section of Edgartown’s farming community, and finish back in Oak Bluffs with a trek through the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation's Manuel F. Correllus State Forest.

Be prepared for all New England has to offer: some years are bright and sunny, others are windy and damp, and last year we started on dry pavement and finished in 3" of snow! No matter how the weather turns out, this is always a great event.

We have been selected by New England Runner Magazine as one of the top 100 races yearly since inception, and do our best to make your visit and race memorable.

There are accurately placed mile markers, nine waters stops, and fun post race festivities with live music and a meal featuring clam chowder, minestrone soup, fruit, yogurt and other goodies.

Numerous award levels exist including and we also have awesome finisher medals and shirts!.

Don’t miss this race, it will sell out! Start planning your visit to the Vineyard now.