Runners, Volunteers, and Community:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
like to thank everyone for their support and
understanding, and look forward to bringing back this great event in
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!
for the 18th Annual Martha's Vineyard 20 Miler
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
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.
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.