The course is mostly flat,
with some rolling hills, and circles through the varied terrain of three
Starting at the Steamship
Authority Terminal in Vineyard Haven, runners pass by the historic Gingerbread
Cottages of Oak Bluffs, 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 at the Oak Bluffs School with a trek through the
Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation's
Manuel F. Correllus State Forest.
It is mostly flat with a few hills around mile 2-3, some small hills in
the forest section and the last 3 miles. If you are from hill
country you wont even notice.
The course has been
measured and sanctioned by the USATF. Miles are accurately placed and
clearly marked. Most
of the course is on bike paths and sidewalks, and we ask that runners do
not run in the road when paths are available. The roads will be open to
Aid stations are
located approximately every 2 miles with water and some with Gatorade.
Aid stations will have First Aid Kits, and EMS will be standing by at
If you need to drop
out of the race, please do so at an aid station where a vehicle can be
called to retrieve you.
For the safety of the runners, volunteers, and support staff,
the course will close at 3:00pm (4 hours after the race starts - 12
minute mile pace). Any runner who does not complete the course by 3pm
will do so at their own risk with the knowledge
that course support and aid/water stations will be closed according to a
12 minute mile pace schedule.
We reserve the right
to change the course, or cancel the race entirely if advised by authorities. In the
event of race cancellation, for any reason, entry fees will not be
The most up-to-date info can be found on our Facebook page at
The weather in February can be harsh! The first 10 miles run along the
coast so it will most likely be windy and cold. Some years we start the
race with dry pavement and end with 2+ inches of snow or rain, while in
other years temps have reached the 50's! Please dress accordingly,
after all, it is February in New England.
The race motto has always
been: NO WEENIES!