Run Gloucester 7-Mile creates ‘trifecta’ of major road races along New England shorelines on consecutive August weekends
GLOUCESTER, Massachusetts — DMSE Sports, Inc., a Massachusetts-based national sports event producer, has created the Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race, set for Sunday, Aug. 22 along the scenic Cape Ann shoreline in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
A field of 3,000 to 5,000 runners is expected for the inaugural race, now less than three months away. Registration is underway online at www.rungloucester.com.
The Run Gloucester 7-Mile will be the third, large-scale road race along the New England coastline on consecutive weekends each August, joining the TD Bank Beach to Beacon in Maine on Aug. 7 and The CIGNA Falmouth (Mass) Road Race on Aug. 15.
“The Run Gloucester 7-Mile creates the third in a series of major road races, so runners can go from Cape Elizabeth, to Cape Cod to Cape Ann. When you consider the settings, it’s really a great opportunity to run along some of the nation’s most beautiful shorelines,” said Dave McGillivray, president of DMSE Sports (www.dmsesports.com) and a nationally-renowned race director who also directs the BAA Boston Marathon.
Proceeds from the Run Gloucester 7-Mile, sponsored by the Gloucester Daily Times and Saucony, Inc., will benefit the Gloucester Fisherman’s Athletic Association and DMSE’s Children Fitness Foundation.
Details of the race were unveiled May 21 at a news conference in Gloucester featuring McGillivray and members of Team DMSE, Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Gloucester Daily Times Publisher Al Getler, Fred Doyle of Saucony, Dick Wilson and other representatives from the Gloucester Fisherman’s Athletic Association.
The race will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22 at the famous Gloucester Fishermen’s Memorial Statue on the historic Gloucester waterfront. The course will take runners on a loop around Eastern Point Road and Atlantic Ave., past Bass Rocks, before returning to the statue for the finish. The course features one of New England’s most picturesque seascapes, boasting nearly five miles of ocean views. The registration fee is $35 in advance, $40 on race day.
A map of the course and other race info is available at www.rungloucester.com. The race also is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RunGloucester, where updates and info will be posted throughout the summer.
America’s oldest seaport, Gloucester is also home to the nation’s oldest artist colony. For additional information on the area, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce website lists information on whale watching excursions, beaches, dining, and accommodations.
“It’s just a beautiful place for a road race and Gloucester has a vibrant, active running community that we believe will embrace this event,” added McGillivray. “We’re hoping runners from across New England come here and enjoy Gloucester, maybe even make a weekend of it, and make this race an annual tradition.”
McGillivray, who also serves as race director of the TD Bank Beacon to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and organized the recent Run to Home Base event at Fenway Park, developed the Run Gloucester 7-Mile with DMSE’s Ron Kramer after meeting with local officials more than a year ago. The new Run Gloucester race is not affiliated with the town’s Triathlon on Aug. 8.
The race’s primary beneficiary, the Gloucester Fishermen's Athletic Association, raises funds for Gloucester High School student-athletes and their families and is a key supporter of the renovation of Gloucester High's Newell Stadium.
"We are excited about the race and hoping for a big turnout from local and regional runners as the more runners, the more it will help our organization," said Dick Wilson of the GFAA
Founded by McGillivray in 1981, DMSE Sports, Inc. is a leader in sports event management, specializing in creating, marketing and producing mass participatory athletic events throughout the U.S. and abroad. McGillivray has produced or consulted on more than 900 mass-participatory athletic events throughout the world, including 23 Boston Marathons; the 2004 and 2008 USA Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials, the 1990 Triathlon World Championship, the 1998 Goodwill Games Triathlon, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. For more info, visit www.dmsesports.com.