Inaugural road race along scenic Cape Ann, Massachusetts, coastline set for Aug. 22; runner registration ongoing

GLOUCESTER, Massachusetts — Volunteers are needed from now through race day for the inaugural Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race, set for Aug. 22 on scenic Cape Ann.

“We need volunteers to help out with registration on Saturday and for water stations, parking, start and finish lines on Sunday," said Tom O'Brien, volunteer coordinator for the race. 

Volunteers can sign up online at the race website by going to the volunteer page at Race officials say all are welcome, no previous experience is necessary and that volunteering is best when it's done with friends and family.  "We especially need volunteers to help with publicity and community awareness – to help us get the word out about this great new run here in Gloucester," O'Brien added. 

With nearly five miles of ocean views, the inaugural Run Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race was created by Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports, Inc., who also serves as race director of the BAA Boston Marathon and the popular TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K in Maine.

In addition to volunteering, Gloucester area runners also are encouraged to register in advance to run the inaugural race at Online registration will close at 5 p.m. Aug. 20. 

Registration for the race and packet pick-up will be held Sat., Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gloucester High School. Race day registration is also available from 6-7:45 a.m. at the high school. 

Race day parking will be available at Gloucester High School and at Stage Fort Park. Race organizers are encouraging runners who pick up their numbers or register for the race at the high school on Sat., Aug. 21 to park at Stage Fort Park on race day, and those picking up or registering for the race on race day to park at Gloucester High School.

Proceeds from the Run Gloucester! 7-Mile, sponsored by the Gloucester Daily Times and Saucony, Inc., will benefit the Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association and DMSE’s Children Fitness Foundation

The race’s primary beneficiary, the Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association, raises funds for Gloucester High School student-athletes, sports programs and facilities, and is a key supporter of the renovation of Gloucester High's Newell Stadium. 

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