Sam Gomez 5k Charity Road Race

Collage of runner photos in various locations

virtual sam gomez race 2021

Thank you to all of our runners and race sponsors who helped us to raise $2,857 for the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition! Keep an eye out this fall for our announcement of our race date in 2022. 

Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

B & B Micro Manufacturing  Adams Community Bank  Al's Auto Body Works, Inc
 A logo for B&B micro Manufacturing Becks Printing Company Freight Yard Pub and Restaurant
  East Coast Refinishing & Surface Stripping, Inc. Gajda Arnold & Mc Connell, PC
  Greylock Federal Credit Union Monarch Realty, Inc.
  North Adams State College Class of 1986 rk Miles
    Pure Haven - Autumn Wilson


Other community sponsors

H A George

Williamson Commercial Properties, LLC

Virtual Race Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I run/walk?  

You can run anywhere! Our traditional in-person Sam Gomez Road Race is a 5k, or 3.1 miles, but this is your virtual run. You can run as much as you want, wherever you want. Sidewalks, trails, the treadmill- whatever works for you! We also encourage you to bring friends and family on your run with you, even your dog. 

What is included with the virtual Sam Gomez Road Race registration?  

The virtual Sam Gomez Road Race registration comes with a lightweight, cotton blend t-shirt with the Sam Gomez Road Race logo and a downloadable runner’s bib. A Sam Gomez Road Race medal is also available at checkout for an additional fee.  

When do I need to complete my run?  

You can complete your run anytime between April 10th and April 17th, 2021.  Download our free race bib here.

 Do I need to submit results to get my t-shirt?  

No, a t-shirt will be mailed to everyone who registers. Your t-shirt size may not be guaranteed if you register after 3/12.  

How do I track my distance and time?  

We are not compiling runner data for the virtual race, but participants are encouraged to share their race photos and running statistics on social media using #VirtualSamGomez and @MCLAStudentGovernment. You can also email photos to 

runners stretchinghistory of the sam gomez Road race

The Sam Gomez Road Race is one of the oldest races in Berkshire County and has been a successful North Adams tradition for over 40 years thanks to the generosity of our loyal sponsors and the support of the local running community.

Sam Gomez was a professor at MCLA (then North Adams State College) and founded the school’s cross-country team. Coach Gomez believed in the importance of the relationship between the local community and MCLA. In honor of Coach Gomez and his legacy of giving back to the Berkshire community, each year SGA selects a Berkshire County charity to receive the proceeds from the race bearing Coach Gomez’ name.  With the help of local sponsors, SGA has raised over $29,000 for Berkshire-based organizations over the last 17 years.

Past Beneficiaries

2020 Elizabeth Freeman Center
2018 Growing Healthy Garden Program
2017 National Alliance on Mental Illness
2016 Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club
2015 United Neighborhood Organization (North Adams Association)     
2014 Northern Berkshire YMCA Youth Programs
2013 Windsor Lake Playground Project
2012 Friendship Center Food Pantry
2011 Williamstown Youth Center
2010 Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)
2009 Northern Berkshire YMCA Youth Programs
2008 Northern Berkshire YMCA Youth Programs
2007 Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)
2006 Berkshire Food Project
2005 Elder Services of the Berkshires
2004 Louison House - Adams
2003 Habitat for Humanity (Northern Berkshire)
2002 KID's Place - Berkshire Advocacy Group
2001 River Street Playground - North Adams
2000 The Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)
1999 Magic Seasons Day Care Center
1998 The Northern Berkshire United Way
1997 The Berkshire Food Project
1996 The Greylock Neighborhood Project
1995 The North Adams Playground Project
1994 The Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)

runner during race
1993 The Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)
1992 North Adams "Kid's Choice Summer Playground Program
1991 The Heather Fischlein Scholarship Fund (MCLA)
1990 The Berkshire Food Project
1989 The Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)
1988 The Northern Berkshire United Way
1987 The Northern Berkshire United Way
1986 The Northern Berkshire United Way
1985 The Rape Crisis Center (Pittsfield)
1984 "A Child's Wish Come True