Sam Gomez 5k Charity Road Race

Collage of runner photos in various locations

sam gomez race 2024

The 46th Annual Sam Gomez Road Race will be held on Sunday, April 7th, 2024. This year's beneficiary is Louison House, a non-profit organization that strives to meet the needs of our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of housing instability.

Sam Gomez 5K Race Map

Official 2024 Race Results

Race Registration for 2025 Coming January....

Interested in participating in the 47th annual Sam Gomez Road Race?

Register Here (not available)


Interested in Sponsoring the 47th annual Sam Gomez Road Race?
**Deadline is March 2nd to sponsor**

Sponsor HERE (not available)

Individual donations are also welcomed and appreciated!

Participation Information

April, 2025


On race day, registration and new sign-ups are open from 9:30am - 10:30am. Runners will be escorted to the starting line at 11:00am and the race will begin at 11:10am.


Where can I park?  

Please reference our MCLA campus map here that shows available parking on campus. This year runners and visitors can park in any available parking spaces.

When and where is check-in?  

Check-in will be located on the 1st floor of the Amsler Campus Center (building #12). Check-in and registration for participants the day of will be from 9:30am-10:30am. *On-site registration will close at 10:30am to make sure runners are able to get to the starting line for the 11:10am start.

What is included with your Sam Gomez Road Race registration?  

When you arrive to check in or register on the morning of the Sam Gomez Road Race, you will receive a lightweight, cotton blend t-shirt with the Sam Gomez Road Race logo at check in, and a runner's medal at the end of the race. The three overall winners from both the male and female categories will receive a Sam Gomez water bottle. T-shirt size is not guaranteed if you register after 3/2/25.

What is the route of the race?  

Please find the map of Sam Gomez 5K Race here. The starting line for the race is at the corner of Church Street and Pleasant Street. *Please note that this is an open course route. Runners may make their way down to the starting line or wait for volunteers that will also lead participants down at the end of check-in at 10:30am.

How will the race be timed and where do I find my results?  

You will be provided runner bibs and timing chips at check-in. Results will be available following the race and will be posted online, on the MCLA Facebook page, and the MCLA Student Government page.


History Of the Sam Gomez Road Race

runners stretchingThe 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 $35,000 for Berkshire-based organizations for nearly 20 years!


Past Beneficiaries

2024 Louison House, North Adams
2023 Tapestry Health Services
2022 Arts in Recovery for Youth & MCLA Food Pantry
2021 Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
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

runner during race
1994 The Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)
1993 The Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)
1992 North Adams "Kid's Choice Summer Playgnd Prog
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