Sam Gomez 5k Charity Road Race

Collage of runner photos in various locations

sam gomez race 2022

Thank you so much to everyone who donated and participated virtually or in-person for the 44th annual Sam Gomez Road Race supporting Arts in Recovery for Youth and the MCLA Food Pantry!

With your help, a total of $3,728 was raised for this year's beneficiaries!

Sam Gomez 5K Race Map

Final Race Results for all participants are below!

Sam Gomez 5K Road Race Results

Sam Gomez 5K Virtual Road Race Results 

Picture of Sam Gomez 2022 Sponsors 

Race Registration

Interested in participating in the 44th annual Sam Gomez Road Race?

Register Here

Donation

If you would like to only donate to our two beneficiaries; Arts in Recovery for Youth and the MCLA Food Pantry

donate HERE

Participation Information

Virtual Participant

March 25 - April 1, 2022

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 and if you are in the area and would like to run or walk the official route, please see the map here. Do whatever works for you! - sidewalks, trails, treadmill. 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, a runner's medal, and a downloadable runner’s bib. *Tshirts and medals will be mailed during the week of 3/28/22. Tshirt size is not guaranteed if you register after 3/7/22.

When do I need to complete my run?  

You can complete your run anytime between March 25th and April 1, 2022.  Download our free race bib here.  


How do I track my distance and time?  

Runners can track their distance through any platform of their choosing ie. Polar Flow, Strava, RunKeeper, MapMyRun, etc. and submit their time on the Berkshire Running Center Virtual Race Time Submission Form here or on the top on their main website at berkshirerunningcenter.com. Please submit your time by 11:59pm on Friday, April 1st. Results will be posted on the Berkshire Running Center website and their Facebook page along with the MCLA Student Government Facebook page following the virtual and in person race events.

In Person Participant

April 2, 2022

ITINERARY

9:30am-10:30am         Registration/ Check-in in MCLA Campus Center 2nd Floor

10:30am                        Walkers/ Runners to the Starting Line at the corner of Church St. and Pleasant St.

11:00am                         Race Begins

12:30pm-1pm                Race Finishes with Finish Line in MCLA Hoosac Hall Parking Lot

1pm                                 Awards, Light Refreshments, and Closing Remarks

RACE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where can I park?  

Please reference our MCLA campus map here that shows available parking on campus. There will be signs and volunteers guiding runners to park in either our Hoosac Hall parking lot (building #10), *this is also where the race finish line will be, or our Freel Library parking lot (building #2).

When and where is check-in?  

Check-in will be located on the 2nd floor of the Amsler Campus Center (building #12). Check-in and registration for participants the day of will be from 9:30am-10:30am. *Registration will close at 10:30am to make sure runners are able to get to the starting line for the 11am start.

What is included with the in-person Sam Gomez Road Race registration?  

The in-person Sam Gomez Road Race registration comes with 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. Tshirt size is not guaranteed if you register after 3/7/22.

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?  

Berkshire Running Center (BRC) will be providing the runner bibs and timing chips to time all participants at check-in. Results will be available following the race and will be posted on the BRC website, Facebook page, and the MCLA Student Government Facebook page.

What is the COVID-19 mask madate/ protocol?  

Per MCLA's Covid-19 protocol, unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask within all indoor campus spaces. If you are vaccinated, masks are optional based on your personal choice.

 

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 $29,000 for Berkshire-based organizations over the last 17 years.

 

Past Beneficiaries

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 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