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Newest Summer (Mega?) Race Slated for Gloucester, MA

DMSE Announces First ‘Run
Gloucester! 7-Mile Road Race’
in Scenic Cape Ann in Massachusetts on
Aug. 22

 

Run Gloucester 7-Mile
creates ‘trifecta’ of major road
races along New England shorelines
on consecutive August weekends

 

GLOUCESTER,
Mass
. (May 27,
2010) ‰ÛÓ 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, Mass.

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.
, based in North Andover, Mass.
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.

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