Virtual Sam Gomez Road Race Runs April 30-May 3

NORTH ADAMS, MASS.—MCLA’s Student Government Association (SGA) will be hosting the first-ever Virtual Sam Gomez Road Race from 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. The race will begin in conjunction with MCLA's virtual Take Back the Night event on April 30 to stand against sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence and to continue to support the Elizabeth Freeman Center.

Participants are not required to register. Simply run or walk a 5K of your choice the weekend of May 1 and submit a photo of yourself on the run to to receive an e-certificate to commemorate your race. You can also post your photo on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #virtualsamgomez. Additional donations to the Elizabeth Freeman Center will also be encouraged through SGA’s donation page.

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The Sam Gomez Road Race is one of the oldest races in Berkshire County and has been a successful North Adams tradition for 41 years, thanks to the generosity of our loyal sponsors and the support of the local running community.

The organizations sponsoring this year’s race are:

Gold: Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP

Silver: Adams Community Bank; Bright Ideas Brewing; rk Miles; Sawyer, LLC

Bronze: Beck’s Printing Company, Inc.; Countryside Landscape Services; Gajda, Arnold & McConnell PC; Liberty Mutual; LOK, Inc. D/B/A Angelina's Sub Shop; Mount Williams Greenhouses Inc.; Peter Jones Trophies; Souliere & Zepka Construction, Inc.; Wild Oats Market

Other Sponsors: H.A. George & Sons Fuel Corp

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 $27,000 for Berkshire-based organizations over the last 16 years.