The course is mostly flat, with some rolling hills, and circles through the varied terrain of three Island towns. Starting at the Steamship Authority Terminal in Vineyard Haven, runners pass by the historic Gingerbread Cottages of Oak Bluffs, work their way along a barrier beach road that separates Nantucket Sound and the 700 acre Sengekontacket Pond, cross a section of Edgartown’s farming community, and finish back at the Oak Bluffs School with a trek through the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation's Manuel F. Correllus State Forest. It is mostly flat with a few hills around mile 2-3, some small hills in the forest section and the last 3 miles. If you are from hill country you wont even notice.
The course has been measured and sanctioned by the USATF. Miles are accurately placed and clearly marked. Most of the course is on bike paths and sidewalks, and we ask that runners do not run in the road when paths are available. The roads will be open to traffic.
Aid stations are located approximately every 2 miles with water and Gatorade. Aid stations will have First Aid Kits, and EMS will be standing by at the finish. If you need to drop out of the race, please do so at an aid station where a vehicle can be called to retrieve you. Rest rooms will be provided on the course at specific aid stations (see map).
For the safety of the runners, volunteers, and support staff, the course will close at 3:00pm (4 hours after the race starts - 12 minute mile pace). Any runner who does not complete the course by 3pm will do so at their own risk with the knowledge that course support and aid/water stations will be closed according to a 12 minute mile pace schedule. That being said, we will do our best to accommodate all runners.
We reserve the right to change the course, or cancel the race entirely if advised by authorities. In the event of race cancellation, for any reason, entry fees will not be refunded. The most up-to-date info can be found on our Facebook page at and through email.
Weather: The weather in February can be harsh! The first 10 miles run along the coast so it will most likely be windy and cold. Some years we start the race with dry pavement and end with 2+ inches of snow or rain, while in other years temps have reached the 50's! Please dress accordingly, after all, it is February in New England.
The race motto has always been: NO WEENIES!
The Martha's Vineyard 20-miler is a USATF Certified Course (MA17039JK). Mile markers are accurately placed along the course.
Men's Course Record
(Full 20 Mile Distance)
Patrick Moulton 1:48:34
Providence, Rhode Island (2010)
Women's Course Record
(Full 20 Mile Distance)
Sarah Nixon 2:04:22
Medfield, Massachusetts (2000)