NORTH ADAMS, MASS.— The MCLA Student Government Association’s 44th annual Sam Gomez Road Race will be a hybrid event this year, with an interactive virtual race from March 25-April 1 and an in-person event on April 2.
With the help of loyal sponsors and runners, SGA has raised around $30,000 for Berkshire-based organizations over the past 18 years. This year, SGA has chosen two organizations to be the beneficiaries: Arts in Recovery for Youth and the MCLA Food Pantry.
Runners can register at mcla.edu/samgomez. Community members can also donate to these organizations if they would like. The April 2 race kicks off at 11 a.m., with check-in from 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. on the second floor of the MCLA Campus Center in the Achievement Lounge.
Virtual runners can complete their run any time between March 25 and April 1. Runners will be emailed a link to submit their virtual time through the Berkshire Running Center submission form. Runners are asked to post a photo to social media using #SamGomez2022 and tag @MCLAStudentGovernment. Runners who register will receive a T-shirt and a race medal.
The 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. This year’s race sponsors are Donovan O’Connor & Dodig LLP; 360Berkshire Realty Group.; Adams Community Bank; Becks Printing Company, Inc.; Greylock Federal Credit Union; MacFarlane Office Products, Inc.; rk Miles; Gajda, Arnold & McConnell; PC, H.A. George & Son’s Fuel Corporation; and Souliere & Zepka Construction, Inc.
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.
At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate our students as individuals, as leaders, communicators, fully empowered to make their impressions on the world. In addition to our 127-year commitment to public education, we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For nine of the last 11 years, MCLA has been named a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA also appears on the organization’s list of top National Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Since the list was created, MCLA has risen to #21 as a Top Performer on Social Mobility and ranks first among all Massachusetts schools, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants.
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