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MCLA Student Government to Hold Virtual Sam Gomez Road Race April 10-17

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. —The MCLA Student Government Association’s annual Sam Gomez Road Race will take place virtually from April 10-17. This year’s race will benefit the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams.


Runners can register at This virtual race is flexible; simply complete your run any time between April 10 and 17 and post a photo to social media using #VirtualSamGomez and tag @MCLAStudentGovernment. Runners who register will receive a T-shirt and downloadable runner’s bib; a race medal is available for an additional fee. Runners don’t have to complete a full 5K (3.1 miles) to participate, and runs can take place anywhere, from trails to treadmills.


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 B&B Micro Manufacturing; Adams Community Bank; East Coast Refinishing & Surface Stripping, Inc.; Beck’s Printing Company; Greylock Federal Credit Union; the North Adams State College Class of 1986; Al’s Auto Body Works, Inc.; Gadja, Arnold & McConnell, PC; rK Miles; Monarch Realty, Inc.; Freight Yard Pub and Restaurant; Pure Haven – Autumn Wilson; Williamson Commercial Properties, LLC; and H.A. George Fuel.


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.


About MCLA:
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 125-year commitment to public education we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For eight of the last 10 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, as well as on the top 50 schools in U.S. News’ Social Mobility Ranking, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants.


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