Good Harbor Beach
The sounds of seagulls calling in the wind and the waves rushing in along the shoreline will be familiar sounds by the time you reach the finish line at Gloucester’s Twin Lights Half Marathon, which is set along the Massachusetts North Shore coastline.
Along the way, the seashore will be visible for most of the race’s 13.1-mile route, as runners get an up-close and personal look at several of the sights that have deep roots in the nation’s maritime history.
Known as “America’s oldest seaport,” Gloucester dates its history all the way back to 1623, when it was founded by an expedition chartered by England’s King James I and later became one of the earliest settlements of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the earliest of the English colonies in the “New World.” Ever since, the city and the Cape Ann area have been an important shipbuilding and fishing center.
The Gloucester area also is known as one of New England’s premier art colonies, as it has attracted some of the country’s best-known painters and sculptors including Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and others. Today, many artists live among the area’s full-time residents and show their works in the city’s bevy of art galleries all along the city’s downtown streets.
The Twin Lights Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile out and back course that begins at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester and leads runners along the seacoast of Cape Ann and through beautiful downtown Rockport. The seashore will be visible for most of the race's route and allows runners a close-up of many quaint views of some of New England's most spectacular scenery.
The race will start in the Good Harbor Beach parking lot. Runners will exit the lot, and turn right to go north to follow Route 127A through downtown Rockport, continue north on Route 127 along the seacoast for a few more miles and loop around in Pigeon Cove and return south on 127 along the coast to finish inside Good Harbor Beach.
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