Martha's Vineyard, MA

Martha’s Vineyard is an island 7 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, and is a particularly popular summer destination. It is reachable by air or ferry. The year-round population is 16,000, but swells to more than 100,000 in summer. The island is known for its quaint villages, gorgeous beaches, the cliffs of Gay Head, and the agricultural interior areas of West Tisbury. Our running guide for Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts includes beachside trails, bike paths, state parks, and lovely residential areas, offering  a wide variety of options. Some highlights are South Beach State Park, waterfront views along East Chop Drive in Oak Bluffs, and Manuel F Correllus State Park for a nice, woodsy trail run.

Martha’s Vineyard is divided into six towns: Edgartown is the population center and largest commercial area, known for its whaling tradition; Oak Bluffs is more casual and lower key, known for its gingerbread cottages; Tisbury is home to Vineyard Haven and the ferry terminal; West Tisbury is the agricultural center; Chilmark includes the fishing village of Menemsha, and has the hilliest terrain; and Aquinnah is the location of Gay Head and the clay cliffs. There are bike paths in many sections of the island, especially connecting Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and out to South Beach. The Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) offers excellent bus service, especially in season, making possible one-way runs!

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Edgartown Tour

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Tony Edgartown is the historic and commercial center of Martha's Vineyard. Develop your own route incorporating Lighthouse Beach, whaling captains' homes along Water St. and the leafy side streets with quaint homes, shops, & inns.

Martha’s Island weather is similar to that of Cape Cod. It is heavily influenced by the ocean, and is quite different than Boston’s. Summer, the most popular season for visitors, is generally delightful, with less heat and humidity than most of the east coast. July-August average highs are in the high 70sF (25C), and nights are warm but not hot. Rainfall is less frequent than in Boston, due to fewer heat-driven thunderstorms. Fall is gorgeous, with pleasant, mild weather lingering into early November.

Hyannis weather chart

The ocean has a big influence in winter. It is generally damp and chilly, with cold winds. Nor’easter storms can be ferocious, although the Vineyard receives an average of only 25″ of snow a year. Many winter storms produce  a kitchen sink of snow, sleet, and rain. Spring can be frustrating, as the cool ocean and northeast winds can keep the skies cloudy and the temps cool well into May.

Group Runs

Amity Island Running Club Group runs in the summer time including “Thirsty Thursday” every Thursday at 5:30pm

Vineyard 20 Miler  Occurs during February for all skill levels

Amity Island 5K / August 6th 2017 starting at Farm Institute at Katama Farm

 Chillmark Road Race  August