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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. The best running on Martha’s Vineyard includes beachside trails, bike paths, state parks, and lovely residential areas, offering  a wide variety of options.

The best places to run on Martha’s Vineyard are South Beach State Park, waterfront views along East Chop Drive in Oak Bluffs, the bike path along State Beach, and Manuel F Correllus State Park for a nice, woodsy trail run.

Martha’s Vineyard is divided into six towns: Toney Edgartown is the population center and largest commercial area, known for its whaling tradition; Oak Bluffs is festive and rambunctious, known for its gingerbread cottages; Tisbury is home to Vineyard Haven Harbor and the island’s year-round 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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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.

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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.

Martha’s Vineyard is a major tourist destination, so there’s a big choice of places to stay…just don’t expect big hotels. The three most popular areas to stay are in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, and Vineyard Haven.

Vineyard Visitor, a great source of information for all things Vineyard, has put together a comprehensive list of places to stay on the island. See their page here.



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

Vineyard Visitor has a great calendar of events on the Vineyard, across all sorts categories of activities. Here’s a link to their ‘sports and events’ calendar!

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