Sam Gomez 5k Charity Road Race

History of Sam Gomez Road Race  

runners stretchingThe Sam Gomez Road Race is one of the oldest races in Berkshire County and has been a successful North Adams tradition for 41 years thanks to the generosity of our loyal sponsors and the support of the local running community.

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 $27,000 for Berkshire-based organizations over the last 16 years.

Past Beneficiaries

2020 Elizabeth Freeman Center
2018 Growing Healthy Garden Program
2017 National Alliance on Mental Illness
2016 Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club
2015 United Neighborhood Organization (North Adams Association)     
2014 Northern Berkshire YMCA Youth Programs
2013 Windsor Lake Playground Project
2012 Friendship Center Food Pantry
2011 Williamstown Youth Center
2010 Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)
2009 Northern Berkshire YMCA Youth Programs
2008 Northern Berkshire YMCA Youth Programs
2007 Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)
2006 Berkshire Food Project
2005 Elder Services of the Berkshires
2004 Louison House - Adams
2003 Habitat for Humanity (Northern Berkshire)
2002 KID's Place - Berkshire Advocacy Group
2001 River Street Playground - North Adams
2000 The Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)
1999 Magic Seasons Day Care Center
1998 The Northern Berkshire United Way
1997 The Berkshire Food Project
1996 The Greylock Neighborhood Project
1995 The North Adams Playground Project
1994 The Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)

runner during race
1993 The Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)
1992 North Adams "Kid's Choice Summer Playground Program
1991 The Heather Fischlein Scholarship Fund (MCLA)
1990 The Berkshire Food Project
1989 The Church Outreach to Youth Project (COTY)
1988 The Northern Berkshire United Way
1987 The Northern Berkshire United Way
1986 The Northern Berkshire United Way
1985 The Rape Crisis Center (Pittsfield)
1984 "A Child's Wish Come True