Editors, Vineyard Gazette:

The Save The Gay Head Lighthouse committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make the first annual Gay Head 10K, A Race Against Time, the resounding success that it was.

The race would not have been possible without our generous and supportive sponsors: Alley’s General Store, Conroy’s Apothecary, Crane Appliances, Cronig’s Market, Mansion House, Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, Nike, Tea Lane Associates, T-Bird Group, Smoke Signals, South Mountain, Vineyard Propane, WampWorx, and Wynn and Wynn. Thanks for in kind donations go to Araujo Brothers, Chilmark Chocolates, Coca Cola, Tilton Tents, MV Transport, Vineyard Bottled Water and Vineyard Grocer.

Volunteers came from every Island town and included the Aquinnah police and fire departments, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), police from all Island towns, Oak Bluffs fire department, Chilmark highway department, Massachusetts State Police, Tri-Town Ambulance, the regional high school cross country team, boys’ hockey team, and anyone else we may have inadvertently missed.

We want to thank Paula Peters for presenting the idea for the race to the committee. Her help in getting things started and providing pertinent information was very helpful. Joe and Marylee Schroeder added a wealth of information and help up to and during the race. And the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce also rallied for our cause.

Special thanks to Aquinnah police chief Randhi Belain and Jay and Zachary Smalley.

And of course, thanks to all the runners. Without your participation this could never have happened.

Martha Vanderhoop, Beverly Wright