The last mile is a tough uphill climb. The scenery is breathtaking.

In October Aquinnah celebrates the beauty of the season with a run — a long, heart-pounding, foot stomping, lung expanding, sweat drenching run. Ten kilometers to be exact.

Get your sneakers on for the Gay Head 10K, created in 2013 to help raise money for the Gay Head Light. This year’s run is on Sunday, Oct. 1, beginning at 11 a.m.

The road race was created after the moving of the lighthouse, and funds raised from the event continue to sustain and preserve the lighthouse.

The race is considered unique for its length; there are many 5K races, half-marathons and marathons out there. But a 10K lets the runner stretch the legs a bit longer.

The route begins at the lighthouse, then heads down State Road past the Aquinnah Town Hall, the Aquinnah Public Library and Wampanoag tribal lands, up Moshup Trail, along the beach, and back to the lighthouse.

Entries are capped at 500. For more information and to register, visit