Mattapoisett Road Race

The Mattapoisett Road Race committee met on April 26 to begin preparing for the 48th Independence Day Road Race that will be held on Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 9:00 am at Shipyard Park.

The race began back in 1971 when Bob Gardner and a few friends used his truck to start the 37 runners from Point Connett to the Town Beach. Forty-eight years later, the race continues despite the loss of Bob who passed away this year. In Bob’s words, “It was always about the kids … the money should go to the kids.” The Mattapoisett Road Race has given more than $100,000 in awards.

The committee would like to honor the memory of Bob Gardner and thank all the sponsors, volunteers and racers for continuing to support the road race.

Please visit our website for information regarding the race at

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