About The Sightings

About - The Sightings

The Sightings is an event management company started and owned by Geoff Smith. Geoff started the company in 2011 with the collaboration of a fellow runner, Michael Keogh. Geoff is a two time winner of the Boston Marathon. Both he and Michael are former Olympians from the United Kingdom. Geoff presently resides in Massachusetts.

Geoff was born in Liverpool, England and became involved with running when he was a young man and a fireman in the Liverpool Fire Department.  In 1975, he found out the National Fire Brigade was sending a team to the European National Cross Country Championships.  Geoff wanted to try to make the team, so he trained, made the team, went to the championship and won.

This championship fueled his passion for running. While continuing his demanding job as a firefighter, Geoff joined the Liverpool Harriers and Athletic Club and learned everything he could about running and competing. His grit and determination led him to the ranks of the world class runners.

Having become a world class runner, Geoff was offered an opportunity to come to Providence College in Rhode Island, on a full scholarship. At Providence, he continued his training and went on to win the Boston Marathon in 1984 and 1985, along with many other events.

In 1990, Geoff fell and seriously injured his hip. The injury sidelined him while he had two hip replacements. During this time, Geoff tried other careers but his love of running never subsided. So in 2011, he and fellow Olympian, Michael Keogh, witnessing the running boom, that was happening, decided to use their background and experience to get back to what they loved, running – hence the birth of The Sightings, LLC.

The first event the Sightings held was “The Santa Sighting 5k” in New Bedford, MA.  This event has subsequently been held in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 The “Irish Hat 5K” was added and this year that event was on March 9th.

The success of the Santa Run and the Irish Hat 5k has led the Sightings to add eight additional events for 2014. The events that are being held in the next three months are shown on the left hand side of this home page. You can click on the event to register. The events tab will take you to a description of the event as well as the registration page for each event.

We look forward to seeing you at the events. If you have any question, go to the Contact Page and leave your contact information or give us a call. Happy running!


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