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Falmouth Road Race

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The race is seven miles long and begins in front of the Woods Hole Community Center, near the drawbridge on Water Street. The first three miles are narrow, hilly, winding tree-shaded roads, while the last four miles are open on the flat right next to Martha’s Vineyard Sound. A small steep hill lets you know that you are beginning the last half-mile of the race. Once you crest the hill it is “all downhill” to the finish.

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Falmouth Road Race route

  • The race is seven miles long and begins in front of the Woods Hole Community Center, near the drawbridge on Water Street. The first three miles are narrow, hilly, winding tree-shaded roads, while the last four miles are open on the flat right next to Martha’s Vineyard Sound. A small steep hill lets you know that you are beginning the last half-mile of the race. Once you crest the hill it is “all downhill” to the finish.
  • Proceed out of Woods Hole, take a right onto Church Street, then wind around Nobska Lighthouse and continue along the hilly, tree-lined road.
  • At three miles you emerge from the woods and continue for 1.5 miles along the beach, next to the waters of Vineyard Sound
  • Turn left onto Shore Street and 400 yards later turn right onto Clinton Avenue
  • Turn left onto Scranton Avenue, 600 yards later turn right onto Robbins Road to the top of Falmouth Harbor
  • At the end of Robbins Road, turn right onto Falmouth Heights Road and continue until you once again see the ocean
  • Last turn left, head up hill to Falmouth Heights and down to the finish line along Grand Avene at Falmouth Heights Beach

Event Details

Overview

Registration open May 2019!

Falmouth residents and residential taxpayers: 1st May 9:00am - 7th May 11:59pm

General Registration: 8th May 9:00am - 17tth May 11:59pm

Wheelchair Duo Registration: ALL teams interested in being a part of the Wheelchair Duo program must register through our website, for random selection, between May 1st and May 17th.

What’s Included
  • Pulse start system
  • Post-race refreshments and picnic
  • Professional race photos
Raceday Logistics

Where do I pick up my race packet?

Race packets can only be picked up at the at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race Health & Fitness Expo located in the Falmouth High School Field House, 874 Gifford St. Falmouth, MA.

Number pick up

THERE IS NO NUMBER PICK UP ON RACE DAY.

Buses to the start: Arrive at Lawrence School, 113 Lakeview Ave. Your competitor number will get you on the bus. Buses run from 5:45 AM to 7:45 AM

Kit List

Wear comfortable running gear.

Spectators

Is transportation available for spectators?

There is a periodic Woods Hole / Falmouth shuttle called The Whoosh Trolley. Schedules are available at the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce at 20 Academy Lane in Falmouth and at many other locations along the route. Call 800-352-7155.

Where are spectators allowed to watch?

Best viewing (and parking) is available along Surf Drive near the four-mile mark. Appreciate, however, that your ability to move your family and your car from one mile-mark to another downstream is limited by the tight roads and crowded conditions on race day. Crowds build in downtown Falmouth from the five-mile mark through the finish at Falmouth Heights where a beach awaits!

Where should I plan to meet up with my runner after the race?

The Ball Field Area will have a designated Family Meeting Area with lettered signs – meet your runner under the sign for their last name or work out a pre-arranged location. The ball field can get very crowded with runners and friends.

FAQs

Is there a pacing requirement for the race?

We suggest that you train for a 15-minute per mile pace. If you cannot complete the race by 11:15 AM, you may find yourself finishing the race with traffic on the roads. Also, the finish area will be dismantled starting at 11:30 AM; therefore, you may not be timed officially and will not appear in the official results. If you cannot finish the race within that time frame, you must assume responsibility for your own safety.

How will the Pulse Start system affect me?

The goal of the pulse start system is to improve the running experience for all runners by reducing the number of runners starting at one time. The previous starting system of corrals and waves relied on upwards of 2,500 runners starting at the same time. The pulse start system eliminates corrals and wave starts and allows us to send a smaller group of people (approxiately 1,000) at a time.

I submitted a time for seeding within the first start, will this Pulse Start change my placement?

No! The “pulse start” system is for the non-seeded runners. Seeded runners are those with a pace of approximately 7:45/mile and faster, depending on the field, and provided that they submitted timely proof of that pace. Seeded runners are staged at the front of the starting area immediately behind the elite men and start at 9:00 AM sharp!

Can I use my iPod, MP3 player or headphones?

With 12,000 runners and a narrow, winding course, we recommend you leave your audio training aids behind. You’ll be better able to hear runners approaching to pass, our on-course entertainment, as well as hear safety announcements or emergency vehicles on the course.

Will bag check be available for this race?

The Mobile Locker Company will be at the Lawrence School offering individual lockers for a small fee. These lockers are on a first come, first served basis and will be moved to the ball field for items to be retrieved after the race. All items will be screened before entering lockers.

What is the Bike Valet program?

The Bike Valet program is available by online registration only. You can leave your bike in a secure area near the finish and catch a ride down to the start. Complimentary valet bicycle parking will be provided at the finish area of the race at the intersection of Grand Ave and Crescent Ave (across from the 10K mark on the race course), with shuttle service to the starting line for runners registered in the 2018 New Balance Falmouth Road Race. After the race, just pick up your bike at the Finish and pedal home immediately. This program is open until it has reached its capacity at 400 bikes.

Can I push a stroller?

Jogging strollers and hand-cycles are prohibited.

How many water and food stops will be located on the course?

A total of four (4) official Poland Springs water stops and one (1) Gatorade Rehydration Station will be located along the course.

Where can I find my race results?

You will be able to view your results on our website or via our mobile app the afternoon of the race.

How do I find my race photos after the race?

Please visit MarathonFoto to view your race photos. You will need your race number to access your photos. Please allow 48 hours after the race for photos to be identified and loaded.

Is there an awards ceremony?

Top 3 M/F finishers and top wheelchair M/F are celebrated at the finish line immediately after finishing. Age-group and Falmouth resident age group awards will be held in September for the top male and female in each category.

Falmouth Road Race weather forecast

Humid and mostly cloudy throughout the day.

80°F
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69°F
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IconLight breeze possible, up to 6mph

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