The 49th annual Falmouth Road Race will take off on Sunday August 15th in person! The event is a premier event of the running season and features
a field of both elite and recreational runners. Established in 1973, the road race’s 7-mile course winds through Woods Hole, passing scenic Nobska Light, Surf Drive Beach, and Falmouth Harbor.
As well as being a fun event to get out and get your heart pumping, the race helps to raise money for a number of nonprofits and causes. The non-profit race organization helps to promote health and fitness through community programs and philanthropic giving. In addition, the race’s charity running teams help to raise funds for 164 charities and organizations, while also raising awareness about the causes they represent. Since 2000 the race has raised $45 million with charity partners.
While the event is back in person this year, it is scaled back from a typical Falmouth Road Race. Instead of the usual field of 12,800 runners this year’s field will be capped at 8,000. The race organization strongly recommends that runners, volunteers, staff, and other attendees are vaccinated. Masks will be required when social distancing isn’t possible, and when indoors, though they will not be required when racers are on the course. Spectators and runners won’t be permitted to gather on the ballfield this year, and races will get a grab and go bag with snacks and water when they finish the race.
The race starts will be staggered, organized by pace groups. The Pulse start system records racers times from when they cross the start line to the finish line, so the start doesn’t need to be too congested! Don’t forget that bibs need to be picked up before race day! Motorists may want to avoid the area, as traffic will be heavy, and the ferry schedules may be disrupted. Runners can’t drive to the start, so be sure to take full advantage of the free bus shuttle from Lawrence School to Woods Hole.
General registration filled up by June 10th this year, though racers could still join a charity team to run with. Many charities are based in Falmouth and the Cape, while others represent groups across Massachusetts. They represent a wide range of causes and organizations.
While this year’s race will be a fun return to the in-person race, organizers are looking forward to next year, the 50th year of the road race! They hope that it will be a big, crowded event, and a fun celebration of this Falmouth tradition!