New Balance Falmouth Road Race
August 20, 2017
Woods Hole, Massachusetts – Falmouth, Massachusetts
The New Balance Falmouth Road Race was established in 1973 and has become one of the premier running events of the summer season. Sponsored by New Balance, the race is one of the showcase events in distance running and woven into the fabric of summer on Cape Cod, like Fourth of July fireworks and Labor Day weekend cookouts. Each year the race draws an international field of Olympians, elite runners and recreational runners out to enjoy the scenic 7-mile seaside course, though the essence of the event remains a fun run. It is seven miles simply because that was the distance from the Captain Kidd in Woods Hole to Tommy’s workplace, The Brothers Four, in Falmouth Heights. “The little race that could” belongs to Falmouth. It was first held on a Wednesday afternoon because it was our founder Tommy Leonard’s birthday.
The New Balance Falmouth Road Race celebrates its 45th running this year and the spirit which made the first Falmouth so special is still present today. More than 12,000 runners will gather in Woods Hole for the 2017 race, to be cheered on by an estimated 75,000 spectators that line the course. Back-of-the-pack joggers share the road with the best, forming a tapestry of colors from the start on Water Street to the finish at the beach in Falmouth Heights.
The race 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.
About the Falmouth Road Race Organization: The non-profit Falmouth Road Race organization is dedicated to promoting health and fitness for all in its community. Proceeds from the race each year support youth athletic programs in the town of Falmouth and other non-profit community groups.
For more information please visit: www.falmouthroadrace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.main