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 11,000 runners will gather in Woods Hole for the 2017 race, including many of the world's elite, though the essence of the event remains a fun run. 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.
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. "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. 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.