Elite Athletes

The New Balance Falmouth Road Race invites world-class runners from the U.S. and abroad in an effort to create a diverse and exciting elite field. 

Athletes who wish to compete at Falmouth in the elite field:

  • Must have run a 10K in 29:00 or faster for men, 
  • 35:00 or faster for women, 
  • Comparable times for events greater than 10K are also accepted,
  • Must complete and submit an Elite Athlete Invitation Request form no later than June 29th
  • Must be invited by the race, and
  • Must be PED-free.

The New Balance Falmouth Road Race Travel Policy is as follows:

  • Top 5 Open men and Top 5 American men, up to $750 of domestic travel reimbursed,
  • Top 5 Open women and Top 5 American women, up to $750 of domestic travel reimbursed,
  • Travel dates must be Aug 17, 2016 - Aug 22, 2016, and
  • A Travel Reimbursement Request form MUST be completed and submitted, along with receipts, to the race no later than two weeks after Race Day. (Please note: travel/flight itinerary is not acceptable.) 
To request an invite to run in the 2016 New Balance Falmouth Road Race, please complete this form.

2016 Invited Athlete timeline:

January 1 - June 29: Invitation Requests accepted here.

July 5 - 10: Notification of invited athletes emailed out.

July 1 - July 31: Invited athletes must submit travel information/itinerary to race

August 18 - August 22: Housing available to invited athletes

Questions? Please contact the race staff at invitedathletes@falmouthroadrace.com.

2015 winners:

  • Stephen Sambu, Kenya, 32:17; Diane Nukuri, Burundi, 36:47
  • First U.S. citizen, Sam Chelanga, Tucson, AZ, 32:21 (4th overall)
  • Sara Hall, Flagstaff, AZ, 37:10 (2nd overall)
  • Wheelchairs, men: James Senbeta, Savoy, IL, 24:32
  • Wheelchairs, women: Tatyana McFadden, Clarksville, MD, 26:27* CR

Course records:

  • Men: 31:08 - Gilbert Okari, Kenya, 2004
  • Women: 35:02 - Lornah Kiplagat, Kenya, 2000
  • Wheelchairs, men: 23:32 - James Senbeta, Savoy, IL, 2014
  • Wheelchairs, women: 26:27 - Tatyana McFadden, Clarksville, MD, 2015


When to Arrive:

For best arrangements and ease of travel, flights should be booked so you will arrive in Falmouth as early as possible on the Friday before the race, August 19, and leave on Monday morning, August 22. The Race Awards Ceremony is over by 11:30 AM on Sunday, but please note that it will take more than three hours to get to Boston on a summer Sunday afternoon and scheduling a late Sunday afternoon departure may not be practical. We strongly recommend staying until Monday.


How to get to Falmouth:

All flights should be booked into Boston's Logan Airport (or Providence's T.F. Green Airport). Peter Pan Bus Lines runs a direct bus from LOGAN AIRPORT to Falmouth (it may say Woods Hole on the front of the bus) on a regular basis. Buses from Providence are less frequent and take longer, so it is much better to fly into Boston. You will have to pay for your bus ticket for which you will be reimbursed. Schedule link is included. The bus you want to take is marked "Woods Hole." That is its final destination, but you will get off in downtown Falmouth, and call the race office 508-540-7000. We will come to pick you up at the bus station.


Accommodations in Falmouth:

We will be able to provide housing for selected elite athletes in private homes, but this will be decided on a case-by-case basis with preference given to those who contact us before July 1. All athletes who have been promised housing should arrive in Falmouth on Friday, or no later than 6 PM on Saturday in order to be housed. Please do not bring unexpected guests as we can NOT house spouses, coaches, or friends.