Answers to frequently asked questions about the race, the expo, and the weekend in general. If you want a personal answer or didn't find it here, please email the race firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What is included in the registration fee?
The registration fee for the 2014 New Balance Falmouth Road Race includes: entry to the race, an official race mug, an official race magazine, a commemorative New Balance goodie bag, free clinics, seminars and athlete signings at the Health & Fitness Expo, transportation to the start line, water and Gatorade on the race course, and a post-race party at the finish line.
How do I know if I'm registered?
Once your registration has been processed either as a Falmouth resident/taxpayer or as an accepted lottery participant, you will receive a confirmation email that will serve as your only confirmation of registration.
Is there a minimum age to register for the race?
You must be 7 years or older by race day to participate in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race to be held on Sunday, August 17, 2014. The Falmouth Walk, to be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, allows entrants of all ages.
Do I need to submit proof of time?
Although everyone is required to submit an anticipated pace during the registration process, only those runners who hope to qualify for the first two (fastest) start groups need to submit proof. If you do not submit a proof of time and your anticipated pace is fast enough (generally under 8:00/mile pace) to place you in the first or second start group, your anticipated pace will be disregarded and you will be randomly placed in one of the last 4 corrals.
How fast do I need to be for a first start group assignment?
Because there is a limited amount of space for the first start group as well as an ever-changing field, the pace requirement may vary from year to year. However, in general, a pace of 6:45/mile or faster is required for the first group and a pace of under 8:00/mile for the second group. Placing in a previous Falmouth Road Race does NOT guarantee placement in either of the two fastest starts. For instance, if you placed 207th in the 2013 race, you are not guaranteed a number assignment in the 200's because we seed based on submitted proof from any USATF sanctioned 10k or longer race within the previous calendar year.
What if I have a better proof of time than when I first registered?
Email proof before July 20, 2014. After July 20th, all numbers are assigned and we cannot change your corral.
Can my race registration be refunded?
No. We are sorry, but the registration fee for the race is non-refundable.
Is there a waiting list for numbers?
If I can’t run, can I give my number to a friend?
No, and if you do, you will not be allowed to run the following year.
How can I run for a charity?
You can go to the Numbers for NonProfits page and contact the charity you prefer.
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.
If I can't attend the race, can my race packet be mailed to me?
Unfortunately, we are unable to mail race packets, goodie bags, mugs, magazines, or posters.
Is Number / Packet Pick-Up available the day of the race?
No, all race packets must be picked up at the Expo and are not available the day of the race.
Do I need to bring anything with me to Packet Pick-Up?
To pick up your race packet, you must bring a Photo ID.
Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
Yes, the individual picking up on your behalf must know your race number, show his/her photo ID AND bring a copy or show a smartphone image of your Photo ID.
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 12:15 p.m., you may find yourself finishing the race with traffic on the roads. Also, the finish area will be dismantled starting at 12:30 p.m., 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.
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?
If my friend or family member is assigned to a different corral, can we change corrals?
Corral placement is based on each individual’s anticipated finish time. The person placed in the faster corral is allowed to move back to a slower corral, but no one is allowed to move forward.
How many water and food stops will be located on the course?
A total of six (6) Poland Springs water stops and one (1) Gatorade Rehydration Station will be located along the course.
Which timing splits will be provided?
Clocks are located at each mile marker. Final race completion time for all corrals except the FIRST will be chip time. The FIRST Corral will be hand time.
Where can I find my race results?
You will be able to view your results online the evening of the race.
How do I find my race photos after the race?
Please visit Marathon Foto 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 loaded.
Is there an awards ceremony?
Yes, top finisher awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony at approximately 11:30 am on the ball field near the finish. Age group and Falmouth resident age group awards will be held in September.
Is the Finish Line area accessible to everyone?
There are limited viewing areas for spectators at the finish line. Currently, the ball field is accessible to everyone. Please refrain from bringing bags or packages to the finish line area. You can greet your runner at the designated Family Meeting Area along the north side of the ball field, under the letter of your last name.
Is there a lost and found?
Yes, items that have been turned in to a race volunteer will be kept at the Information Tent on the ball field. After the race these items will be held at the Race office at 661 Main St. Falmouth.
Can I buy official race merchandise at the finish line area?
Yes. Official race merchandise is available at the New Balance Tent on the ball field.
Can I purchase additional vouchers for the food and beverage stations at the party?
No. The refreshments are for runners only. Please refrain from taking more than you need or taking extra for family members. They are welcome to bring their own refreshments or purchase snacks from the vendors in the area.
Is event transportation provided?
New Balance Falmouth Road Race bus transportation has been arranged for race participants to get to Woods Hole. Please visit the Runner Race Day page for more details. Access to Woods Hole and will be restricted per order of the Falmouth Police Dept. Course and finish line parking, although tight, is available within a short walk.
How do I get to the race start?
New Balance Falmouth Road Race provides buses to Woods Hole from Lawrence School, 113 Lakeview Ave. from 6:45 am to 8:45 am. Do not wat for the last bus or you may not get to the start in time.
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.
What is the best way to contact the New Balance Falmouth Road Race Team?
Email, call us at 508-540-7000, or stop by to see us at 661C Main Street in downtown Falmouth.
Are there opportunities to volunteer?
Yes, for information on volunteer opportunities at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, please email or call Nicole at 508-540-7000.