Welcome to the 40th Running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race
SCHEDULE OF WEEKEND EVENTS
Number and Gift Pick-Up: Falmouth High School Field House, 874 Gifford St., Thurs., 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be no number or gift pick-up on race day. New Balance will be selling official race merchandise during number pick-up hours and, if not sold out, at the New Balance tent on the ball field on race day.
Health and Fitness Expo: Falmouth High School Field House, 874 Gifford St., featuring athletic-wear exhibits and information from various health and fitness experts, as well as displays by our title sponsor and apparel and footwear sponsor New Balance and other sponsors and companies. The Expo is open in conjunction with all Number pick-up hours.
The Falmouth Walk: The 22nd Annual Falmouth Walk will take place on Saturday, August 11, at 10:00 a.m. from Falmouth Town Hall Square. The distance is 3.2 miles. This year's walk will benefit several Falmouth charities including: Around the Table Meals Program, the Falmouth Military Support Group, the Haven for Healing, and the Ellen T. Mitchell Scholarship Fund. The entry fee will be $20 per person. Registration will start on Friday evening, August 10, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Quarterdeck Restaurant, 164 Main Street in Falmouth across the street from Town Hall. It will resume again on Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until a few minutes before the walk begins at 10 a.m.
Health and Fitness Seminars: Falmouth High School Auditorium, 874 Gifford St. Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. Traditional or Minimal- All your footwear questions answered Presented by Matt Captstick, New Balance New England Trackster, Warren Greene Brand Editor and Shoe Guru, Runners World. 1 p.m. Course Strategy with Road Racing Legends: Featuring Joanie Samuelson, Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Rod Dixon and Craig Virgin.
Meet Past Champions: Saturday, August 11, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Expo — Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers, Joan Samuelson, Craig Virgin, Rod Dixon, Colleen De Reuck, Craig Blanchette and Krige Schabort. See race website for up-to-date information.
Invitational New Balance Falmouth Mile and Tommy Cochary High School Mile: Saturday, August 11, 6:00 p.m. Falmouth High School Track, 874 Gifford Street. The Invitational Mile features prize money and bonuses to the men who break 3:58 and women who break 4:33. New for 2012, men’s and women’s wheelchair mile! Free admission with music, giveaways and fun for the whole family!
SUNDAY, AUG. 12 – Race Day
Parking: Please avoid parking on private property. If you park close to a business that will be open, your car may be towed. You may try the Mullen-Hall and Morse Pond Schools, Town Hall, the public lot near the library, and the Homeport office complex on Gifford Street. Allow extra time, traffic is very heavy on race weekend.
Limited Access to Woods Hole: Access to the start area in Woods Hole will be strictly controlled and there is NO PARKING available. Only official vehicles will be allowed to drive to Woods Hole. Do not try to drive to the start, take the FREE buses provided by the race. Unregistered runners will not be allowed on the buses.
Buses to the Start: Lawrence Junior High School, 113 Lakeview Ave. Your 2012 competitor number will get you on the bus. Buses run from 6:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. DO NOT wait for the last bus or you may not get to the start on time. The race will begin at 10 a.m. sharp.
Unregistered Runners cause many problems: they disrupt the start, crowd the course, infringe on the rights of official runners and cause congestion at the finish and on the ball field. Please try to discourage anyone who plans to run unofficially. We realize many want to run, and we would like to accommodate everyone, but the narrow course, large number of runners and congestion forces us to limit the number of runners we can accept. We hope you will discourage “crashers.”
Toilet Facilities: There will be numerous portable toilets where the buses are boarding and throughout the start and finish areas. Please be considerate of private property and use the portable toilets. There will also be toilet facilities along the course, around two, two-and-a-half, and three miles.
Water: Poland Spring water will be available at the start, along the course, and at the finish.
Gatorade: Gatorade will be available at the official Gatorade rehydration station at mile four and at the finish.
Number Assignment: Your number and its color designate your starting group. Please wear your number on the front of your shirt. Do not fold or bend your number, bending or folding your number will damage the imbedded timing device, potentially resulting in not being recorded as having finished the race.
PLEASE DO NOT SWITCH OR GIVE AWAY YOUR NUMBER. This creates problems in compiling the age-group results, especially if a male uses a female number or if a young runner uses a number assigned to an older runner. If you cover or alter your number, sell it or give it away, you will be disqualified and may be rejected from future races.
Start Corrals: 1- 10 a.m., WHITE (1-500); 2- immediately after, LT. BLUE (501-2700); 3- 10:04 a.m., GREEN (2701-4900); 4- 10:10 a.m., PINK (4901-7100); 5- 10:15 a.m., ORANGE (7101-9300); 6- 10:20 a.m., BLUE (9301- 13200).
Find your assigned group. The color, as well as the corral number on your bib indicates your start group. The B-tag imbedded in your number is programmed to compensate for the different starting times in computing the official results. You may choose to start with a slower group than the one you've been assigned, but you may NOT start with a faster group. Your group and your number within that group were assigned by computer, based on the 10k time or greater you submitted on your entry or your 2011 or 2010 Falmouth time.
Stretching Clinic: In Woods Hole, 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., at the Bell Tower Lane field off Millfield Street near where the buses will drop you off. Watch for signs when you get off the bus. This free clinic is provided by Cape Cod Rehabilitation.
THERE ARE NO BUSES TO TAKE YOUR CLOTHING FROM THE START TO THE FINISH.
Please Note: For safety and liability reasons, and in accordance with U.S.A. Track and Field sanction requirements, the use of headphones, including ear buds, is discouraged. Baby strollers, skates, and bicycles are prohibited from the course during the race. If you’re running with friends, please don’t run more than two abreast and impede runners who may want to pass.
Important: 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.
Finish Procedure: There will be a clock at the finish so you will be able to note your time. Special 40th running medals will be given out to all official runners shortly after the finish line. At the end of the finish area, turn left, where plenty of Poland Spring water will be available. Please do not stop in this area or try to come back along the finish area. Move ahead to the ball field for refreshments and entertainment.
Post-Race Refreshments and Picnic: Free refreshments are for registered runners, compliments of New Balance, Poland Spring, Gatorade, Stop and Shop, Cape Cod Chips, Kayem, French’s Mustard, Yasso Greek Frozen Yogurt, and Ocean Spray. Entertainment provided by Flydown Band and Walrus Gumboot.
Meeting Your Family after the race: You may meet by the lettered signs along the North side of the field under the letter that matches your last name. For lost-and-found or assistance on the ball field, visit the Information Tent. If you need to go back to Woods Hole after the race, take the WHOOSH Trolley from the Falmouth Mall or Main Street. Visit www.capecodtransit.org for schedule.
The Awards Ceremony will begin on the ball field on or around 11:30 a.m.
Recycling will be conducted at all events, thanks to Athletes for a Fit Planet and Cavossa Disposal.
Official Road Race Merchandise, if not sold out at number pick-up, can be purchased on race day at the New Balance tent on the ball field.
Race Results will be posted directly after the race on our web site: www.FalmouthRoadRace.com.
Age-Group Awards are NOT announced at the awards ceremony. These awards will be mailed to the winners after the results have been checked and verified, which may take several weeks.
Thanks for joining us. Have a wonderful weekend and a good race!
Special thanks to our supporters, 2,000-plus volunteers, our staff and the residents of Falmouth.