Race Day 2017:
Sunday, August 20th at 9:00 AM
Welcome to the 45th Running of the
New Balance Falmouth Road Race
8:00 AM Mobility Impaired & Wheelchair Duo Early Start
8:40 AM Wheelchair Start & Wheelchair Duo
8:50 AM Elite Women Start
9:00 AM Elite Men & Open Start
For the third year, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race will again using the “Pulse Start” system as an improved plan to start large numbers of runners within a venue site of limited size. This system is possible due to use of chip timing, that allows for all runners to receive an accurate time based on their crossings of the official start and finish lines. The “Pulse Start” has received excellent industry-wide runner feedback.
Goal: to give every runner the best experience possible
- This includes the ability now to run from the start with less congestion on the course
- Pulse intervals within each pace group are set at time intervals [approx. 2 minutes between] thus allowing for less congestion at the Start and on the course
- Each pace group will have multiple pace starts
- Multiple pace signs will be posted along Water Street to help guide runners to their approximate start position
SCHEDULE OF WEEKEND EVENTS
Health & 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 will be open in conjunction with all Number Pick-up hours.
The 2017 Falmouth Walk: The 27th Annual Falmouth Walk will take place on Saturday, August 19th, at 10:00 AM from Falmouth Town Hall Square. The distance is 3.2 miles. The Walk benefits several Falmouth charities. The entry fee is $20 per person. Registration will start on Friday evening, August 18th, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Quarterdeck Restaurant, 164 Main Street in Falmouth, across the street from Town Hall. It will resume again on Saturday morning from 8:00 AM until a few minutes before the walk begins at 10:00 AM.
Saturday afternoon on the FHS track:
17th annual SBLI Family Fun Run: The SBLI Family Fun Run will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM at the track at Falmouth High School. Online registration will be open June 1st – August 18th. New this year: Bib number and t-shirt pickup as well as on-site registration is available at the Health & Fitness Expo!
2017 THE AETNA FALMOUTH ELITE MILE at the Falmouth High School James Kalperis Track
Free admission and fun for the whole family!
SUNDAY, AUG. 20, 2017 – 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. Important Parking Alert: There will be NO parking on Worcester Court per the Town of Falmouth.
NO Access to Woods Hole: Access to the start area in Woods Hole will be strictly controlled by Public Safety and there is NO PARKING available and NO BOAT DROP-OFFS per Public Safety Officials. Only official vehicles will be allowed to drive to Woods Hole. Do not try to drive to the Start, take the FREE buses from Lawrence School on Lakeview Street provided by the race. Unregistered runners will not be allowed on the buses.
No Baggage Will be Allowed in the Start Area or on Buses per order of the Falmouth Police Department. Please do not bring any baggage or extra clothing on the buses or to the start area. We will be offering bag check via The Mobile Locker Company. Read more…
Buses to the Start: Arrive at Lawrence School, 113 Lakeview Ave. Your 2017 competitor number will get you on the bus. Buses run from 5:45 AM to 7:45 AM. DO NOT wait for the last bus or you may not get to the start on time. The Wheelchair Division will be the first start of the day at 8:40 AM followed by the Elite women’s start at 8:50 AM. The Elite men and first pulse will start at 9:00 AM.
Bike Valet Program: 2017 is the third year of our Bike Valet Program to allow runners to leave a bicycle in Falmouth Heights. Easy return to Lawrence School, your home, or where you’re staying Race Weekend.
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.
Race Numbers: 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 embedded timing device, with the potential of not being recorded as having completed the race. If your pre-printed emergency contact sticker is missing, please complete the emergency information form on the back of your number at your earliest convenience.
*There is no number pick-up on race day*
*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 UNABLE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2017 RACE.
Pulse Start times: Please see information at the top of this page.
Find your assigned pace group: Your pace time indicates your start group. 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.
The Mobile Locker Company will offer locker rentals at the Lawrence School. Rent online in advance or onsite for cash or credit and you will receive a key and a sticker with your locker items to be retrieved near the finish area.
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 11:15 AM, you may find yourself finishing the race with traffic on the roads. Also, the finish area will be dismantled starting at 11:30 AM, 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 that will display the time from the 9:00 AM first pulse start. 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 & Shop, Health Warrior, Yasso, Muscle Milk, Cape Cod Potato Chips, Kayem, French’s Mustard, and Ocean Spray.
Meeting Your Family After the Race: You may want to 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 a schedule.
Recycling will be conducted at all events, thanks to Cavossa Disposal.
Official Road Race Merchandise, if not sold out at the Health & Fitness Expo, can be purchased at the New Balance factory store. Please call stores directly with questions regarding inventory.
New Balance Factory Store
173 Market St, Brighton, MA 02135
Race Results will be posted by 2:00 PM after the race on our website: www.FalmouthRoadRace.com and will be available on the 2017 Falmouth Road Race app.
Please visit MarathonFoto.com, our Official Photographer, to view your 2017 New Balance Falmouth Road Race runner photos! They are typically available 1-2 days after the race.
Age-Group and Falmouth Age-Group Awards will be distributed to the winners at a party at the Coonamessett Inn on September 26th at 7:00 PM. Winners will be notified after the results have been checked, which may take up to two weeks. Thank you for your patience with the resident verification process!
Visit our FAQs page or firstname.lastname@example.org for other race-related questions. Have a great race!