The New Balance booth, selling official race apparel and the latest athletic shoes,
is among over 50 vendors at the Falmouth Road Race Health & Fitness Expo.
Thursday, August 13th
Friday, August 14th
Saturday, August 15th
Sunday, August 16th RACE DAY
All Expo events will take place at the Special Events stage unless otherwise noted.
Jeff Dardenne, FAST (Falmouth Area Sports Training): Jeff Dardenne is a coach, licensed physical therapist assistant, a performance enhancement specialist, a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach, and team trainer for the Cape Cod Swim Club. He has worked with the Northeast Olympic Development Academy, Boston Bruins, New England Revolution, Bryant College, and Falmouth High School, among others. Dardenne has been a competitive mountain biker, and also enjoys rugby, lacrosse, and skiing.
Paul C. Clerici: A freelance journalist, writer, photographer, former newspaper editor and dedicated runner, Paul Clerici has competed as a runner at nearly every distance from the mile to the marathon—including the Boston Marathon more than 20 years in a row. He spent many childhood summers in Falmouth, and has run the race several times. Clerici’s latest book, “A History of the Falmouth Road Race,” was published in July. His previous books include “History of the Greater Boston Track Club” and “Boston Marathon History by the Mile.”
Karen Rinaldo: In addition to the 2015 edition, artist Karen Rinaldo designed the race posters from 2002-2004. Raised in Worcester, she has spent summers in Falmouth since the 1960s and moved here full-time in 1972. She owns Karen Rinaldo Gallery on Clinton Avenue at the entrance to Falmouth Harbor, from which she often watches and photographs the race as it passes.
Dick and Rick Hoyt: Unable to walk or speak after being born a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, Rick Hoyt was a teen-ager when he asked his father, Dick, to push him in his wheelchair in their first road race, back in 1977. They have since completed the Boston Marathon 32 times, and done six Ironman triathlons. After more than 1,000 races, which have inspired millions around the world, the Hoyts return to Falmouth for the 36th time—their longest consecutive streak at any race.
Rebecca Pacheco: A Falmouth native who began practicing yoga at the age of 16, Rebecca Pacheco had careers in both education and marketing before becoming an international yoga teacher creating the popular yoga and wellness site, Om Gal. In 2013 she taught the first-ever yoga class in Fenway Park, to benefit the Red Sox Foundation, and has twice run the Boston Marathon.
Robert Huggins, Ph.D.: Vice President of Research and Elite Athlete Health and Performance at the Korey Stringer Institute, housed in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Huggins specializes in athlete performance in the heat. He has worked in the medical tent at Falmouth since 2010, treating runners suffering from exertional heat stroke. He has also worked with the Boston Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, the New York Giants, and the 2014 Portugal Federation World Cup Soccer Team. The Korey Stringer Institute honors the legacy of the Minnesota Vikings football player who died in 2001 of exertional heat stroke.
Dave McGillivray: The founder, CEO, and president of DMSE, Inc., Dave McGillivray serves as race director of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race. Since 1981, he has overseen more than 900 major running and sporting events, and is also race director of the Boston Marathon. Widely regarded as one of the top race directors in the nation, McGillivray has also run across the U.S. twice for charity, and last year completed the Ironman World Championship in Kona to benefit the MR8 Foundation, named in honor of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Meb Keflezighi: Since arriving in this country as a 12-year-old fleeing with his family from war-torn Eritrea, the man known simply as “Meb” became a U.S. citizen in 1998 and just six years later came home from Athens as the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon. By 2009, many thought his career was winding down, but he proved the doubters wrong by becoming the first American man to win the New York City Marathon since 1982; in 2014, he helped heal the nation’s wounds a year after the Boston Marathon bombing by becoming the first American man to break that hallowed tape since 1983. Last May, Meb turned 40—which means that he will be among the favorites to win the master’s division in Falmouth this year, while also still challenging in the open division.
Tatyana McFadden: An 11-time Paralympic medalist, Tatyana McFadden returns to the New Balance Falmouth Road Race as defending champion in the women’s wheelchair division. McFadden is also a three-time winner of the Boston Marathon and for the past two years has won the “Grand Slam” of Boston, London, Chicago, and New York in a single calendar year—something no other athlete has done even once. In 2013, she won a record six gold medals at the IPC World Championships, and earlier this summer set four world records on the track. Just 26 years old, McFadden is also the 2015 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year With a Disability.
Joan Samuelson: In 1984, Joan (Benoit) Samuelson won a gold medal in the first-ever Women’s Olympic Marathon, and her name is still synonymous with women’s running. A two-time winner of the Boston Marathon, “Joanie” set a world record there in 1983, and in 1985 won the Chicago Marathon in 2:21:21, an American record that stood for 18 years. In 1998, she founded the TD Beach to Beacon 10K as a way to give back to her hometown of Cape Elizabeth, ME. Still a top age-group athlete at the age of 58, Samuelson is a six-time winner at Falmouth and has won her age-group here every year since turning 50.
Bill Rodgers: The man known as “Boston Billy,” a four-time winner of both the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon and three-time winner of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, is also a 1976 Olympian. In 1975 he won a bronze medal in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, but Rodgers’ most remarkable year on the road-racing circuit came in 1978 when he won 27 of the 30 races he entered—including Boston, New York, and Falmouth. At 67, he is still a fixture in his age group on the road from Woods Hole to Falmouth Heights.
Frank Shorter: After winning a gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Olympics—a victory credited with igniting the ‘70s running boom in the U.S.—Frank Shorter came to Falmouth in 1975, fulfilling a dream of race founder Tommy Leonard. The Shorter-Rodgers matchup, in which Shorter prevailed, 33:24 to 33:29, helped put the Falmouth Road Race on the national map and sent participation into orbit: the field grew by 245 percent the following year, from 850 to 2,090. Shorter is returning to Falmouth this year to mark the 40th anniversary of that first victory.
Nicole Spencer/In Motion Training: A competitive sprinter in her days at Sandwich High School, Nicole Spencer turned to distance running in her 20s and has completed races at distances from 5k to the ultra-marathon. In 2011 she launched a coaching business, In Motion Training, with the goal of helping people gain self-confidence through the activity of running. Spencer lives in Mashpee with her husband and three children, and is also the New Balance Falmouth Road Race’s manager of volunteers and the director of development for Heroes In Transition.