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Falmouth Road Race

Sunday August 20th, 2023
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Distance: 1 Mile · 7 Miles
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The Falmouth Road Race was established in 1973 and has become one of the premier running events of the summer season. Each year the race draws an international field of Olympians, elite runners and recreational runners out to enjoy the scenic 7-mile seaside course. The non-profit Falmouth Road Race organization is dedicated to promoting health and fitness for all in its community. Proceeds from the race each year support youth athletic programs in the town of Falmouth and other non-profit community groups.

Sponsored by New Balance. The little race that could belongs to Falmouth. It was first held on a Wednesday afternoon because that was founder Tommy Leonard's birthday. It is seven miles because that was the distance from the Captain Kidd in Woods Hole to Tommy's workplace: the Brothers Four in Falmouth Heights.

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displays approximate race location · East Falmouth MA 02536

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Roger Wright
Considered one of the most beautiful races on the East coast. In addition it is one of the smallest races with running legends like Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Joan Benoit, Meb Keflezighi showing up. Unfortunately it is very popular and hence, very difficult to get in and is based on a lottery. If you do make it, you will completely understand why it is one of my favorite races to run.
Bob Anderson
I really like this race. I had heard about it for years but did not run it until 2012. I just loved everything about this race. The town is a cool little place. It was hot the year I ran but it was a five star experience!
Falmouth Road Race, Race Date: 2022-08-21, Distance: 7 Miles
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 32:25 Ben Flanagan USA
2nd Male 32:32 Biya Simbassa USA
3rd Male 32:39 David Kiprotech Bett USA
4th Male 32:50 Leonard Korir USA
Female 36:14 Keira D Amato KEN
2nd Female 36:28 Edna Kiplogat USA
3rd Female 36:44 Markell’s Hall USA
4th Female 36:49 Ednah Kurgat USA
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 34:04 Abderrahim Bouramdame USA
M 50-59 43:13 Scott Grandfield USA
M 60-69 46:45 Craig Williams USA
M 70+ 52:13 Steven Cryer USA
F 40-49 46:10 Monica’s Diez KEN
F 50-59 46:41 Susan Mix USA
F 60-69 47:15 HK Pech USA
F 70+ 1:01:12 Mary Cusack USA
Falmouth Road Race

The race is seven miles long and begins in front of the Woods Hole Community Center, near the drawbridge on Water Street. The first three miles are narrow, hilly, winding tree-shaded roads, while the last four miles are open on the flat right next to Martha’s Vineyard Sound. A small steep hill lets you know that you are beginning the last half-mile of the race. Once you crest the hill it is “all downhill” to the finish.

  • Proceed out of Woods Hole, take a right onto Church Street, then wind around Nobska Lighthouse and continue along the hilly, tree-lined road
  • At three miles you emerge from the woods and continue for 1.5 miles along the beach, next to the waters of Vineyard Sound
  • Turn left onto Shore Street and 400 yards later turn right onto Clinton Avenue
  • Turn left onto Scranton Avenue, 600 yards later turn right onto Robbins Road to the top of Falmouth Harbor
  • At the end of Robbins Road, turn right onto Falmouth Heights Road and continue until you once again see the ocean
  • Last turn left, head up hill to Falmouth Heights and down to the finish line along Grand Avene at Falmouth Heights Beach

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