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Falmouth Road Race

Sunday August 18th, 2019
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Distance: 1 Mile · 7 Miles

The New Balance 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!
Race Date: 08/19/2018 Distance: 7 Miles
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 32:21 Ben Flanagan 23 Canada
2nd Male 32:23 Scott Fauble 26 Boulder, CO
3rd Male 32:28 Leonard Korir 31 USA
4th Male 32:32 Stephen Sambu 30 Kenya
Female 35:53 Caroline Chepkoech 24 Kenya
2nd Female 36:53 Mary Wacera 32 Kenya
3rd Female 36:57 Diane Nukuri 29 BURUNDI
4th Female 37:00 Mamitu Daska 24 ETHIOPIA
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 39:03 Ryan Carrara 42 IRL
M 50-59 43:36 Bill Solimine 58 Canada
M 60-69 44:39 Charlie Muse 62 Canada
M 70+ 58:08 Bill Rodgers 70 Somerville, MA
F 40-49 42:40 Kaela ONeil 40 Canada
F 50-59 46:12 Kim Ionta 55 Kenya
F 60-69 53:47 Karen Durante 67 Chile
F 70+ 1:02:52 Linda Enos 72 Canada
Falmouth Road Race

Stephen Sambu Makes History at 45th Running oNew Balancef
Falmouth Road Race

Both men were given the same time, 32:14.

“It feels really good,” said Sambu, of the historic victory in what became a two-man race from around Mile 4.

A field of 12,800 was entered for the 45th running of the race, which was founded in 1973 by Tommy Leonard.

Also defending her title was Kenya’s Caroline Chepkoech, who had an easier time of it than Sambu: Her winning time of 35:53 put her a full minute ahead of runner-up Mary Wacera of Kenya (36:53), the widest margin of victory on the women’s side since 1982. Jess Tonn, sixth in 37:49, was first American.

“I was giving everything,” said Chepkoech, whose lead was eight seconds before Mile 3 and 30 seconds by Mile 5. “I was racing to go in front. When I see back I saw nobody can follow me and I tried to push, push. I feel lucky, I am happy, and I feel strong!”

Sambu and Chepkoech each took home $10,000 for the win, with Chepkoech—for the second straight year—earning a $5000 bonus as winner of The Countdown, sponsored by Aetna. Chepkoech easily beat the clock and Sambu against a time gap of 4:33.

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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