At-Home Edition Virtual Event Info
Welcome to the 48th running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, the At-Home Edition!
Entries are still available!
The 48th running of the iconic race will be celebrated worldwide as a virtual event beginning August 15 – on the birthday of late founder Tommy Leonard – and concluding on August 29, with runners covering 7 miles in their own neighborhoods any time during that period. With the Falmouth Select Board implementing a “no large event” policy through the end of August, race organizers have designed an experience for everyone to have fun while staying fit and focused on a goal this summer.
You’re a beginner? It’s OK to run, OR WALK, the 7-mile race one mile at a time, even over a period of several days. Try doing THAT in a race.
Need some motivation? There’s nothing like putting a race on your calendar. Remember that feeling?
Want some virtual race partners? Challenge your friends, no matter where they live, to enter and run it “with” you, then toast each other on a post-race video chat!
Want to run with your kids? A special family rate will be offered to include your kids, aged 10 and up. And don’t worry, we’ve planned something very exciting for kids under 10 to join the fun, too! Learn More about the SBLI Kids At-Home Challenge.
Walking’s more your thing? Great – enjoy the scenery! There’s no time limit, virtual or otherwise. Walk, jog, skip, just cover 7 miles and upload your finishing time when complete.
Have the desire to help out? Run or walk for a Numbers for Nonprofits charity team and raise funds in this time of special need. Everyone participating with a Numbers for Nonprofits organization gets free entry! (Choose your charity here).
Looking for some swag? You’ve come to the right place. We plan to “Surprise & Delight” all summer long! Every registered participant will receive an official personalized bib, a New Balance shopping bag, a buff, all-summer access to a dynamic virtual gift bag of coupons and special offers, access to an “At-Home Edition” playlist created with runner-submitted favorites by iHeart Media, a training program, online contests – and, of course, the traditional and coveted mug.
Upload your finishing time! Once you upload your 7-mile finishing time (link to be posted August 15), you will receive a digital finisher’s certificate and Stop & Shop will donate $7 per finisher, to the Falmouth Service Center and Cape Kid Meals, up to $10,000 in total!
Originally set for August 16, the 48th running of the race has become a worldwide virtual event, to be run in your own neighborhood any time between August 15 and August 29. When you’ve completed your 7 miles, simply upload results to be listed among the finishers.
Registration is still open! The cost of entry is $50 for individuals or $100 for a family of up to four members living in your household, including kids ages 10-23. (Family-rate entries will receive three or four bibs, but only two sets of “swag.”)
We encourage you to join one of our Numbers for Nonprofits charity teams for free, understanding that there is a fundraising minimum that must be met in order to receive your runner swag mailing.
“Unprecedented times lead to unprecedented opportunities,” said Scott Ghelfi, president of the Falmouth Road Race, Inc. board of directors. “The “At-Home Edition” gives us the opportunity to bring some fun and a sense of purpose to a summer of some uncertainty. For many, having a goal can make a huge difference, as can raising funds for a cause close to their heart. It’s our way of helping us come together at home, keeping the Falmouth spirit alive.”
Check out the SBLI Kids At-Home event and get your kids, aged 3-10 signed up!
Read more about the conception of the NBFRR At-Home Edition:
For more than 45 years, Falmouth Road Race, Inc. has promoted health, wellness, and pride in the community. In these unprecedented and uncertain times, the organization is striving to be consistent in its mission, continuing to provide its dedicated athletes, enthusiasts, and the community with an event to be proud of and one that supports people in need.
Cancelling just wasn’t an option for the Falmouth Road Race team.
“With safety always the top priority, we see an ‘At-Home’ event as the ideal option for 2020,” said Scott Ghelfi, president of the Falmouth Road Race, Inc., board of directors. “Although it’s sad to think of a summer in Falmouth without the usual race spectacle along our shores, conducting an ‘At-Home’ event will not only give runners from everywhere the chance to experience the Falmouth spirit but also give Falmouth Road Race, Inc., a way to show support for the town, our medical community, and our Numbers for Nonprofits participants, who are raising funds that will be needed now more than ever.”
Among the ways in which the race will show its commitment to nonprofit partners and the community through the “At-Home Edition”:
- The organization will be purchasing a total of $35,000 worth of gift cards from businesses throughout Falmouth to randomly award to participants. The intention is to assist the community now and help bring visitors back to town when it is again safe to travel.
- Falmouth Road Race, Inc., will donate $5,000 to Cape Kid Meals, to ensure that families in need are able to feed their children on the weekends while school programs feed them during the weekdays.
- Proceeds from the “At-Home Edition” will again allow annual scholarships to be awarded to high school seniors who are Falmouth residents.
- Numbers for Nonprofits charity program partners will continue to receive support to maximize their fundraising efforts, including free registration for those running for a charity who raise a required minimum dollar amount for that organization. Incentive prizes and experiences, including a swag package, a donation match, and two chances to win a free entry into the 2021 New Balance Falmouth Road Race, will be offered to select participants by the race and its online fundraising partner, GoFundMe Charity.
“Running at home, together but apart, is the best way for all of us to show that we care about Falmouth – the town, its people, the race and its tradition – in 2020,” said Ghelfi. “Tommy Leonard wouldn’t want it any other way.”
We are so excited to offer an opportunity to continue this annual Falmouth tradition despite the novel coronavirus, which is keeping us from gathering in Woods Hole together this August.
In the spirit of the race, we want to include as many people as are interested in participating. And with a two-week window to complete your 7 miles,
ENTRY FEES are not refundable for any reason, including if the race is postponed or cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the control of the race. The race reserves the right to reject any application. Numbers are non-transferable and we do not offer deferral to the following year.
OFFICIAL RACE MERCHANDISE will be available at the time of registration and official shirts will be online soon!
MINIMUM AGE for participants is ten years old on the start date of the event, August 15th.
RACE KITS: The 2020 New Balance Falmouth Road Race At-Home Edition race kits will be mailed to all participants at the address entered at the time of registration.
We are proud to have New Balance as our title sponsor. A global athletic leader for more than a century, New Balance is headquartered in Boston and has longtime New England roots, making this historic race an ideal partnership. Visit the New Balance website to find out how the brand is “Fearlessly Independent” with their products and initiatives.
SANCTIONED BY USA TRACK & FIELD: Registration to become a member of USA Track and Field for New England athletes is encouraged and may be accomplished by contacting: USATF-New England, Box 1905, Brookline, MA 02146-0016, 617-566-7600. Athletes from other areas may contact their local USATF office.
Please note: This is not a walking event. You should be able to reach the finish line by 11:15 AM, or finish within a timeframe of 1 hour and 40 minutes.
ENTRY FEES FOR ACCEPTED RUNNERS are not refundable for any reason, including if the race is postponed or cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or other circumstances beyond the control of the race. The race reserves the right to reject any application. Numbers are non-transferable and we do not offer deferral to the following year.
OFFICIAL RACE MERCHANDISE will be available only at the New Balance booth at the Health & Fitness Expo.
MINIMUM AGE for participants is ten years old on the day of the race.
RACE NUMBER PICK-UP: The New Balance Falmouth Road Race does not mail runner numbers and there is no number pick-up on Race Day.
Numbers must be picked up at the Race Headquarters / Health & Fitness Expo:
Thursday, August 13, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday, August 14, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, August 15, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Race Headquarters during race week and the Health & Fitness Expo are located at:
Falmouth High School Field House
874 Gifford Street
Falmouth, Massachusetts 02540
*THERE WILL BE NO NUMBER PICK-UP ON RACE DAY*
START: Falmouth uses a Pulse Start system. The first two pulse starts begin at 9:00 AM. Additional pulse starts, consisting of approximately 1,000 runners will then continue at an approximate interval of every two minutes until the rest of the field has started. Wheelchair division race start is at 8:40 AM and elite women start at 8:50 AM.
LODGING IN FALMOUTH: Race weekend is the busiest weekend of the year for local hotels, inns and restaurants and we suggest that you book your hotel rooms immediately if you haven’t already. Contact the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce at or visit them on the web.
AGE-GROUP AWARDS: These will not be announced at the awards ceremony, but will be given to the first-place winners at the Awards Party in September 2020, after the results have been verified; this process may take 1-2 weeks (date and location subject to change). Age-group awards will be based on tag-time and are awarded to registrants who are not part of our elite program. Please note: The official time for all runners in the first start will be “gun” time.
- Baby strollers or rollerblades are prohibited and could result in disqualification.
- Bicycles and hand-cycles are not allowed on the course during the race.
- Earbuds and headphones are discouraged for safety and as a courtesy to your fellow runners.
- You can *not* enter as a Duo (runner pushing wheelchair) without explicit written permission of the Race Team. Please register during the regular registration period (May 1 – May 17), selecting the “Wheelchair Duo” category. Since the interest in this program exceeds the safe number our race can accommodate, a random selection process is needed for participation in this program and partipants will be notified by May 23rd.
We are proud to have New Balance as our title sponsor. A global athletic leader for more than a century, New Balance is headquartered in Boston and has longtime New England roots, making this historic race an ideal partnership. Visit the New Balance website to find out how the brand can help you “Sweat at Home” with its products and initiatives.
Falmouth Road Race, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Proceeds are used to support local sports programs, activities that promote health and wellness, and Falmouth-based nonprofit organizations.