New Balance Falmouth Road Race FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about the race, the expo, and the event in general. If you want a personal answer or didn’t find it here, please email the race

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When is registration open?

Online registration for the 48th running of the race, the 2020 NBFRR At-Home Edition, opened on May 18 at 9:00 AM.


Is there a family rate?

Yes! A Family of up to 4 living in your household can be registered for $100.

  1. This includes adults and children, aged 23 and younger by the start of the event: August 15, 2020.
  2. Children must be 10 years old to participate in the NBFRR At-Home Edition. Children under 10 will have an opportunity to participate in a different version of the event. Details to follow…
  3. Each family will be sent one start package and one finisher package. Each member of the family will receive bibs, and the family package will contain two mugs, and two shopper bags – and perhaps some additional suprises as well!

How do I know if I was one of the first 5,000 to register for guaranteed entry to the 2021 race?

All who were one of the first 5,000 to register on May 18 received notification by email, after the race management team verified all entries. An access code to gain entry to the 2021 race will be emailed to you in May 2021, when the registration process opens for the 49th running of the race.  

If I run with a charity team, do I qualify for guaranteed entry in 2021?

If you are among the first 5,000 to register – either through a charity team or as a paid registrant – you will be guaranteed access to the 2021 race.


What is included in the registration fee?

The $50 registration fee for the 2020 New Balance Falmouth Road Race At-Home Edition includes: access to the event, swag package to be mailed to you, which will include a customized bib, an official race mug, and a commemorative New Balance shopper bag; access to a virtual gift bag with special offers and coupons, access to a training program, access to a “NBFRR At-Home” iHeartMedia playlist created with runner-submitted favorites; and opportunities all summer to win swag and one of over 500 $50 gift cards to local restaurants, and more!

If I run for one of the charity teams, will I still receive a race package and swag?

Yes! We would love for you to join one of the charity teams in our Numbers for Nonprofits program to support them during these challenging times. These organizations need your support more than ever, which is why we are offering a no-cost registration option to join one of their teams. You will be required to raise a minimum of $400 toward their cause. (Note: some groups may require a higher or lower fundraising minimum, which is noted in their team name in the registration process.)

How do I know if I’ve been selected?

All will have access to the 48th running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race!


Is there a minimum age to register for the race?

You must be 10 years or older by the start of the event to participate in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race At-Home Edition, which begins Saturday, August 15, 2020 and closes Saturday, August 29, 2020.


Can my race registration be refunded or deferred?

No. We are sorry, the registration fee for the race is non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable.


How can I run for a charity?

You can visit to the Numbers for Nonprofits page and contact the charity of your choice.


If I can’t run, can I give my number to a friend?

As always, this is discouraged.  


How do I prove I am a Falmouth Resident and/or Residential Taxpayer?

This is not necessary for the At-Home Edition of the 2020 NBFRR. Everyone has access to this virtual event!


Why should I run a virtual event?

While we understand this is not an ideal situation especially for long-time participants and even more so for those who have raced for many consecutive years – we hope you will continue to support the Falmouth community and join us for the 2020 NBFRR At-Home Edition. Keep your streak going and don’t miss this 48th running of the race. We promise not to disappoint! 


When is registration open?

Online registration is open for Falmouth residents and residential taxpayers May 1 at 9:00 AM – May 7 at 11:59 PM. Registration for the non-Falmouth resident random selection process (formerally known as the “lottery”) will be open from May 8 at 9:00 AM until May 17 at 11:59 PM.

Random selection results will be available on or before May 23. If selected, you will receive an email with an Access Code to complete the registration process. This must be done no later than June 1 at 11:59 PM.

As a resident/taxpayer, when will I know if I’ve been verified?

Once your registration application has been processed and you are verified either as a Falmouth resident/taxpayer you will receive a confirmation email that will offer you an Access Code to complete your registration and submit payment. If your name, or your spouse’s name, is not listed on the Falmouth Tax Roll, you must submit proof to by May 7 at 11:59 PM.

Notification will be sent on or before May 23rd. Registration must be completed by June 1st.

How can I register a group for the random selection process (formerly known as the “lottery”)?

The first member of the group to register creates, and names, the group. Share the group name with up to 19 others who will register themselves by selecting your group name from the drop-down menu. Groups are for two to twenty people at this time. Being on a group simply means you will all be selected (or not) together. Groups are for registration purposes only, there are no awards offered for groups. The odds of being chosen through the random selection process are not affected by group membership.

  1. Your group must select a Group Leader to set up the group.
  2. The Group Leader will be responsible for entering your team name and selecting a password.
  3. The Group Leader will forward the “invitation” email with group name and password to all persons wishing to become a member of the group.
  4. Each member of the group is responsible for entering his/her group name and password during the registration process.
  5. Group members are considered all together. If the group is not selected as a whole through the random selection process, no one individual from that group will be selected to run.
  6. At the close of online registration, your group is closed (i.e., no one can be added or removed).
  7. Duplicate registrations are not allowed and will be removed (i.e., entering yourself as an individual member and as part of one or more groups.)

Note: Groups are for 2 to 20 people. Being part of a group is for the selection process only- groups are not recognized after the random selection process is complete. The odds of being selected are not affected by group membership.

What is included in the registration fee?

The $75 registration fee for the 2020 New Balance Falmouth Road Race included: entry to the race, an official race mug, an official race magazine and poster, a commemorative New Balance goodie bag, free clinics, seminars and athlete signings at the Health & Fitness Expo, transportation to the start line, water and Gatorade on the race course, and a post-race party at the finish line.



How do I know if I’ve been selected?

If you are selected to run through the random selection process, you will receive a confirmation email that will offer you an Access Code to complete your registration and submit payment. Notification will be sent on or before May 23rd. Be sure to check  your Spam folder for notification. Registration must be completed by June 1st.

Is there a minimum age to register for the race?

You must have been 10 years or older by race day to participate in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race which was held on Sunday, August 16, 2020.

The Falmouth Walk, a fundraiser to benefit local Falmouth charitable organizations, is held on Saturday, August 15th at 10:00 AM, allows entrants of all ages.

Do I need to submit proof of time?

Although everyone is required to submit an anticipated pace during the registration process, only those runners who hope to qualify for the elite/sub-elite/seeded (fastest) start groups need to submit proof (a link to online results of a USATF-sanctioned event that is 10K or longer) to If your anticipated pace is fast enough (generally under 7:45/mile pace) you may be assigned a bib number allowing you to start with the seeded group (1-1999). If you do not submit a proof of time you will be in the non-seeded group (2000 and higher) and will line-up according to your anticipated pace. You will follow the “Pulse Start” system to start the race. (For more info on “Pulse Starts”, please see Race Day.)

How fast do I need to be for a first start group assignment?

Because there is a limited amount of space for the first start group as well as an ever-changing field, the pace requirement may vary from year to year. However, in general, a pace of 5:59/mile or faster is required for the first group and a pace of under 8:00/mile for the second group. Placing in a previous Falmouth Road Race does NOT guarantee placement in either of the two fastest starts. For instance, if you placed 207th in the 2019 race, you are not guaranteed a number assignment in the 200’s because we seed based on submitted proof from any USATF-sanctioned 10K or longer race within the previous calendar year.

What if I have a better proof of time than when I first registered?

Email proof before July 1, 2020. After July 1st, all numbers are assigned.

Can my race registration be refunded or deferred?

No. We are sorry, but at this time, the registration fee for the race is non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable.

Is there a waiting list for numbers?


If I can’t run, can I give my number to a friend?

Entries are non-transferable, as this affects medical response, age group categories, and more on race day. If you do give your number away, you will NOT be allowed to register the following year.

How can I run for a charity?

You can visit to the Numbers for Nonprofits page and contact the charity of your choice.

How do I prove I am a Falmouth Resident and/or Residential Taxpayer?

1. Residents (individuals who live in Falmouth year-round) and taxpayers (residential real estate owners) who apply for the race – as well as their spouses and children (23 years old and younger on race day) who also apply and who live in Falmouth, who live in the home of a Falmouth taxpayer, may receive guaranteed entry.

2. Resident status will be verified by submission of one of the following items:

  • A copy of a valid driver’s license with a Falmouth address
  • A signed lease agreement with landlord contact information
  • A Falmouth report card for children’s entry

3. Taxpayer status will be verified by appearance on Falmouth real estate taxpayer rolls. AS A TAXPAYER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO SEND ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK UNLESS YOU ARE NOT LISTED ON TOWN TAX ROLLS. CHECK HERE. Taxpayers who apply for the race and whose names are listed on the tax bill as well as his/her spouse and children (23 years old or younger on race day) are eligible. Trusts will be allotted a maximum of two race entries.

4. Entries received without sufficient proof of resident or taxpayer status will be placed into the the random selection process and subject to all rules and regulations.

Health & Fitness Expo & Number Pick-Up: 2020 At-Home Edition

How do I get my race kit?

Race kits will be mailed directly to your home.


Will there be any official shirts or other race merchandise?

New Balance will offer 2020 NBFRR official shirts via the race registration process. Additionally, Falmouth Road Race collectibles are available via The Race Shack, our online store. 


Is there a virtual expo happening?

We’ll be sharing a dynamic virtual gift bag that will have offers, promotions and more beginning early this summer. If you would like to be included, please email our Expo Manager.

Will I get a race coffee mug?

We are happy to report that you will receive the traditional commemorative race mug!


Where do I pick up my race packet?

Race packets can only be picked up at the at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race Health & Fitness Expo located in the Falmouth High School Field House, 874 Gifford St. Falmouth, MA. For more info on our Health & Fitness Expo, click here.

If I can’t attend the race, can my race packet be mailed to me?
Unfortunately, we are unable to mail race packets, goodie bags, mugs, magazines, or posters. If you are registered yet unable to run Falmouth, you can still pick up a gift bag the week after the race, while supplies last. Email us at

Is Number Pick-Up available the day of the race?
No, all bib numbers must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo and are not available the day of the race.

Do I need to bring anything with me to Number Pick-Up?
To pick up your race packet, you must bring a Photo ID.

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

Yes, the individual picking up on your behalf must know your race number, show his/her photo ID AND bring a copy or show a smartphone image of your Photo ID.

Hours for Pick-up in 2020:

Thursday, August 13 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Friday, August 14 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday, August 15 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

**There will be NO NUMBER PICK-UP on Race Day***

What else is happening at the Expo?

We have vendors from all around the country, VIP guests handing out gift bags, stretching clinics and lots of race weekend information. Be sure to check out the speakers that will be at the Special Events stage in the Expo! Click here to see the schedule.

The Race

Is there a pacing requirement for the race?

We suggest that you train for a 15-minute per mile pace. 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.

How will the Pulse Start system affect me?

The goal of the pulse start system is to improve the running experience for all runners by reducing the number of runners starting at one time. The previous starting system of corrals and waves relied on upwards of 2,500 runners starting at the same time. The pulse start system eliminates corrals and wave starts and allows us to send a smaller group of people (approxiately 1,000) at a time.

I submitted a time for seeding within the first start, will this Pulse Start change my placement?

No! The “pulse start” system is for the non-seeded runners. Seeded runners are those with a pace of approximately 7:45/mile and faster, depending on the field, and provided that they submitted timely proof of that pace. Seeded runners are staged at the front of the starting area immediately behind the elite men and start at 9:00 AM sharp!

Can I use my AirPods, MP3 player or other wireless headphones?

With 12,000 runners and a narrow, winding course, we recommend you leave your audio training aids behind. You’ll be better able to hear runners approaching to pass, our on-course entertainment, as well as hear safety announcements or emergency vehicles on the course.

What is the Bike Valet program?

The Bike Valet program is available by online registration only. You can leave your bike in a secure area near the finish and catch a ride down to the start. Complimentary valet bicycle parking will be provided at the finish area of the race at the intersection of Grand Ave. and Crescent Ave. (across from the 10K mark on the race course), with shuttle service to the starting line for runners registered in the 2020 New Balance Falmouth Road Race. After the race, just pick up your bike at the Finish and pedal home immediately. This program will open in June and will remain open until it has reached its capacity at 450 bikes.

Can I push a wheelchair or stroller?

You may NOT push a wheelchair without advanced inclusion as a recognized Wheelchair Duo, defined as one (1) runner pushing his/her teammate (participants aged 10 years or older) in a wheelchair.

All interested Wheelchair Duos should register through our website during the runner registration window in May. Duo hopefuls will select the “Wheelchair Duo” option. Runners will pay a $100 registration fee if selected. Credit cards will only be charged if they are selected to run. Due to the increasing popularity in running as a Duo, participation in the program may require a random selection process. If a Wheelchair Duo is not selected, they may *not* run the race as a Duo, regardless of the availability of entries through the Numbers for Nonprofits Program. Registration happens between May 1 and May 17 and all hopefuls were notified May 23rd.
All Duos will be required to utilize the race organizers’ plan for drop-off in Woods Hole.
There is no hand-cycle program at this event and jogging strollers are prohibited.


How many water and food stops will be located on the course?

A total of four (4) official Poland Springs water stops and one (1) Gatorade Rehydration Station will be located along the course.

Which timing splits will be provided?

Clocks are located at each mile marker and timer mats are located at the start, 5K, 10K, and at the finish. Final race completion time for all start areas except the FIRST will be chip time. The FIRST start will be hand-timed.

Where can I find my race results?

You will be able to view your results on our website or via our mobile app the afternoon of the race.

How do I find my race photos after the race?

Please visit MarathonFoto to view your race photos. You will need your race number to access your photos. Please allow 48 hours after the race for photos to be identified and loaded.

Is there an awards ceremony?

Top 3 M/F finishers and top wheelchair M/F are celebrated at the finish line immediately after finishing. Age-group and Falmouth resident age group awards will be held in September for the top male and female in each category.

Finish Line Area

Is the Finish Line area accessible to everyone?

There are limited viewing areas for spectators at the finish line. Currently, the ball field is accessible to everyone. Please refrain from bringing bags or packages to the finish line area. You can greet your runner at the designated Family Meeting Area along the north side of the ball field, under the letter of your last name.

Is there a lost and found?

Yes, items that have been turned in to a race volunteer will be kept at the Information Tent on the ball field. After the race these items will be held at the race office at 155 Katharine Lee Bates Road, 2nd floor, in Falmouth.

Can I buy official race merchandise at the finish line area?

No. Unfortunately, official race merchandise is no longer available on the ball field. If you would like to purchase race memorabilia, please visit our Race Shack at the Expo or online.

Can I purchase additional vouchers for the food and beverage stations at the party?

No. The refreshments are for runners only. Please refrain from taking more than you need or taking extra for family members. They are welcome to bring their own refreshments or visit the Hot Dog tent for our traditional finish line hot dog, sample from some of our sponsors including Yasso, KIND, Dunkin’.

Spectators & Transportation

Is event transportation provided?

New Balance Falmouth Road Race bus transportation has been arranged for race participants to get to Woods Hole. Please visit the Runner Race Day page for more details. Access to Woods Hole is restricted per order of the Falmouth Police Dept. Course and finish line parking, although tight, is available within a short walk.

How do I get to the race start?

New Balance Falmouth Road Race provides buses to Woods Hole from Lawrence School, 113 Lakeview Ave., from 5:45 AM to 8:00 AM. Per order of Falmouth Public Safety, the last bus to Woods Hole will leave our bus loading area at the Lawrence School at 8:00 AM sharp. If you arrive after 7:00 AM, you are not guaranteed a ride to the start. Boat drop-offs are prohibited by the Falmouth Harbormaster and the US Coast Guard. Please plan accordingly! 

Is transportation available for spectators?

There is a periodic Woods Hole / Falmouth shuttle called The Whoosh Trolley. Schedules are available at the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce at 20 Academy Lane in Falmouth and at many other locations along the route. Call 800-352-7155.

Where are spectators allowed to watch?

Best viewing (and parking) is available along Surf Drive near the four-mile mark. Appreciate, however, that your ability to move your family and your car from one mile-mark to another downstream is limited by the tight roads and crowded conditions on race day. Crowds build in downtown Falmouth from the five-mile mark through the finish at Falmouth Heights where a beach awaits!

Where should I plan to meet up with my runner after the race?

The Ball Field Area will have a designated Family Meeting Area with lettered signs – meet your runner under the sign for their last name or work out a pre-arranged location. The ball field can get very crowded with runners and friends.


What is the best way to contact the New Balance Falmouth Road Race Team?

Email, call us at 508-540-7000, or stop by to see us at 155 Katharine Lee Bates Road (2nd floor) in downtown Falmouth.

Are there opportunities to volunteer?

Yes, for information on volunteer opportunities at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, visit our Volunteers page or email or call our race Volunteer Managers, at 508-540-7000.

Are there opportunities to volunteer?

Please see the note from the New Balance Falmouth Road Race Volunteer Managers on our Volunteers page. If you have any additional questions re: volunteering with the race, please send them an email.


What is the best way to contact the New Balance Falmouth Road Race Team?


Email is the best way to connect these days. Due to COVID-19, our team has been working remotely since March 13.


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