Race Day 2020: Sunday, August 16th
The New Balance Falmouth Road Race will again using the “Pulse Start” system (see above video) as an improved plan to start large numbers of runners within a venue site of limited size. This system is possible due to use of chip timing, that allows for all runners to receive an accurate time based on their crossings of the official start and finish lines. The “Pulse Start” has received excellent industry-wide runner feedback.
Goal: to give every runner the best experience possible
- This includes the ability now to run from the start with less congestion on the course
- Pulse intervals within each pace group are set at time intervals [approx. 2 minutes between] thus allowing for less congestion at the Start and on the course
- Each pace group will have multiple pace starts
- Multiple pace signs will be posted along Water Street to help guide runners to their approximate start position
Health & Fitness Expo: Falmouth High School Field House, 874 Gifford St., featuring athletic-wear exhibits and information from various health and fitness experts, as well as displays by our title sponsor and apparel and footwear sponsor New Balance and other sponsors and companies. The Expo will be open in conjunction with all Number Pick-up hours.
- Thursday, August 13 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Friday, August 14 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Saturday, August 15 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Parking: Please avoid parking on private property. If you park close to a business that will be open, your car may be towed. You may try the Mullen-Hall and Morse Pond Schools, Town Hall, the public lot near the library, and the Homeport office complex on Gifford Street. Allow extra time, traffic is very heavy on race weekend.
Important Parking Alert: There will be NO parking on Worcester Court per the Town of Falmouth.
NO Access to Woods Hole: Access to the start area in Woods Hole will be strictly controlled by Public Safety and there is NO PARKING available and NO BOAT DROP-OFFS per Public Safety Officials. Only official vehicles will be allowed to drive to Woods Hole. Do not try to drive to the Start, take the FREE buses from Lawrence School on Lakeview Street provided by the race. Unregistered runners will not be allowed on the buses.
Baggage is Strongly Discouraged and Subject to Search per order of Public Safety Officers. Please do not bring any extra clothing on the buses or to the start area.
BUSES: 5:45 AM – 8:00 AM – Per order of Falmouth Public Safety, the last bus to the start area in Woods Hole will leave our bus loading area at the Lawrence School (113 Lakeview Ave) at 8:00 AM sharp. If you arrive after 7:00 AM, you are not guaranteed a ride to the start. Your competitor number will get you on the bus. The Wheelchair Division will be the first start of the day at 8:40 AM followed by the Elite women’s start at 8:50 AM. The Elite men and first pulse will start at 9:00 AM.
Bike Valet Program: 2019 was the fifth year of our Bike Valet Program which allows runners to leave a bicycle in Falmouth Heights. Easy return to Lawrence School, your home, or where you’re staying Race Weekend.
Unregistered Runners cause many problems: they disrupt the start, crowd the course, infringe on the rights of official runners, and cause congestion at the finish and on the ball field. Please try to discourage anyone who plans to run unofficially. We realize many want to run, and we would like to accommodate everyone, but the narrow course, large number of runners, and congestion forces us to limit the number of runners we can accept. We hope you will discourage “crashers.”
Toilet Facilities: There will be numerous portable toilets where the buses are boarding and throughout the start and finish areas. Please be considerate of private property and use the portable toilets. There will also be toilet facilities along the course, around two, two-and-a-half, and three miles.
Water: Poland Spring water will be available at the start, along the course, and at the finish.
Gatorade: Gatorade will be available at the official Gatorade rehydration station at mile four.
Race Numbers: Please wear your number on the front of your shirt. Do not fold or bend your number, bending or folding your number will damage the embedded timing device, with the potential of not being recorded as having completed the race. If your pre-printed emergency contact sticker is missing, please complete the emergency information form on the back of your number at your earliest convenience.
*There is no number pick-up on race day*
*PLEASE DO NOT SWITCH, GIVE AWAY, OR ALTER YOUR NUMBER: This creates problems in compiling the age-group results, especially if a male uses a female number or if a young runner uses a number assigned to an older runner. * If you cover or alter your number, sell it or give it away, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND UNABLE TO REGISTER FOR NEXT YEAR’S RACE.
Pulse Start times: Please see information at the top of this page.
Find your assigned pace group: Your pace time indicates your start group. You may choose to start with a slower group than the one you’ve been assigned, but you may NOT start with a faster group.
Please Note: For safety and liability reasons, and in accordance with U.S.A. Track and Field sanction requirements, the use of headphones, including ear buds, is discouraged. Baby strollers, skates, and bicycles are prohibited from the course during the race. If you’re running with friends, please don’t run more than two abreast and impede runners who may want to pass.
Important: 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.
Finish Procedure: There will be a clock at the finish that will display the time from the 9:00 AM first pulse start. At the end of the finish area, turn left, where plenty of Poland Spring water will be available. Please do not stop in this area or try to come back along the finish area. Move ahead to the ball field for refreshments and entertainment.
Post-Race Refreshments and Picnic: Free refreshments are for registered runners on the ball field. New this year: The British Beer Company, in their parking lot at the finish line, will be hosting a Beer Garden Bash after the race. Enjoy!
Meeting Your Family After the Race: You may want to meet by the lettered signs along the north side of the field under the letter that matches your last name. For lost-and-found or assistance on the ball field, visit the Information Tent. If you need to go back to Woods Hole after the race, take the WHOOSH Trolley from the Falmouth Mall or Main Street. Visit www.capecodtransit.org for a schedule.
Recycling will be conducted at all events, thanks to Cavossa Disposal.
Race Results are posted by 2:00 PM after the race on our website: www.FalmouthRoadRace.com and will be available on the 2020 Falmouth Road Race app.
Race Photos: Please visit MarathonFoto.com, our Official Photographer, to view your 2020 New Balance Falmouth Road Race runner photos! They are typically available 1-2 days after the race.
Age-Group and Falmouth Age-Group Awards will be distributed to the winners at a party in mid-late September. Winners will be notified after the results have been checked, which may take up to two weeks. Thank you for your patience with the resident verification process!
Visit our FAQs page or email email@example.com for other race-related questions. Have a great race!