Race Management Team

Dave McGillivray, Race Director 

Dave has served as the director of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race since 2012. Aside from his official title as director, Dave is also a prominent philanthropist, author, and motivational speaker, as well as an accomplished athlete. In 1981, Dave founded Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, Inc. (DMSE), a firm that manages mass participatory road race events, including the Boston Marathon. He has also co-authored a book entitled “The Last Pick”, which chronicles his childhood as the last pick for team sports due to his small stature. The purpose of his book is to encourage readers to never underestimate their own ability, a message Dave also aims to convey in his motivational speeches.

His passion for running has extended beyond his professional life into his philanthropic endeavors. In 1978, Dave ran a total distance of 3,452 miles—from Medford, Oregon, to his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts. His efforts raised thousands of dollars for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Another of Dave’s notable charitable athletic achievements occurred in 1982, when he raised $10,000 for the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, MA, by running the Boston Marathon in 3:14 while blindfolded. To date, Dave has logged over 150,000 miles, chanelling his love of running to raise millions of dollars for those in need.

Jennifer Edwards, General Manager

Jennifer has been with the Falmouth Road Race since 2011 as part of the Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, Inc. (DMSE) team. She is also the Hydration Station Coordinator for the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and the Programming Coordinator for the Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival in Bethlehem, PA. A graduate of UMASS Amherst with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, she worked in the healthcare field for over 15 years before transitioning to the running industry. A former high school track and XC runner, she enjoyed coaching high school athletes when she lived in CT. Jennifer is an active member of the community serving as Vice Chair on the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce board of directors, as part of the Falmouth Band Parents, as a volunteer for Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS), and as a former member of the Falmouth Walk and the Heroes in Transition Ruck4HIT Committee. She enjoys all aspects of life in Falmouth with her 15-year old son.

Matt Auger, Race Operations Manager

Matt began his involvement with the Falmouth Road Race in 1990 as an office staff member. Currently, Matt serves as the Race Operations Manager, as well as the Elite Athlete Program Manager. He also helps to produce road races across the country for Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, Inc. (DMSE Inc.) and the ZOOMA Women’s Half Marathon Series. Matt holds a Masters in Education, and was a former second grade teacher. He is a Falmouth native, and he and his wife, Eilis, who is a former office staff member, have two children together. Outside of the office, Matt enjoys running and training for races.

Megan Faulkner, Director of Sponsorships & Special Events

Megan has worked with the New Balance Falmouth Road Race as the Health & Fitness Expo Manager since 2012. Having previously worked for New Seabury, Megan holds over 20 years of experience in event planning and business. As a Falmouth native, Megan is actively involved the community, and enjoys volunteering at her daughters’ schools. Megan’s husband and two daughters also share her love of service and the Falmouth Road Race, and are frequent volunteers and runners of the race.

Joanna Bennett, Program Manager

Joanna is a Falmouth native and has enjoyed watching the Falmouth Road Race since she was little. A graduate from Bridgewater State University, she has a background in writing and editing. Joanna is the Program Manager for the office and is excited to be working with the brilliant team here. She loves everything that Cape Cod has to offer and enjoys exploring it with her husband and son.

Kerri Brodie, Volunteer Co-Manager

Kerri comes to the Falmouth Road Race as Volunteer Co-Manager for the 47th running with her husband, Brian. She has lived in Falmouth for 21 years and has raised their two children here. She has run the race over 15 times and is thrilled to become more involved with the operation of the race because she knows how important it is to the community of Falmouth. Kerri is also a Mathematics teacher and Department Head at Mashpee Middle-High School. Besides teaching and spending time with her family, she loves to be outdoors, practice yoga, and cook.

Brian Brodie, Volunteer Co-Manager

Brian is joining the race management team for the 2019 race as co-volunteer manager with his wife, Kerri. He has lived in Falmouth for 21 years but has been spending time here in the summers since he was a child.  He has run the race many, many times over the years and has also volunteered with his children’s athletic teams for different road race events.  He has always been a big supporter of the race and all it does for Falmouth and surrounding communities.  Brian is also a History Teacher and Department Head at Mashpee-Middle High School. Besides teaching, Brian enjoys boating, swimming, and attending his children’s sporting events.

Barbara Huebner, Media Manager 

Barbara has worked as a news editor and sports journalist with the Boston Globe.  In her 19 years at the Globe, Barbara supervised coverage of the 100th Boston Marathon and covered three Olympics—ideal rehearsal for becoming a freelance media consultant and Media Manager of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race. A native Cheesehead, she refuses to apologize for being a Green Bay Packers fan, but has otherwise embraced all things New England, including a love of running and its great tradition here. She still drinks morning coffee from her favorite 1993 Falmouth mug.

Lindsay Benson, Social Media Manager 

Lindsay Benson joined the New Balance Falmouth Road Race as the Social Media Manager in 2018. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and Simmons College in Boston, where she earned her M.S.Ed. in special education, Lindsay also works as the grades 2-4 Therapeutic Intervention Program (TIP) teacher at Teaticket Elementary School in Falmouth. A resident of Falmouth Heights, Lindsay has been walking to the ball field to watch family and friends cross the finish line since the early 1980’s, and has run the race herself four times. Lindsay is an active member of the Falmouth running community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Falmouth Track Club; and working as a race ambassador for the ZOOMA Women’s Race Series and race director of the Falmouth Flag Day 5K. Lindsay spends her free time photographing Falmouth’s spectacular coastline on her daily runs, and having fun with her husband, Matt, and their three sons.

Matt Kinsella, Athletes with Disabilities/Wheelchair Program Manager

Matt started working for the Falmouth Road Race in 2017 as the Wheelchair/AWD Manager. Being a Falmouth native, he understands how important the event is to the community, and the great history behind the race.

In addition to working for the race, Matt is also a third grade teacher at East Falmouth Elementary School. Outside of the office, Matt loves to take advantage of all that the Cape has to offer, as well as going to many concerts and sporting events.

Kelly Gross, Sponsorship Coordinator

Kelly began working for the Falmouth Road Race in 2010 as a race intern. She and her family been involved over the years by participating in the race’s Elite Athlete Host Family Program and as sponsor of the Tommy Cochary High School Mile race. She brings years of race experience and a love of connecting brands and people with experiences.

In addition to working for the race, Kelly is also the Director of Client Engagement at Brand Content, a creative communications agency in Boston and Co-Founder of Impart, a women’s young professional organization focusing on empowering and cultivating Boston-based women to fuel change, specifically among nonprofit organizations. She enjoys spending summers in Falmouth and winters on the ski slopes in Killington.

Austen Thygesen, Program Coordinator

Austen joined the New Balance Falmouth Road Race team as an intern in 2018 and has returned this year as Program Coordinator. With the Falmouth Track Club, he is the Director of the Cape Cod Trail Race, and is Secretary of the board. Additionally, he helps produce races across the country for Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, Inc. (DMSE Sports). Austen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. He has lived in Belgium and England, but has family roots in Falmouth. Additionally, Austen loves to run. Completing two international ultra challenges and the 2019 Heroes in Transition Ruck4HIT 220-mile relay, he is always on the lookout for his next endurance challenge.

Caitlin Cavossa  

Caitlin Cavossa has been a lifelong resident of Falmouth and is currently a junior at Providence College. She has run the Falmouth Road Race consecutively for the past 9 years and is an avid runner at school. She spent her four years at Falmouth High School on the varsity track team for the winter and spring seasons. On top of running the FRR for almost a full decade, she has also volunteered at the race every year with the Cavossa Disposal team. Caitlin spends the school year in Providence volunteering with PASA (Providence After School Alliance) where she plays sports and games with middle school children. At Providence College she is double majoring in Marketing and English, developing these skills over the summer as an intern with the road race team. Caitlin enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and being out on the water.

Hannah Ghelfi 

Hannah is a Falmouth resident studying business at the University of Michigan. This is her first year working as an intern for the Falmouth Road Race. She has volunteered for the event for many years and has run the race twice. Born and raised in Falmouth, the race has always been a summer highlight for Hannah. She is eager to gain experience and learn more about the race from this new perspective in the office. She enjoys golfing, competing for the Michigan Wolverines, reading, and exercising.

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RACE DATE:
August 16, 2020
@ 9am
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