The Falmouth Road Race is an internationally known event. Runners come from ALL over the world to participate. It is crazy to think the race started 42 years ago with just 92 people participating in the first race. 92!
I ran Falmouth for the 1st time in 2012, the 40th anniversary, and there were over 12,800 people registered to run. Now THAT is a successful race.
Post-2012 race: Rarely do they offer a medal, but they did then for 40th anniversary
The race is so popular there is a lottery in place to get a bib to run. Well, unless you are one of the 5 guys that have done all 41 Falmouth Road Races or one of those world-famous Olympic types coming to win! If you aren’t chosen in the lottery, you can still get a bib by participating with a charity team.
Either way, it is an EXTREME honor to experience a Falmouth Road Race
I have spectated many a Falmouth Road Race. My dad and uncles were all big runners in the 90s and early 2000s so I was in attendance at a fair number of Falmouth Races, but never participated. Why would I have? We all know I didn’t pick up the running bug until 2005. Before that, running was as gross to be as brussels sprouts.
A rainy start to the 2012 Falmouth race
So I am wicked excited to be running Falmouth on Sunday (August 17) for a second time this year thanks to New Balance. I have the honor of being one of the local bloggers they are sponsoring to run. Thanks again New Balance.
My New Balance training gear was off the hook
I will definitely be rocking the Fresh Foam 980s on my feet on Sunday to compliment my Tedy's Team singlet and Wonder Woman socks. You know I need to rock some capes on the Cape. :0)
Besides the race on Sunday, New Balance will be hosting additional events:
* EXPO Fun (Falmouth High School Field House, 874 Gifford Street) is always amazing & hey you need your bib. Right?
Friday, August 15, 10 AM to 9 PM
Saturday, August 16, 10 AM to 6 PM
Be sure to stop by and see my girls at the Sparkly Soul booth and tell them Weight Off My Shoulders/IrishEyes sent ya. ;)
* The Quarterdeck Restaurant will be offering Tommy’s New Balance Seafood Run from Thursday-Sunday. This limited-time dish consists of sautéed shrimp and scallops with grilled asparagus, blistered heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil served over lobster ravioli and finished with a Pinot Grigio lemon sauce. Named for Falmouth Road Race founder and Quarterdeck patron and employee Tommy Leonard, the dish will give runners the carbohydrates and protein they need without weighing them down for the big race. The Quarterdeck profits from the dish to Cape Abilities.
The dish will run you $26.99 and The Quarterdeck Restaurant (164 Main Street, Falmouth) will donate 25% of the profits from the Tommy’s New Balance Seafood Run dish to Cape Abilities.
* Girls Night Out event on Friday, August 15th at the Casino Wharf FX called “Race Day Ready”. The evening kicks off with a 2.5 mile fun run lead by Sarah Brown of Team New Balance. Following the fun run participants of the sold-out GNO event will get to ask Sarah questions about how she prepares for important races, enjoy complimentary massages, cocktails, appetizers and exciting giveaways.
* Saturday, August 16th boasts the high school mile, wheelchair mile, youth mile and finally the elite invitational mile featuring Team New Balance Athletes Sarah Brown and Stephanie Garcia starting at 5PM at Falmouth High School.
Photo Courtesy of Falmouth Road Race
As part of NB SparkStart, a global campaign with the aim of helping children discover and nurture their movement spark; New Balance will host a SparkStart zone featuring an obstacle course, cheering signs, and fun temporary tattoos. Children attending Saturday night’s mile events are invited to visit the zone and share their movement spark.
OOhhh and I need your help!! Which Sparkle Athletic skirt should I rock for the race?
1 ... 2 ... or 3!
While I will only be in town for the race itself on Sunday, I really hope anyone in town checks out all of the weekend's events.
Will you be running Falmouth this year?