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Falmouth Road Race 8/12/12

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

FALMOUTH – Race Report
The race course is a 7 mile run from one bar to the other!
13,000 runners registered and 10,600 ran it. Was pouring rain when we got up yesterday. We (my cousin’s son and I) got dropped off @ 8 to get on a bus to get brought to the start. Nothing like standing around for over two hours – they delayed even longer as there were flooded places on the course. It was fun talking to people and since it starts in Woods Hole – where the Woods Hole Oceanography Institute (known to the locals as “WHOI – pronounced who – eee” ). ....They are the premiere oceanography group in the world. ... think stuff like the gulf oil spill, the Titanic, the typhoon in Japan etc. These are the scientists/ biologists that they send to figure out what exactly happened and why.. There is a neat aquarium there and the Atlantis was docked there yesterday. There was a little catholic church there with their doors wide open and the priest was there in his beautiful white robe blessing runners....I suggested to Steven that we should go get a little “divine intervention” but he was afraid if we went in where it was nice and dry we might never leave!.... so I guess that is the “Blessing of the Feet” as opposed to the “Blessing of the Fleet”
Of course the sun started to come out before they started the race which just made it hot added to the incredible humidity...... and even though I had worn a throw away rain parka and Steven had the “tres chic” trash bag we managed to trek through some puddles on the field at the high school getting the bus so my feet were soaked.
Well done race though lots of water and enough portapotties! Quite a few of them along the route too! Lots of people with garden hoses and giving out orange slices etc.... C R O W D E D – it never thinned out completely but the first mile was packed. Ran past 3 medical emergencies! Always a bit unsettling. My time totally sucked but it was fun – we all got a nice tote bag, and coffee mug and finishers medal. And the food was awesome and lots of it: frozen yogurt bars, hot dogs, water, granola bars, fruit, bagels, sports drinks etc.
“The race was the idea of Tommy Leonard, an avid runner and popular bartender in Boston and Falmouth. Actually Tommy Leonard is a MA legend – not because of his incredible times so much as that he is such a character having a beer before a race, drinking at beer stops etc... – people would go to the bars just to see him and hear his stories a fixture at the Lenox Hotel in Boston for years! During the 1972 Summer Olympics Leonard closed his bar in order to watch Frank Shorter win the first Olympic marathon for the United States since 1908. After Shorter won the marathon Leonard was quoted as saying "Wouldn't it be fantastic if we could get Frank Shorter to run in a race on Cape Cod?" One year later, in the summer of 1973, with the help of a local high school track coach John Carroll, and the town's recreation director Rich Sherman, the first Falmouth Road Race was run by approximately 100 people. The next year there were 445 runners, and the year after that Frank Shorter joined 850 other runners in the race, bringing Leonard's wish true. Today the New Balance Falmouth Road Race is considered one of the best non-marathon races in the country, if not the world, attracting over 10,000 runners each year. The field of runners typically includes many of the best American and international runners, including both past and future Olympic athletes.” Joan Benoit, Sheri Piers, Bill Rogers, Frank Shorter and all the people who won and placed at B2B the week before were there.
Glad I did the race and VERY glad I had a local to help me with the logistics..
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  • DRPOOH63
    What a great story and blog. Thanks for sharing
    1889 days ago
    Wow, very interesting blog , good for , what a wonderful experience. The blessing ? lol Too funny , what I really thought was interesting was the camaraderie that was shared prior to the race. Use to live in Marblehead , miss it allot- Hugs Karen
    1889 days ago
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