This weekend thousands of runners and fans of the sport will descend upon Falmouth, a modestly-sized town located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
Falmouth also happens to be where we work so we’re quite familiar with the people, landmarks and events that make it such a special place. Well, one of those events – the New Balance Falmouth Road Race – is the reason why so many runners will be visiting our picturesque town.
Now in its 43rd year, the race has humble beginnings with a little less than 100 runners making their way from the Captain Kidd in Woods Hole to the now-defunct Brothers Four in Falmouth Heights.
It started as a bar-to-bar race with the goal of attracting the likes of Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter (he came in 1975, winning it all) so they could showcase their talents along the 7-mile course that features fantastic views of the water.
Today, the road race has swelled to nearly 10,000 competitors featuring some of the top names in the sport.
Over the years, notable participants have included famed-marathoner Bill Rodgers, Khalid Khannouchi, two-time Olympian Diane Nukuri, Kenyan long-distance runner Stanley Biwott, Olympian Micah Kogo and elite-distance runner Amy Cragg.
This Sunday, 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi will add his name to the list when he makes his Falmouth Road Race debut.
While these are the names that make headlines, there will be thousands who will run more anonymously. They will do so for reasons just as important as the elite athletes – to run their first competitive road race; to raise money to fight cancer, ALS and Alzheimer’s; and to test themselves physically and mentally.
Whatever your reason for running this Sunday and beyond, we salute you. And we’re offering you a 20% discount on all running sunglasses through next Wednesday, August 19. Use NBFRR discount code upon checkout.
See you at the finish line!