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Falmouth in the Fall

Last Sunday afternoon racetime was a later 1PM which allowed Mrs. Running Griffin and I to make our eldest daughter’s first soccer match in a doubleheader weekend before we made our way down to Falmouth, Massachusetts for the Falmouth in the Fall Road Race.

Organized by the Falmouth Track Club, Falmouth in the Fall is a no-frills race that caps its registration at 400 runners and takes those who are accepted along the same course as the much larger, prestigious New Balance Falmouth Road Race held in the summer. Unlike the summer race, the crowds are non-existent, the sea of runners is nowhere to be found and the heat of the summer this past weekend subsided for crisp autumn winds complete with some misting rain mixed in from time to time. The race keeps things old school with an on-time start, no tee-shirts or swag and a registration process inclusive of needing to mail a check in along with a self-addressed stamped envelope (the latter which seems to get a good chuckle out of most the runners). Runners park at the finish line and then hop on a bus and head to the Woods Hole section of Falmouth for the start of the race. One of the nice things about this race is the ridiculously low $20 entry fee for the race; more races should look at this as a model!

The course itself is a rather challenging 7.01 mile course through Falmouth hugging the Atlantic Ocean for a nice stretch of the race. There are some breathtaking views of the Ocean complete with lighthouses and beachfront homes that would be the pride of summer. In addition to the breathtaking views, there are a couple decent, rolling hills mixed into the race that also have a way of taking one’s breath away.

After finishing the half-marathon last weekend and still battling some knee pain due to the soccer-induced injury I sustained, I felt rather good at Falmouth in the Fall and pushed myself a bit more than the weekend before. Still not at prime racing peak, but I was able to finish the 2016 Falmouth in the Fall with a time of 1:01:54, good for an 8:51/mile pace. Slowly getting back to a better per mile pace after tweaking the knee and hoping for some good running ahead!

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