Posts Tagged ‘Cape Cod’

Falmouth in the Fall Race Recap


A little behind with the posting so apologies for the delay! A week ago from Sunday it was down to Falmouth, Massachusetts for the Falmouth in the Fall Road Race. Falmouth Track Club sponsors this fall race that takes runners along the same course as the historic Falmouth Road Race but keeps the fall race firmly rooted in old school traditions of paper applications and check, a cap of a few hundred runners, a course open to traffic and a really amazing course that reels runners in!

The weather on race day this year was a bit odd with parts of the course seeming absolutely freezing while other sections seemed to be moderately warmer. There was a rather aggressive headwind when running along the beachfront section of the race while hugging the Atlantic Ocean that added a nice complexity into the running. Overall, the course is somewhat challenging in and of itself thanks to some more than rolling hills mixed throughout the 7.2 miles of the race capped off by a humdinger of an uphill heading into the finish line. Water stops were available twice along the course and were staffed by friendly members of the Falmouth Track Club.

The Falmouth Road Race features elite runners from across the world and the thousands of runners descend upon Falmouth during the summer for the historic race. Call me old-fashioned, but there is something nice and genuine about the Falmouth in the Fall Race and for someone looking to run a great course in the fall this is the race for you!

I finished Falmouth in the Fall with a time of 1:01:36, good for 8:48/miles.

For more information about the race, be sure to bookmark the race website for next year!

Join me at Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub Almost Five Miler


On May 1st, join The Running Griffin at the Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub Almost Five Miler. This 4.912 mile road race is hosted by Lawrence-Lynch Corporation and produced by PCB Race Management.

The 2nd Annual Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub Almost Five Miler is part of the New England Runner Pub Series. The race will be held in Falmouth, MA on a scenic and relatively traffic-free course. Following the race, a celebration of the sport will be held at Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub with bounteous quantities of Offshore Amber Ale, a lavish buffet, and entertainment.

The scenic single-loop course starts and ends in Town Hall Square and runs through residential neighborhoods and along the Vineyard Sound shore. It is mostly flat. While the course is open to traffic, traffic is light.

The total field is limited to 500 runners. Registration is now open and you may register on-line by clicking here.

For more information about the Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub Almost Five Miler, please visit the race website by clicking here. I look forward to seeing you in Falmouth, Massachusetts on May 1st!


Cape Cod Marathon Relay


Last Sunday morning it was an early departure to head down to Falmouth to take part in the Cape Cod Marathon Relay. My running club, Thirsty Irish Runners, had five teams entered into the relay race with five runners on each team to tackle a leg of the 26.2 mile course. The weather was absolutely perfect fall weather running conditions and myself and four teammates packed into a car and made our way out onto the course.

The marathon relay course runs along with the runners tackling the full marathon and there is no loneliness out on the course as plenty of runners are on the course and there are fans cheering runners along throughout the course. The transition points for the relay are great for runners and spectators alike and the cheering at these points becomes quite loud. For relay teams, you can keep track of how many other relay runners you have picked off along the way making for an extra sort of incentive to run fast for your assigned leg.

I ran the third leg of the relay which was just shy of 6 miles of running. The route was moderately hilly with some decent elevation climbs mixed into the route. I always forget how hilly sections of Cape Cod really are with a healthy dose of rolling hills and more marked hills making up a nice chunk of my run. The best part of my leg was when we ran underneath a highway overpass and there was a string band made up of seniors playing folks music and jamming away as runners made their way past.

Marathon relays are a great team event and a perfect way to spend some time with some running friends. The Cape Cod Marathon relay is definitely a race that running clubs should look to send teams to next year to tackle a good, challenging course all while building upon running friendships and camaraderie!

Monday Night Fun Run and 50 Mile Bike Ride on Cape Cod

ImageThis past Monday night it was over to Raynham, Massachusetts for the Colonial Road Runners Summer Series 3.25 mile race. This $2 gem of a race is a nice weekly check in and the running conditions this past Monday were absolutely perfect.

The run kicked off pretty quick for me and I felt good heading through the first mile. Making my way toward the 2nd mile I continued to feel pretty strong heading up the climbing hill mixed into the course. I was able to push it quite nicely on Monday night and ended with a finishing time of 23:55, good for 7:22/miles.

On Friday it was great to take the day off from work and head down to Wellfleet, Massachusetts for a nice 50 mile bike ride with friends from the Thirsty Irish Running Club. We parked at The Beachcomber in Wellfleet and made our way toward the beginning of the Cape Cod Rail Trail entrance about 2.5 miles down the road. The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a predominantly flat path (don’t get me wrong, there are a couple of hills mixed in) that is paved and brings bikers, runners and walkers through towns such as Orleans, Dennis and Eastham on Cape Cod. The weather was a bit overcast for most of the ride with some showers taking place throughout the morning but fortunately we were able to get all 50 miles in before the skies really opened up.

It was nice to be able to mix in some biking for a change and thanks to my parents for keeping the kiddos for the day to make it possible! A little bit of cross training on the bike certainly woke up some muscles not ordinarily used along the running paths so it was good to mix things up a bit.

After the 50 mile ride, refueling was certainly in order at The Beachcomber and the Cisco Brewery Whale’s Tail Pale Ale and a clam strip roll was the perfect combination to end a good day.

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Weary Traveler Road Race in Bourne, Massachusetts


Yesterday morning it was down to Bourne, Massachusetts for the Weary Traveler Road Race sponsored by the Cape Cod Road Runners. This race is a nice, old-fashioned organized race down on Cape Cod that is a 4.88 mile run.

Since it is always in the beginning of January, the weather is the wildcard each year but yesterday was a rather nice morning with temperatures in the high 30’s and a touch of snow left along the sides of the road . There was a corner on the course that was a bit slippery and another runner next to me went down pretty hard on the turn but got back up quickly and finished up the run.

The course is a moderately challenging course through the streets of Bourne with some typical Cape Cod rolling hills mixed in. At one point of the race runners hug the shoreline  before making a left turn back into residential neighborhoods and hit the water stop about half-way through the race.

The last mile or so of the race is a pretty good incline before hitting a rather fast and flat final stretch into the finish line. Runners are handed Popsicle sticks with their finishing place on them upon crossing the finish line which also double as a raffle ticket in the post-race reception.

The race organizers put on a quahog chowder and clam fritter post-race spread and the bar at the Weary Traveler is open for exceptionally reasonably priced beverages.

Proceeds from the race benefit both the Bourne Conservation Trust and the Shriners Hospital for Children.

I finished the 4.88 mile race with a time of 36:02 which is good for 7:23/miles.