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Falmouth in the Fall Race Recap

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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

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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

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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!

Race Recap: Seagull Six

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This morning it was down to Cape Cod’s Wood’s Hole section of Falmouth for the Seagull Six Road Race. This race is put on by the Falmouth Track Club and is usually a huge showing for my running club as it tends to be one of our Grand Prix races. The course is a brutally hilly course with the entire first two miles consisting of a climb that is not for the faint of heart followed by a slight downhill and then some monster rolling hills. Even as you pass the Mile 5 sign you realize that you have just shy of 3/4 of a mile left to go (the race is 5.74 miles) but you know the climbing still is not done.

When arriving in Falmouth it was noticeably a couple degrees chillier than back home but the sun was shining bright and after the winter we have had here in New England running outside is an absolute joy right about now. I felt pretty strong for most of the race and the hills didn’t seem to bother me too much this weekend; perhaps coming off of a half-marathon and Holyoke’s St. Patrick’s Road Race‘s hilly course was a good thing.

Though I have run a better Seagull Six in the past, today’s race I can’t be too upset with as I ran strong and had a good time out on the course. I finished today’s Seagull Six with a time of 46:36, good for 8:07/miles.