General Information

The Cape Cod Marathon began in 1978, run for first 6 years at Otis AFB, and since then, on a scenic one-loop certified course in Falmouth. This year marks the 39th running and is hosted by the Falmouth Track Club.


DSC_1359For more about the history of the Cape Cod Marathon, visit the History page.

For a detailed course description of the marathon and half marathon courses and hints on how to run them, scroll down.

For an illustrated view of the race visit our Course Tour page and for course maps, visit our Maps page.

 

Race Activities for Marathoners, Relay Teams, and Half Marathoners

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The Cape Cod Marathon Expo presented by Marathon Sports : Falmouth Recreation Center- 790 Main St. Falmouth MA 02540

Friday October 28 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Saturday October 29 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Number of Runners

2013 field: 1200 in marathon, 1200 in half marathon and 977 on 210 relay teams totaling 3377 participants from 42 states, 3 provinces of Canada, and 12 other foreign countries, but mostly (75%) from New England. Runners of all ages and abilities participate in the race; many are first-time marathoners. Median finishing time is usually around 4:00, with runners completing the course anywhere between 2:20 and 6 hours.

For more information about entering the Cape Cod Marathon, visit the Marathon Information page.

The Marathon Relay

The Cape Cod Marathon Relay will start at 8:30am on Sunday October 30, 2016. Five-leg relay for teams of 2 to 5 members run simultaneously with marathon. Legs range from 3 to 6 miles. Prizes are awarded to single sex and mixed teams overall and by age groups.

For more information about entering the Cape Cod Marathon Relay, visit the Relay Teams Information page.

The Novo Nordisk Cape Cod Marathon Half – 13.1 Miles (5th Annual)

The half marathon will be run on Saturday, October 29th at 7:30 a.m. The field will be limited to 1200 runners. For more information about entering the Cape Cod Marathon Half, visit the Half Marathon page.

Runners who really want to test their endurance may enter both the half and full marathons by participating in the Clam Chowdah Challenge.

Community Support

12042852_926761934045937_6081845264706505187_nNearly 800-900 volunteers including medical teams, radio amateurs, Civil Air Patrol, police, students, and scores of interested folks; 28 businesses and organizations (2013); 9,000-10,000 spectators; For information about becoming a volunteer for the Marathon, visit the Volunteer page.

TIMING AND SCORING

The ChronoTrack B-Tag system will be used for timing and scoring the marathon, relay and half marathon.

Prize Money and Awards

  • MARATHON: A Prize Purse of $5,200.00 to individuals will be distributed to the top marathon finishers in the following categories: Overall Winners, Open 14-39, Master 40-49, Senior 50-59, Veterans 60-69, and Grand Veterans 70 & over. Individuals receiving awards are only eligible for one award.
  • HALF MARATHON: $5,200.00 will be distributed to the top finishers in the following categories: Overall Winners, Open 14-39, Master 40-49, Senior 50-59, and Veterans 60+. Individuals receiving awards are only eligible for one award.

On Race Day

  • MARATHON (Sunday, 8:30am Start):
    • Water and Sports Drink stops about every 2.5 miles.
    • All miles, 5km intervals, and turns marked on the roads.
    • Medical aid available on the course and at the finish.
    • Vehicles to pick up tired runners travel around the course.
    • Course open to controlled local traffic.
    • Portable Restrooms at start & finish and at 4 relay exchange points (3.1, 9.1, 14.9, 20.8), and at the 7, 12.4, 18.5, & 22.5 mile points.
    • Bands and DJ’s provide intermittent diversion; the scenery does the rest.
    • Use of personal electronic devices such as portable music players during the race is not recommended for safety reasons. The course is not closed to traffic and the saftety of all participants is a paramount concern.
  • HALF MARATHON (Saturday 7:30 Start):
    • Splits at 1, 5 and 10 miles.
    • Water and Sports Drink stops about every 2.5 miles.
    • All miles and turns marked on the roads and with signage.
    • Medical aid available at the finish.
    • Course open to controlled local traffic.
    • Portable Restrooms at start & finish.
    • Use of personal electronic devices such as portable music players during the race is not recommended for safety reasons. The course is not closed to traffic and the safety of all participants is a paramount concern.

Weather Conditions

There is an old saying in New England. “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes!” What is “normal” or “average” is not something you can take to the bank. And weather conditions can play a major part in one’s performance. The temperature on Cape Cod in late October typically ranges between 45 and 60; typically the day is clear with a westerly breeze; and typically it is the peak of the fall foliage season. The course has been designed to minimize the effects of the wind (assuming the wind is blowing from the west); i.e., in exposed areas, the prevailing wind would be a tail wind and in areas where you might have a head wind, you are protected by trees and growth. In the last 20 years, however, it has rained once, been overcast at least six times, seen temperatures reach the mid to upper 70’s (farenheit) three times and dip to the mid thirties with snow flurries once.

Course Records (Marathon)

  • Men’s: Randy Thomas 2:17:35 (1986)
  • Women’s: Cathy Schiro O’Brien 2:37:06 (1987)
  • Men’s Master: Craig Fram 2:27:58 (2000)
  • Women’s Master: Mary Lynn Currier 2:55:10 (2008)
  • Men’s Senior: Robert Cipriano 2:43:43 (2011)
  • Women’s Senior: Susan Gustafson, 3:08:31 (1998)
  • Men’s Veteran: Chris Jermyn 3:02:39 (2002)
  • Women’s Veteran: Judy A. Teeple 3:56:56 (2002)
  • Men’s Grand Veteran: Robert Borglund, 3:23:09 (1998)

For results from 1996 – 2012, see the Past Results page.

Accommodations

For a list of other places to stay in Falmouth, visit the Accommodations List page.

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Photos

PhotoChambers will email proofs to marathon competitors within 3 weeks after the race. Proofs also will be available and pictures purchased at www.photo-chambers.com about a week after the race.

Executive Directors

Tom Davis & Helen Kennedy
info@capecodmarathon.com
P.O. Box 699, West Falmouth, MA 02574
Tel: 508-540-6959
Fax 508-548-0617