The one-loop course begins and ends at the Village Green in Falmouth center. The first 10.5 miles are relatively flat, with the exception of one short hill at 3 miles, as the course goes east along the shore for about five miles and then heads inland through the farmland and cranberry bogs of East Falmouth. When the course turns onto Thomas Landers Road, the route climbs for 1.5 miles about 70 feet to the highest elevation of the course (about 100 feet above sea level). From mile 12 to mile 15, the course heads south into West Falmouth and is primarily downhill or flat. There is a 3/4 mile downhill at mile 12 that starts that sequence. Between mile 15.5 and 23.5 the course proceeds south into Woods Hole and picks up the first part of the Falmouth Road Race course, going past Nobska Light at mile 22. This 8 mile stretch of terrain consists of a non-stop series short rolling hills mixed in with some flat and with some noteworthy hills (1/4 – 1/3 mile) at 15.5, 17, 20, and 22 miles. Just beyond 23.5 miles, the terrain flattens out again for the last 3.2 miles along the Vineyard Sound shore and back to Falmouth center. The first part is easy, the latter is a test. The people who do well on this course (and consistently year in and year out, 25% of experienced marathoners PR on this course) follow the following formula: go out easy, take plenty of fluids, and save energy for the hills. To get a flavor of how to run this course, check out the History section. The accounts of the ’88 – ’93 races will give you considerable insight. Although the course is not closed to traffic, it is run on secondary roads and monitored by the police and numerous volunteers who man intersections, provide radio communication, medical support, tired runner pick-up, etc.
For a map of the course in different file formats, visit the Marathon Map page.
The Novo Nordisk Cape Cod Marathon Half race course is a fast and scenic route that hugs the Falmouth coastline of Nantucket Sound. Designed to maximize runners’ view of Martha’s Vineyard and the beautiful waters of Nantucket Sound this out and back course is limited to one hill, the famous final hill for the Falmouth Road Race, located in the Heights of Falmouth Heights. But don’t be alarmed- this one hill occurs at miles 3.5 and 9.75 and is over before you know it. The Novo Nordisk Cape Cod Marathon Half starts at Town Hall Square in the heart of Falmouth and proceeds down Walker St. After a quick loop around Beebe Acres Rd. it proceeds to the end of Walker and makes a left onto Surf Drive. The course then takes a left onto Shore St. followed by a right onto Clinton Ave. At the end of Clinton it takes a left onto Scranton where it proceeds until making a right onto Robbins Rd. At the end of Robbins Rd the course takes a right and follows Falmouth Heights Rd, through the finish line of the Falmouth Road Race where the road turns into Menauhant Rd.The course continues on Menauhant Rd. until it forks off to the right onto Ocean Ave. Traveling along Ocean Ave the course flows onto Vineyard St. until it intersects with Bridge St. where it takes a right. At the end of Bridge St. the course take a right back onto Menauhant Rd and continues until the turn-around point at the intersection of Central Ave and Menauhant Rd. The course then follows Menauhant Rd. all the way back to Falmouth Heights Rd. After proceeding past the Falmouth Yacht Club and the Island Queen on Falmouth Heights Rd. the course takes a left on Robbins Rd. At the end of Robbins Rd. the course proceeds left onto Scranton Ave. At the end of Scranton it takes a right onto Clinton Ave where it proceeds until a left onto Shore St. At the end of Shore St. the course takes a right onto Surf Dr. The course then follows Surf Dr. until it makes a right onto Walker St. After another quick look back around Beebe Acres Rd. the course continues down Walker St. until it makes a left onto Chauncery Ln. where the finish line is located.
For a map of the course in different file formats, visit the Marathon Half Map page.