Massachusetts > Cape Cod Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay
Falmouth, MA • Saturday, October 26, 2013 • Course Map
Hailed by publications like Runner's World and New England Runner as one of the country's most scenic marathons, thanks to its course that unfolds along the shoreline of southern Cape Cod, Falmouth's Cape Cod Marathon & Relay marks its 36th annual running on the weekend before Halloween 2013, though just its 3rd ever with the half marathon distance.
Runners in both the half and the full marathons will share the same starting line -- on Main Street in downtown Falmouth -- but different days, as those running the 13.1-mile race will run on Saturday morning, while those running the full marathon and marathon relay will run their race the following day, on Sunday morning.
From the starting line on Main Street in downtown Falmouth, the half marathoners head out on a course that takes them first south along Walker Street past Siders Pond down toward the beach on Vineyard Sound, which looks out across the water to Martha's Vineyard in the distance. Next, runners head east, making a loop along tree-lined residential streets as they make their way toward the Falmouth Inner Harbor, running past the marina and the Falmouth Marine Park as they head north along Scranton Avenue to Queen Street.
After a stretch along Queen and a left turn to head south on King Street, runners then make their way back to Clinton Avenue and begin the long stretch southwest along the shoreline. Like most of the rest of the course, this includes some of the flattest and most scenic terrain of all along the route, as runners head southwest along Surf Drive and the Shining Sea Bikeway trails for the next few miles, which lead down to one of the race's highlights, Nobska Point and the Nobska Point Lighthouse.
Built way back in 1876, the lighthouse today still operates as a home for the commander of the southeastern New England sector of the U.S. Coast Guard, and runners will be able to take in the view of the light and the surrounding point of land sticking out into the ocean as they head south all the way down to the end of the point. They'll pass right by Nobska Pond and then make the turn to head north along the eastern shore of the point, and then contine on northwest along Oyster Pond Road, taking them past the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on the way back into Falmouth.
The final couple of miles of the half marathon take runners north away from the beach and around Oyster Pond and Salt Pond, and then back toward the beach for a brief stretch along Surf Drive before heading north along Walker for the home stretch in to the race finish line, at Falmouth's Town Hall Square.
Note: The half marathon is limited to the first 1,200 entrants, and runners will have a course time limit of 3 hours -- after 3 hours, the course will be closed and anyone finishing will not receive an official time.
Weather & Climate
Nestled along the southern end of Cape Cod in southern Massachusetts, about 70 miles south of Boston and roughly 70 miles east (by car) from Providence, R.I., Falmouth typically sees October temperatures that average between 45°F and 62°F, while rainfall totals average just under 4 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Oct. 26), the average low is 42°F and the average high is 59°F.
View the race route map for the Cape Cod Half Marathon
$60 for the half marathon, if registered by June 30, 2013
$75 between July 1 - October 25, or until the race sells out
To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of Falmouth's Cape Cod Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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