Activities

Annual memberships provide income for the club to allow it to maintain its schedule of activities. Memberships run the calendar year from January 1 through December 31. Visit the Membership webpage for more information and to join.

The Annual Meeting is held in the early part of January of each year, with the date, time and place announced on this website. There are also monthly meetings, posted on the website, to which all members are invited. It is at these meetings that club policy is determined. So if you have an idea, please consider yourself invited.

Because of the equipment the club has acquired over the years and the club’s considerable race organizing expertise, the FTC offers a race timing service available to other area races. Races as far away as Wellfleet or Plympton have utilized this service. Those who do this work volunteer their time, and fees charged go to support the work of the track club.The club also has available course certification and event management consulting.

The first of the club’s annual races is the Seagull Six Spring Classic (almost 6 miles), starting in Woods Hole, and usually held the last Sunday in March or first Sunday in April. Most club members either run in or volunteer at this race.

The second official FTC race is the Cape Cod Trail Race, added in 2014, which is held in April just a week or two after the Seagull Six. It utilizes the many trails of the Francis Crane Wildlife Management Area and offers race distances from 10K to 50k. Visit the Cape Cod Trail Race website for details on this event.

A summer youth running program is held during July and August for children and teens. Individualized training to improve running technique is offered. Details can be found at the Youth Running Program page on this website, posted sometime in the spring when details of the program are complete.

In September, the Track Club holds the third of our four races, the Main Street Mile. It is a great event because it involves all ages, from small toddlers to grandparents. Most members of the club either run in or volunteer at this event, which is both an excellent speed test for experienced runners and a superb introduction to the sport for newcomers and children alike. See this website’s Main Street mile page for more info.

The Cape Cod Half-Marathon is held on the Saturday morning of Cape Cod Marathon weekend, the last weekend in October. Visit the Cape Cod Marathon website for details on this event.

The Cape Cod Marathon and Relay is held the following morning. This is a great weekend – 1200 runners and 200 relay teams come into town and hundreds of volunteers are needed. Run the marathon, put a relay team together or be part of the excitement by volunteering. Be sure to go to the Cape Cod Marathon website for the latest info.

The Friday Night Five-Miler starts at Falmouth Town Hall parking lot at 5:30 year round. There is no entry fee and runners time themselves. Added to this weekly event is a 2.4-mile walk which starts at the same time and place as the run.

Year round Track Workouts are held at Falmouth High School on Wednesday evening at 5:30. Participants must be Falmouth Track Club members and email reminders are sent out weekly detailing the workout planned for that week. These workouts are for all levels of ability, and feature camaraderie as well as good hard effort. In the winter, the lights are turned on at the track.

A Kids Track & Cross-Country group also meets at the High School on Wednesday evenings, but at 6 pm. The group is geared to kids around middle school age with fun and engaging workouts. Many of the kids participate in local road races and regional cross country meets.

During the winter months, club members open up their homes for Sunday Fun Runs. This is a great opportunity to run in different areas and socialize with other club members. Runners are asked to bring along a pot luck breakfast item. Dates and places are listed on the website.

The Falmouth Track Club offers many events during the year. The year kicks off with the Annual Hangover Classic Run held each January 1st in West Falmouth. There is an official course, but runners can run any distance they please, they are guaranteed a prize (which is usually a surprise) and there is lots of food.

The FTC sponsors the annual Bridge Run a few weeks before the Mid-April Boston Marathon for those in training for that event or who simply want to get in a good early-season long run. Runners start near the Bourne Bridge and run to Woods Hole (20 miles). Some choose to run part of the course.

A number of Boston Marathon Waivers are available to FTC runners based on their contributions to the club. The qualifications and procedure for applying is posted on the website when numbers become available.

In 2009 the club began a program of race fee reimbursement for members, based on club participation. Club clothing needs to be worn in order to claim reimbursement. See FTC Race Fee Reimbursement for details.

In May Track Club members help with the cleanup of the Falmouth Streets by picking up trash along Jones Road. Coffee and bagels at the Cape Cod Bagel Shop are guaranteed once the job is finished.

Most years the Track Club often sponsors a summer cookout, at a member’s home to be announced. We’ve had as many as 65 members turn out for these parties.

Our website has become the primary information conduit for the club. Contributions are welcome, especially pictures of events featuring FTC runners and stories about runs done. Email jepwaite@gmail.com to contribute, or have any corrections or suggestions for the website.

If you have questions about the any of the events, contact any of the officers.

There are many opportunities to become involved, especially in volunteering, either before or during events. It is also a great way to meet other runners and members.