FTC Office Grand Opening
The Falmouth Track Club Office is Now Open for Business!
On Tuesday, June 12th the Falmouth Track Club hosted an open house at its new office at 661D Main Street Falmouth. The office is located in a building right behind the new Cape Cod Cooperative Bank office and is next door to the Falmouth Road Race office.
The open house was well supplied with delicious appetizers, including fresh oysters and littleneck clams on the half shell, prepared by the Quarterdeck’s Steve Bird, served along with Offshore Amber Ale, wine, and soft drinks.
The spacious office serves as the nerve center of the Cape Cod Marathon, other FTC activities and as a meeting area. The storage space holds FTC and CCM memorabilia, race equipment and everything else that was kept at Courtney and Carolyn Bird\’s garage and basement for the past 30 plus years.
Tommy Leonard has loaned a treasured piece of running history – the Boston Marathon countdown clock that for years hung on the wall at the famed Eliot Lounge in Boston. It now has a home on the wall in the office.
Since early January, members of the club have volunteered many hours remodeling the 900-square-foot space to meet the FTC’s and Marathon\’s needs. While the electrical work, some of the carpentry, sheet rock finishing, installation of an a/c unit, and carpet installation was handled by professionals, the rest of the work, including demolition of existing partitions and an alter (the space formerly was used as a church), finish carpentry, painting, building more than 500 lineal feet of shelving, setting up the computers and network, and decorating the space was done by club members on their own time.
Special thanks goes to Paul DiAngelis who volunteered over 90 hours doing finish carpentry, painting, and building shelves, Courtney Bird who laid out the space and acted as general contractor, and Mike Falcone who set up the operating network. Other club members who donated time and have earned the Club’s thanks were Mike Garry, John Banner, Bob Richards, Matt Auger, Jack Carroll, Bob Piccolo, Russ Pelletier, and Ed Pas – all of whom contributed to one or more phases of construction.
Last but not least, thanks go to the moving crew that brought two truck loads of stuff from Bird’s garage to the office and put it all away under the watchful eyes of Leslie DiAngelis, the CCM Administrator and FTC Office Manager, and to Taylor Rental for loaning us one of their box trucks for the move.