Third Annual Cape Cod Invitational Cup Club Relay
For the third year running, Falmouth Track Club organized and hosted the Cape Cod Invitational Cup (CCIC) Club Relay Challenge held during the 2014 Cape Cod Marathon/Relay in Falmouth on Sunday, 26th October, 2014.
Last year, including Falmouth Track Club, a total of five eastern New England running clubs competed against each other for the right to hold and display the Cape Cod Invitational Cup Trophy for twelve months, until this year’s Cape Cod Marathon.
The format for the competition is that each Club nominates at least two Relay teams: Men’s Open; Women’s Open; Mixed Men’s; and Women’s Open.
Each team’s score is determined by their overall placing in the Relay (ranked by all 220 relay teams completing the race; aka ‘cross country’ scoring), and the Club with the lowest total score from their two teams wins the Cape Cod Invitational Cup trophy.
Based on this methodology, the winning Club for 2013 was the Cape Cod Athletic Club.
This year, six regional running Clubs competed. The three winning Club scores were much closer than in previous years, and the winning Club was again Cape Cod Athletic Club, scoring an amazingly low 7 points ie the CCAC Men’s Open Squad (Men’s) team Captained by Mike Merrill was 2nd overall and the CCAC Coed (Mixed Men’s and Women’s) team Captained by Geof Newton was 5th overall.
Total Club scores for the top three places were:
1st: Cape Cod Athletic Club – 7
2nd: Greater Boston Track Club – 13
3rd Wampanoag Road Runners – 19
Comparing this year’s top three final scores of 7, 13 and 19, to last year’s top three final scores of 5, 36 and 74, shows that the Cape Cod Invitational Cup Club competition is getting more and more competitive, as the top three scorers this year had combined finishing places of less than 20!
Top three Clubs also receive a discounted entry fee in 2015.
The other Clubs competing, Colonial Road Runners, Falmouth Track Club and Thirsty Irish Runners, with very impressive total scores of 26, 34 and 74, respectively, finished 4th, 5th and 6th place.
Following their spectacular back-to-back win, the Cape Cod Invitational Club Relay Cup was presented to Howard Tansey, President, Cape Cod Athletic Club, and runners from CCAC’s two Relay teams, at a post-race ceremony in Falmouth, by John Banner, Director, FTC, on 26th October 2014.
Cape Cod Athletic Club will hold the Cup until October next year and will return the cup to FTC prior to the 2015 Cape Cod Marathon so that it can be presented to the winner of the 2015 CCIC Club Relay Challenge.
For the 2015 competition, Falmouth Track Club plans to expand the number of Clubs invited and it is expected that there will be 10+ clubs competing for the Cup.
Congratulations again to Cape Cod Athletic Club and to all the runners who participated in the 2014 Cape Cod Invitational Cup Club Relay Challenge!