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Cape Cod Marathon

Falmouth, MA

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, October 29, 2017
2016: Sunday, October 30, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 45°F (7°C)
Average High: 53°F (11°C)
Average Low: 37° F (2°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.34
Course Score: 98.34

Race Size

2016: 534 Finishers
2015: 626 Finishers
2014: 789 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 6.4%
2015: 8.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Cape Cod Marathon begins in the Falmouth Village Green, runs past the Falmouth Inner Harbor, along the Nantucket Sound with views of Falmouth Heights and Menauhant, across Green Pond and through the rustic wooded areas of Davisville and past Falmouth's legendary Cranberry bogs in Hatchville.

The race then turns west towards the Buzzards Bay villages of West Falmouth and Sippiwissett and south through Woods Hole. After travelling through Woods Hole, the race then returns to the beaches of the Sound, past the lighthouse and along the beaches of Surf Drive and then back through the downtown streets of Falmouth to finish at the Village Green.

Marathon Rankings

The Cape Cod Marathon was the 135th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 127th largest in 2015.

Last year 6.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Cape Cod Marathon the 338th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 235th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.34 ranks it as the 268th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Massachusetts.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Cape Cod Marathon a PR Score of 98.34. This PR Score ranks it as the 221st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Massachusetts.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 143 feet (43m)
Min Elevation: 1 feet (0m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Cape Cod Marathon

4 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2012 Cape Cod Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


A mid-sized race (1000 finishers). You can stay warm before the race in a high school gym but arrive early because the school does not have enough parking. Run through pretty Cape Cod towns w/ lots of ocean views and wooded scenery. Water stops are only every 3 miles. I brought a bottle so I could fill up esp during the later miles. Nice expo and volunteers. Cotton long sleeve shirt.

Race Tips

The early miles are flat but then you get a steady stream of rollers that can take a collective toll. Toughest hill is around mile 21. The roads are all open to traffic (even the crowded early miles) and there seemed to be plenty of annoyed drivers.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I stayed about 30 miles away in hyannis port. Arrive early to use the school parking otherwise you have to find local street parking.

Finish Time Equivalent

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