The Falmouth Triathlon took place on Sunday, 07/16/17 at Surf Drive Beach. New England Endurance Events, the sponsor is located on Cape Cod, and is fully immersed in the Southeastern Massachusetts triathlon and running communities.  Their management and staff are all current athletes.  Our contact was Kathleen Walker who is a seasoned triathlete, a USA Triathlon certified race director and a Red Cross certified lifeguard. She has been active in triathlon event production since 2003 for races both on and off Cape including assisting the race directors of both the Hyannis Sprint Triathlon and the Falmouth Triathlon.  For the past three years she has been the director of two annual triathlons (Wellfleet Sprint Triathlon and Gut Check Triathlon) as well as two road running races — all located on Cape Cod.

The course is unique for its 600 yards (1/3 mile ~) warm salt-water swim, a 9 mile scenic bike ride that climbs to the majestic Nobska Point Light, and a 5k (3.1 mile) run entirely alongside Surf Drive Beach.


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Participants were notified that there will be NO parking at race site OR on Falmouth’s Main Street. Primary parking sites were the Mullen School, Lawrence School and Falmouth Marine Park (all less than one mile from venue).  All competitors received an athlete’s guide prior to the event with essential parking information. Additionally, police and staff were posted at all entrances to the race venue, blocking access by vehicles and directing participants to approved parking lots.  Cooperation by all is critical to the continued approval of this event by the town.

The Old Stone Dock Association was called upon to assist with traffic control. The Police Department detail was headed by Sergeant Michael Simoneau. Old Stone Dock volunteers were at their posts from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and their assignments are listed below.

Madeleine Marken – Locust/Mill
Anne Prior – Locust/Mill
Mike Herlihy – Main/Walker
Rocco Maffei – Main/Walker
Richard Worob – Main / Shore Street Extension
Steve Saunders – Katharine Lee Bates / Mullen School
David Colacicco – Main / Library Lane
Kevin Doyle – Main / Shore
Sergeant Michael Simoneau – Main / Shore
Charlie Deignan – Shore/Clinton (missed photo op)
Richard Prior – Roving Donut and Coffee Patrol
Terry Saunders – Roving Bike Photographer

Story reported by Terry Saunders

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