Fall 50 Cape Cod is designed to be a daylong running adventure set against the colorful backdrop of Cape Cod, Massachusetts during peak Fall colors. Participants may compete as members of a team of 2-5 runners or as a solo ultra-marathoner.
The course starts on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Wellfleet, Mass. at The Beachcomber Pub and finishes on the sand at Craigville Beach in the town of Barnstable west of Hyannis. In between, the 50-mile route takes runners through some of the most scenic parts of the Cape including the Cape Cod National Seashore and lots of miles along the Cape Cod Rail Trail and Old Colony Rail Trail. The quaint towns and villages that dot the route include Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Harwich, West Dennis, South Yarmouth, Hyannis and Barnstable.
The Fall 50 has a wave start. All solo runners will start at 7 am to allow them the maximum daylight available. The teams will start in four waves every 45 minutes at 7:45 am, 8:30 am, 9:15 am and 10 am. In early September, the teams will be assigned start times based on their anticipated ‘team pace,’ with the slowest teams starting earlier and the fastest teams starting later. This approach will concentrate the arrival of most participants to the finish line between 4 and 6 pm on Saturday. Team pace is calculated by taking the average of the team members’ paces.
The finish line celebration will begin at 1 pm at the east parking lot at Craigville Beach beneath a massive big top tent. Participants will cross the finish line on the beach directly in front of the party tent to the cheers (and jeers) of fellow runners. A DJ will be playing music and announcing the names of finishers for the friends, family, teammates and competitors waiting beneath the tent. The finish line buffet will include unlimited beer, pizza, wine and soda with “beer garden” style seating (long tables end-to-end). Runners can celebrate their achievement on a dance floor with DJ music and enjoy watching photos projected on the tent’s ceiling that were uploaded by the participants themselves via Instagram throughout the day. Admission to the party tent is included with each participant’s registration. Family and friends may enter the tent for a fee – $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 7-17, children age 6 & under are free. The awards ceremony will take place at 6:30 pm. In addition to awards for being fast runners (see Categories & Awards), the Fall offers giant magnum bottles of champagne to the top three teams voted by our judges and staff to have the “best team name” and the top three teams with “best costumes.”