2017 Falmouth New Balance Road Race, FHMNA Members’ Comments

Since 2012, the road race has been managed by Dave McGillivray, Race Director, and Matt Auger, Race Operations Manager, of Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, Inc. (DMSE), a firm that manages mass participatory road race events, including the Boston Marathon.  For a full list of organizers and other information, see http://www.falmouthroadrace.com/race-management-team/

Each year, the FHMNA asks our members for their comments, which we forward to DMSE and Scott Ghelfi, FRR Board President.

The organizers welcome receiving first hand observations from FHMNA members and have improved the race experience based upon them.

For the past several years, your input has led to fewer complaints and more positive feedback.

Here are the 15 comments we received (anonymous):

Notification of the parking bans on Worcester Ct seem to have been trouble free.  Boarding the buses by number seem to be troublesome for some.  It was helpful that they blocked traffic from going down Worcester Ct south of Jericho Path. Overall a great job.
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I thought it was well run!!  My first Falmouth road race!
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I have seen the Road Race for 45 years.  This year my observations are SUPER!   I have also observed the field and surroundings on the evening of the race.  The metal  orange fencing at vital spots was outstanding, clean and sharp.  Some of the tents seemed newer, crisp and well placed.  It appeared that organizational skills were at the highest they have ever been.  The evening ride reflected such cleanliness that you would never know a road race had taken place.  Congratulations to the  Management.
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From a spectator’s point of view, I thought the race was well planned and executed. ¬†The “no parking” on the Worcester Ct green this year helped minimize the traffic congestion on Worcester Ct. ¬†Additionally, cars were not allowed to go southbound on Worcester Ct past Jericho Path which allowed for spectators to safely walk to the finish line. ¬†Job well done!
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Mostly trash issues on Heights Road and near Tides hotel.
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I thought that the race was well managed this year – no hitches near as I could tell. ¬†Nicely done. In terms of things to consider for next year, I recall that a couple of years ago the Race offered a “girls night out with a run” on the Friday or Saturday before. My wife liked it and then was¬†disappointed that it wasn’t continued. ¬†As I recall, it was pretty low key, with minimal impact on the community, yet it drew more people to the weekend.
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Nicely done. In terms of things to consider for next year, I recall that a couple of years ago the Race offered a “girls night out with a run” on the Friday or Saturday before. ¬†My wife liked it and then was disappointed that it wasn’t continued. ¬†As I recall, it was pretty low key, with minimal impact on the community, yet it drew more people to the weekend.
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Get rid of the huge crane holding the flag and the executive tent! All they do is block the view of the hundreds of people waiting in the field for friends and family.
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Best ever, quick setup/ takedown. I ¬†Walk ¬†Worcester Ct. & the beach and ball fields daily. All grounds & beach area were cleaner when done then started! Having the “no parking ” on Worcester Ct. was a great idea also.¬† Congrats to The Falmouth Road Race Team!!
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I feel that the road race was successfully. For having 12.8 K runners with another 75K onlookers.  The area was very clean and back to normal within  few hours.  The road race organization appears to be receptive to outside input. ___________________________________________

Parking for spectators is a problem. ¬†Some neighbors put up snow stakes or makeshift fences in order to keep cars off their lawns. Clean up after the race is done in record time …..amazing!
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I think the race was very well done.  I could see no problems and therefore have no comments.
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Heights ball field and beach area well cleaned, but lots of bottles, cans, etc. between the beach and Yacht Club and further up Grand Ave to MacDougalls.  I saw all this after watching a neighbor dump 3 large bags of trash he’d collected into the Deacons Ave park town barrel.  Do you have a team walk the entire race route?  If not, they should.
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Heard about 6 ambulances during the morning, one which had a hard time getting around some cars parked on one side of the road.  Without the extra spaces available, especially next year when the granite curbs will be installed, what can you do to assure emergency access?
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Left over trash – ballfield looked great but some areas along Heights hill and yacht club area not so good.