Excitement is Building--Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and Marathon Relay
Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Marathon and associated events provide a terrific run for everyone. Yes, for everyone. It’s a great race in an awesome place.
Posted Friday, 23 December, 2005
The 2006 edition of the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and Marathon Relay certainly will be an ideal opportunity to enjoy a weekend or a mini vacation on Cape Cod, no matter which race option you choose. They will be the first of the 2006 New England marathons and half-marathons. There are 26 years of tradition here, and a culture of running. The course is picturesque, and the post-card views are only part of the draw for runners of all abilities. This will be fun, baby—fun on the run. Every participant—in each of four race events—will be treated as a special guest. Every runner is an elite athlete at Hyannis.
The Twenty-Sixth Annual Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and Marathon Relay will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2006. All races will begin at 10:00 a.m. It will be a celebration, and excitement is building. Registration is already well ahead of last year.
These races are for FUN. Challenging, yes. Any long distance race is challenging. But this will be as much fun as you can have while running. Every runner will be treated as though she were the most important person in the race. These races are especially runner-friendly for beginners, or first-time big distance folks. Alternatively, it can be a perfect tune up for Boston.
It will be more than a race weekend. It is a perfect chance for a weekend get-away, a mini vacation on a quiet, and always beautiful, Cape Cod. There will be plenty to keep you busy, if you like, with a two-day Race Expo, a fun run, pre-race pasta bash, and post-race awards.
And don’t miss the post race party. It will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Resort Hotel, and will feature a live band, and complimentary refreshments provided by Budweiser and Knife Distributors of Kingston, Massachusetts.
All the while, you can simply enjoy the quiet ambience of Hyannis and Old Cape Cod. Organizers have arranged several accommodation options for comfort and affordability.
The Race Expo in the main ballroom of the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Resort Hotel will be open on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a variety of exhibitors available. Please check the Web Site www.hyannismarathon.com for an impressive list of sponsors, exhibitors, directions, and a listing of very attractive merchandise/keepsakes. Number, chip, and T-shirt pick up will be available throughout the Expo on Saturday (noon to 5:00 p.m., as well as on Sunday, race day morning, from 7:15 to 9:30. Late registration will also be available during these times. But really, do not wait.
Four Options at Four Points—Events For You
Everyone can participate--friends and significant others, there is a race for all. She may run the marathon, while he runs the half or the 10K. Or how about four friends getting together for a reunion—a great weekend to catch up, and participate in the relay? People come from all over the country to enjoy this. Your friends will too, if you ask them.
Four friends, teammates, or family members can enjoy the weekend by running the Marathon Relay. It has four legs--two are 7.3 miles in length, and two of 5.8 miles. However, if you want to get into the relay, act fast, because there will be a cutoff at only 50 teams. All events will have caps in order to deliver friendly, personalized service to all, whether elite, average, or back-of-the-pack participants. This marathon is simply one of the best for first-time marathoners, but it is also popular with veterans. The new rule--every runner is treated as a guest.
Consideration is given to all paces and abilities, all sizes and disabilities. For example, there is a marathon early start for slower runners, so the awards can be presented on time. Early start marathoners and relay teams will have different colored bibs. In fact, different color bib numbers will identify all runners by event.
There is a significant price break for registering by February 15, 2006. Do so! Attractive, colorful long-sleeve T-shirts will be given to all who register before February 15th, and after February 15th as available.
All three courses are paved, smooth, and mostly flat. There are just enough slight inclines to relax the muscles. The course is monitored by police and volunteers, with aid stations and port-o-lets in the right places.
The Marathon and Marathon Relay will run a terrifically scenic double loop, the half marathon navigates one loop. The 10K course follows the longer races for most of its 6.2 miles, with an enjoyable shortcut back to Four Points. All four events end at the same finish line near the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Resort Hotel—no bussing, no point to point. Four Points is the only point.
Runners will enjoy the essence of Cape Cod—picturesque and historic. All four events tour scenic villages and beautiful beaches. The villages of Hyannisport and Centerville have that quintessential Cape Cod/New England look and feel. Fishing villages, Craigville Beach, the John F. Kennedy Memorial (overlooking Lewis Bay), Officer Michael Aselton Memorial Park, the Kennedy family compound, Kalmus Beach (one of the best wind surfing beaches on the east coast—year round), Fortes Beach, the magnificent homes of whaling captains, ferries to the islands, fishing fleets, and the rolling Atlantic horizon are a few of the scenic vistas.
Making It Happen
Five USATF clubs combine their efforts as volunteers, a rarity in running today. The Cape Cod Athletic Club, Colonial Road Runners, Mystic Runners, Somerville Striders Athletic Club, and Boston Triathlon Team all have key responsibilities. Also helping out, and benefiting from the race, will be the Dennis-Yarmouth High School Track Team, the Brockton High School Cross Country Team, the organizers of Christopher’s 5K, and the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod. All together, they represent the present and future of running. As Race Director Paul Collyer likes to say, “Runners supporting running.” Those of you who cannot run but want to participate would be welcomed with open arms by the above volunteers.
Marathon Man Bill Rodgers
Bill Rodgers will be the guest speaker on Saturday evening, February 25, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and Marathon Relay Pasta Dinner (6:00 to 9:00 p.m.) Bill will also appear at the Hanlon Shoe Friday Night Fun Run in downtown Hyannis, and at the Race Expo on Saturday (2:00 to 5:00 p.m.) to sign autographs and speak with participants. He will, if you like, sign a free multi-colored marathon poster, just for you.
“Boston Billy” is best known for his four wins at Boston and four consecutive wins at New York, the only person ever to do so. He was also an Olympian in 1976 and 1980, and is one of the most famous distance runners of all time. He holds a masters degree in special education from Boston College, and heads the Bill Rodgers Running Center at Fanueil Hall in Boston. He appears at speaking engagements and road races around the globe. He was the world’s top ranked marathoner in the late seventies to early eighties. He was favored to win gold at the Moscow Olympics until the US boycott. In addition to several American marathon records, he also set a world record for 25K. Rodgers also set American records for 15K, 20K, 30K, and one hour (12 miles, 1,351 yards). He is a true ambassador of the sport.
Dick and Rick Hoyt, Team Hoyt, will also be at the Expo on Saturday (4:00 to 5:30 p.m.) to autograph copies of their book, “Its Only a Mountain.”
In addition, Tom Derderian of the Greater Boston Track Club will be on hand to autograph his incredible book, “Boston Marathon: The First Century of the World’s Premier Running Event.” There will likely be some additional surprise celebrity guests.
The Guts to Run a Winter Marathon
They will be New England’s first marathon and half-marathon of the year, and the timing is perfect. Relatively consistent temperatures make distance running on the Cape in winter comfortable, whereas April and May can be very unpredictable, and often hot. Marathon weekend will be only three weeks before the Spring Equinox. It’s certainly a better alternative than training in the cold, and marathoning in the heat. There will be two more hours of sunshine compared to mid December. The average high for February 26 is 41 degrees, with a record high (1984) of 61 degrees.
Weather on Cape Cod is milder than the rest of New England. The Gulf Stream historically brings moderate running and biking/windsurfing weather. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy outdoor activities year round, and many recreational runners enjoy the trails and byways along the Cape’s shores in winter. However, be prepared for any weather. This is New England. It takes guts, both to run it and to organize it. But the more you think about late February for a marathon/half marathon, the more attractive it becomes.
Two Team Options--Marathon Relay Teams, and Half Marathon Teams
Team participation brings a whole new perspective to distance running, and to weekend getaways. The top three score in the Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Half Marathon. Divisions will include male and female open, masters, and seniors, mixed open, masters, and seniors (at least one woman), as well as Clydesdale and Filly teams, so there are plenty of opportunities to bring home a beautiful plaque. This is in addition to overall, age, weight, and division winners in each event.
Got Friends? Bring friends. Relay teams include the following divisions--female and male open, masters, and seniors, as well as Fillies, and Clydesdales. Four teammates (relay teams may have less than four) can enjoy a weekend away by running the Marathon Relay. The relay handoff points are Craigsville Beach and the Four Points Sheraton—Four Points, four legs.
Awards and Divisions
Awards are as plentiful as the hospitality at these events. There will be engraved plaques for the top woman and man in each race. There are seven age divisions for each race, and each goes three deep. In other words there are 126 age division awards, plus awards for visually impaired, and numerous weight divisions. Marathon and half-marathon division winners will receive very attractive medals, while 10K winners will be awarded trophies. Championchip timing by Granite State Race Services will offer immediate, accurate results.
Every finisher will be awarded a medal—all three events.
All four races include more Clydesdale and Filly weight-division prizes than any other marathon, 10K, or half marathon, all going three deep. Clydesdale open and masters 190 to 210 pounds, Clydesdale open and masters 211 to 225 pounds, and open and masters 226 and above. The Clydesdale senior division is 190 pounds and up. Filly open and masters’ (140 pounds) prizes are also awarded in all three individual events.
Winning half-marathon teams will be awarded plaques, while winning relay teams will receive specially crafted Quahog Shells.
There will be a $500 reward for a marathon course record. Mike Slinskey set the Marathon record in 1995 (2:26:51), and Agnes Ruane holds the women’s record of 2:56:23 (1988). Both the Marathon and Half Marathon are certified. Julie Peterson holds the record for the Half Marathon at 1:15:41 (1991), while Larry Barthlow set the men’s record at 1:06:56 in the same year. Katie Wasilenko set a new 10K course record in winning the 2004 event at 40:20, while Ken Pliska set the men’s 10K record (32:02) in 2002.
Weekend Getaway or Reunion
There will be four event options associated with Marathon Day, providing a distance, pace and challenge for everyone. And what a location! What wonderful scenery! The surroundings alone guarantee enjoyment. In addition to the fabulous Old Cape Cod style, scenery, and ambiance, these events have terrific organization; and a wonderful venue for pre and post-race festivities—The Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Resort Hotel. This will be a memorable weekend getaway, exciting and affordable, a goal worth pursuing.
Cape Cod Quiet
The courses tour one of the favorite vacation spots of the northeast, but most of the tourists will be gone. Runners can extend their stay in Hyannis to enjoy the tranquility of beautiful Cape Cod in winter. The year-round population of the cape is 205,000, but swells by three times that number during the summer months. Cape Cod has 550 miles of shoreline, totals 396 square miles, and has 360 lakes and ponds. Tourists come from all over the world just to experience Old Cape Cod. Race Weekend in Hyannis provides that opportunity—and so much more.
Hyannis, Massachusetts, one of 15 towns on Cape Cod, is a tranquil, relaxing, scenic, and tremendously enjoyable destination for running. Add to the location an exceptionally well-planned, well-organized race with four options and 26 years of history, and the result is a tremendously enjoyable running experience.
The Right Race, the Right Time
There are 26 years of tradition here, and it just feels right when you walk into the Sheraton Resort Hotel. The marathon began in 1978, and the half marathon was added in 1985. The marathon is a qualifier for Boston. Beyond the tradition, however, there are unique aspects that help to make this event very special. And it is not only the last marathon before Boston, but is also first in the region in the calendar year. Late February is the perfect target to keep your running on track.
Set your goals now for 2006, and include this one on that list. Hyannis is your opportunity for a wonderfully memorable weekend at one of the Northeast’s most beautiful locations—and a race you will not forget.