Excitement—The Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay on Cape Cod
This will be the 34th running of the marathon. Be there. Set for the weekend of February 21-23, 2014, the Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay provide a terrific race for anyone. Awesome courses in a wonderful locale—you couldn’t ask for a better place to run and enjoy a fantastic weekend getaway. Check out these great races in that unique place that is beautiful, scenic Hyannis on Cape Cod.
Posted Wednesday, 15 January, 2014
This will be a tremendous running weekend with the milder late February weather of Cape Cod, from the 5km fun run and party on Friday evening through the terrific post race party at the host Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis. This will be the first big race on the Cape for 2014. What a way to get the season started! Celebrity runners and Boston Marathon legends Bill Rodgers and Dick Beardsley, along with Dick and Rick (Team) Hoyt, a pre-race pasta dinner, a race exposition, terrific awards, and a spectacularly picturesque course all add up to a wonderful opportunity for a memorable race experience.
And the Half Marathon will be the first of the popular Half Marathon Trilogy. It’s followed by the Johnny Kelly Great Hyannis Half Marathon, May 25, 2014; and the Harwich Cranberry Harvest Half Marathon on October 5, 2014. The Cape Cod Trilogy has a points and prize structure and offers jackets to everyone who finishes all three. Check it out on the race website. www.hyannismarathon.com
The Hyannis Marathon and associated events provide a terrific run for everyone--a great race in a beautiful place. The 2014 edition of the Hyannis Marathon certainly will be an ideal opportunity to enjoy a weekend or a mini vacation on Cape Cod, no matter which race option you choose. This will be the first of the New England marathons, enhanced by the beauty and history of the Cape. The course is picturesque, and the post-card views are only part of the draw for runners of all abilities. This will be fun, folks—fun on the run. Every participant—in each of the race events—will be treated as a special guest. Every runner is an elite athlete at Hyannis.
The 34th Annual Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay will take place on Sunday, February 23, 2014. All races will begin at 10:00 a.m., although there is a 9:30 early start for those challenged by the six-hour course limit. Race Headquarters--exposition, packet pick-up, pre-race pasta dinner, awards and post race party--will be at the Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis, 35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis, MA 02601.
Your weekend gets underway on Friday evening, February 21, with the Hanlon Shoe 5km Family Fun Run, at 7:00 p.m. which begins at Hanlon Shoes at 387 Main Street. Following the run there will be “Dinner and Drinks” (cash) at Palio Pizzeria nearby at 435 Main Street.
It will be a celebration, and excitement is in the air. Registration is already well ahead of last year. They can only accommodate 400 in the marathon, 2,500 in the half, and 75 teams in the relay, so register early. Not only that, but the price goes up after December 31, and you must register by then to be guaranteed one of those unique and colorful long sleeve T’s.
These races are for FUN. 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 events are especially runner-friendly for beginners, or first-time long distance folks. Alternatively, it can be a perfect tune up for Boston (and a Boston qualifier for 2015 because the courses are USATF-certified).
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 Exposition, a fun run, pre-race pasta bash, and post-race awards with the post party and live music. Yes, the post race party will be held at the Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis, second floor, and will feature complimentary food with a cash bar.
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, nicely outlined on the race website.
The Race Exposition in the main ballroom of the Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis will be open on Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. respectively. There will be a variety of exhibitors available. And race packets will be available all through Saturday and from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. Sunday, race day. Bill Rodgers, Dick Beardsley, and Team Hoyt will be available to chat, have photos and sign autographs and books from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 Saturday. They will also speak at the pasta dinner.
Please check the Web Site www.hyannismarathon.com for an impressive list of sponsors, exhibitors, directions, beneficiaries, course info, registration, results and a listing of very attractive merchandise/keepsakes. Late registration, if available (extremely unlikely) will also be open during these times. But do not wait.
Marathon, Half Marathon, or Relay--Events For You
Everyone can participate; there is a race for all. She may run the marathon, while he runs the half or the relay. Four friends may get 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.
Teammates, or family members can enjoy the weekend by volunteering or running the Marathon Relay. It has four legs--two are 7.3 miles in length, and two of 5.8 miles. However, act fast, because there will be a cutoff at only 75 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. For example, there is an early start for slower runners. Early start marathoners, half marathoners and relay teams will have different colored bibs, which will identify runners by event.
There is a significant price break for registering by December 31, 2013. Do so, no matter which option you choose! Attractive, colorful long-sleeve T-shirts will be guaranteed to all who register before January 1, and thereafter as available.
Both courses are smooth and mostly flat with a few rolls. 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. All events end at the same finish line near the Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis—no bussing, no point to point.
Runners will enjoy the essence of Cape Cod—picturesque and historic. The events tour scenic villages and beautiful beaches. The villages of Hyannis Port 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.
The Guts to Run a Winter Marathon
This will be New England’s first 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. 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 23 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.
There are 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 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.
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 Craigville Beach and the Resort and Conference Center--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 (10-year age groups), and each goes three deep. In other words there are 126 age division awards, plus awards for numerous weight divisions. Marathon and half-marathon division winners will receive very attractive medals. Chronotrack B-Tag timing by Granite State Race Services will offer immediate, accurate results.
Every finisher will be awarded a medal—both marathon and half marathon.
Both races include more Clydesdale and Filly weight-division prizes than any other marathon 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 bonus reward for a marathon course record. Judson Cake set the Marathon record in 2010 (2:22:23), and Kim Duclos holds the women’s record of 2:56:06 (2008). Both the Marathon and Half Marathon are certified.
There will be three 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. 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 210,000, 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 three options and 34 years of history, and the result is a tremendously enjoyable running experience.
The Right Race, the Right Time
There are 34 years of tradition here. 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 2014, 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.