The Harwich Cranberry Harvest Half Marathon, third Race in the Cape Cod Half Marathon Trilogy
Set for Sunday, October 6, 2013, in beautiful Harwich on Cape Cod, the Harwich Cranberry Harvest Half Marathon is a wonderful tour of one of America’s great places at a gorgeous time of year. It has an awesome course in a storied locale - you couldn't ask for a better place to run and enjoy a fantastic early fall weekend. Check out this scenic loop around Harwich's harbors and cranberry bogs.
Posted Saturday, 17 August, 2013
Coming to you the first Sunday in October, the Harwich Cranberry Harvest Half Marathon completes the Cape Cod Half Marathon Trilogy, which includes Hyannis Half Marathon in February and the Johnny Kelley Great Hyannis Half Marathon in May. Whether you have done all three or only plan to run this one, it will certainly be an ideal opportunity to enjoy a weekend or a mini vacation on Cape Cod and enjoy this beautiful course. Cape Cod is an amazing place to run at any time, but especially in early October with the early foliage and cranberry harvest celebrations, mild temperatures and low humidity. And you can enjoy it without the summer crowds.
The course is picturesque, and the post-card views are only part of the draw for runners of all abilities. This will be fun—fun on the run. Every participant—beginner and expert alike--will be treated as a special guest. Every runner is an elite athlete at Harwich. Add to the unique location an exceptionally well-planned, well-organized race and the expertise of BA Events, and the result is a tremendously enjoyable running experience.
This is a great course showing off the Harwiches, and the event will provide about as much fun as you can have while running. From first place to last, each person will be treated as though she or he were the most important person in the event. This race is especially runner-friendly for beginners, or first-time long distance folks; so if you were considering a half marathon—and it seems the entire running community is these days—this would be a great beginning. Alternatively, it can be a perfect springboard to a terrific fall racing season and perhaps even a winter or spring marathon.
This is a clockwise loop which is mainly off the main roads. It begins in Harwich Center and speeds into North and South Harwich, Harwich Port and West Harwich before returning to the town center on lovely roads and a portion of the bike trail. The race starts on Oak Street adjacent to Harwich High School beginning at noon.
Some of the roads the course traverses include Queen Ann Road, Depot Road, Uncle Vennie’s Road, Old Wharf Road, Julien Road, Hoyt Road, Miles Street, Lower County Road, Earle Road, Lathrop Avenue and the Cape Cod Bike Trail. The course is mostly flat with some gentle rolls, single loop with a splendid finish on Oak Street back near the high school. The course is monitored by police and volunteers, with aid stations and port-o-lets in the right places.
The Expo and Packet Pick Up
On Saturday the Race Exposition will be held at the Harwich High School, 75 Oak Street in Harwich Village—the high school will be race headquarters throughout. The Expo will run from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday during which runners can register or pick up race packets. The Exposition and pickup will also be open on race morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with a noon race start. And the Awards and Post Race Party will begin at 2:00 p.m., all at the high school.
Amenities and Awards
Runners who preregister will receive a colorful collectable T-shirt. Granite State Race Services will provide the timing using the state-of-the-art Chronotrack B-tag system, making your bib number both a chip and a keepsake. There will be six aid stations along the route with water, lemon-lime Gatorade, and porto-lets. They have more awards than most events—awards are as plentiful as the hospitality--including 14-and under, 15-17, 18 to 29 and 10-year age groups through 70+. They also provide a series of weight division awards—top three in Filly (150 pounds or more), open and masters, and Clydesdale open and masters in three groups: 190-210, 211-225, and 226+. There is also a senior master (50+, 190 or more) Clydesdale division.
Every finisher will be awarded a medal, and of course your T-shirt is a keeper.
Capstone Photos will be taken during the event and will be available within the week following.
It will be more than a race weekend. It is a perfect chance for a weekend get-away, a mini vacation on a relatively quiet, and always beautiful, Cape Cod. And don’t miss the post race party. It will feature live music as noted and complimentary refreshments.
All the while, you can simply enjoy the ambience of Harwich and Old Cape Cod. Organizers have arranged several accommodation options for comfort and affordability. So please visit the Race Website for information on directions and parking, divisions and awards, course map, accommodations, schedule of events, expo, contacts and sponsors, volunteer opportunities, registration and packet pick up, and everything you need to know:
The Cape Cod Half Marathon Trilogy:
There are three races in this series, and you should plan on running all three in 2014. The Hyannis Half Marathon was first (in conjunction with the Hyannis Marathon and Relay, February 24, 2013); the Johnny Kelley Half Marathon was second in the Cape Cod Half Marathon Trilogy Series, and ran May 26. And the third race to complete the Trilogy will be the Harwich Cranberry Half Marathon, October 6, 2013. Runners who complete all three will receive the Badge of Courage and custom jackets embroidered with the series logo. The top ten scorers in the series will receive FREE entry into all three races in 2014. The overall series winners will receive free weekend accommodations at any of the three Trilogy race locations of their choice in 2014, and there will be merchandise awards for second, third and fourth places in the series.
For more information on the Harwich Cranberry Harvest Half Marathon or the overall Trilogy, contact Paul Collyer, BAEvents@aol.com or 617-625-2140. Address BA Events, P.O. Box 2184, Hyannis, MA 02601.
Harwich—all the Harwiches—is nestled on the southeast corner of Cape Cod that is sometimes referred to as the “elbow”. Harwich is on the shoreline of Nantucket Sound and has three beautiful and busy harbors. It is close to the Cape Cod National Seashore, but has many, many beaches of its own set on miles of ocean shoreline and several ponds. It is 28 miles east of the Cape Cod Canal and about 80 miles from Boston. It was settled in 1670 as part of Yarmouth, and then incorporated in 1694, 81 years before the American Revolution.
The cranberry farming industry was, of course, born here in 1846.
Runners will enjoy Harwich and the essence of Cape Cod—picturesque and historic. The course tours scenic villages, cranberry bogs, harbors and beaches. Harwich, Massachusetts, one of 15 towns on Cape Cod, is a tranquil, relaxing, scenic, and tremendously enjoyable destination for running. The Cape Cod Rail Trail is an excellent resource for either running or biking.
Cape Cod Quiet and Beautiful in Early Autumn
The course tours one of the favorite vacation spots of the northeast, but most of the tourists will be gone in October. Runners can extend their stay in Harwich to enjoy the tranquility of beautiful Cape Cod. The year-round population of the cape is about 207,000, 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; the largest is Long Pond, which lies on the border of Harwich and Dennis. Tourists come from all over the world just to experience Old Cape Cod. Race Weekend in Harwich provides that opportunity—and so much more.
The Right Race, the Right Time
There is tradition and history there, along with expert race/event organization. Beyond the tradition and planning, however, there are unique aspects that help to make this event very special. Set your goals now for October, 2013, and include this one on that list of races. Harwich is your opportunity for a wonderfully memorable weekend at one of the Northeast’s most beautiful locations—and a race you will not forget. Enjoy the unique beauty of Cape Cod and the town that is Harwich. Race it and enjoy it; what a special place! www.baevents.com/harwichhalfmarathon