Logo 2019 by Olivia dePunte

Falmouth Flag Day 5K

Logo 2019 by Olivia dePunte

The Falmouth Flag Day 5K has been renamed
Falmouth Education 5K.

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Flag Day 5K Highlights -- 2019
Check presentation On July 22, 2019 we presented more than $11,000 in Flag Day 5K proceeds to, from left, Ellen Barol, Falmouth Education Foundation; Tom Bushy, principal of the Lawrence School for his Parent-Teacher Organization; and Sandy Kapsambelis, principal of Teaticket School, for her school's PTO. The two schools supported this year's race with volunteers and other important services. FEF's mission is to support and enhance educational excellence in Falmouth public schools by awarding annual grants for innovative programs that are outside the district's operating budget. Over the past eight races we have donated more that $60,000 to the foundation. The Ninth Falmouth Flag Day 5K is in the books.Thank you to all who participated and/or volunteered, and special thanks to our fantastic sponsors listed below.
Click here for official results provided by the outstanding team from RaceWire.com. Great job RaceWire!
Photo by Elizabeth Bressoud

New course record at
2019 Flag Day 5K
Charlie Marquardt of Philadelphia lived up to his advanced billing and broke the course record at the Ninth Annual Falmouth Flag Day 5K on June 16 with a 15:40, besting the previous record of 16:10 set in 2016 by Robert DeLeo of Brookline. A 20 mile-per-hour headwind with gusts reaching 28 mph slowed the runners after the turn-around as they pushed through the final straight-away along Vineyard Sound. Marquardt was shadowed by 2015 Harvard grad Billy Looney for the first mile (4:58) but faded at the halfway mark and Marquardt ran alone along the water for the rest of the race. “Around halfway I could feel that the pace was too much for me and Charlie simply put the hammer down and left me in his wake,” explained Looney. Derik Noland, 25, of Kingston and Caleb Gartner, 16, of Falmouth, passed Looney and finished 2-3. Last year’s winner, Lucas Roy, placed fifth. Noland, a former Westfield State runner, and Gartner, a high school junior, chased Marquardt in the last mile but there was no catching the six-time division three All-American out of Haverford College, Penn., class of 2016.
“I felt good,” said Marquardt, who ran a 3:55 mile last summer, has a PR of 14:07 at 5,000 meters and won the race in 2011. “I was hoping to run a bit faster but that headwind in the last mile was tough and I was running alone, so I just cruised in. It’s a really nice race and a beautiful course, with a good bunch of fast runners.”
Jen MacDowell of Falmouth, 32, outran three past champions to record the second woman’s fastest time in the event’s history, 18:51. She ran for Colby College, graduating in 2009, and just moved to Falmouth recently, where she will work as volunteer coordinator at the Falmouth Senior Center. She hit two miles in 11:48 but slowed in the headwind down the stretch. MacDowell beat 2017 winner, Emily Stone of Falmouth, 20:11, Andrea Noland, 20:16, defending champion Julianna Coughlin, Falmouth, 20:31 and 2016 champ, Anne Preisig, Falmouth, 20:50. 
This year, with the race on Father’s Day, John Noland (13th) and his daughter, Andrea (17th), ran away with the father-daughter title, while he also teamed with his son, Derik (2nd) to take the father-son award.
Age-group results were impressive in a several categories. Jim May of Williamson, N.Y., 73, won his division in 22:16, trailed by Falmouth's Lenny Collins in 23:03. Eleven-year-old twins Nathan (20:18) and Silas (20:23) Gartner of Falmouth were 19thand 21stoverall and 1-2 in their age-group. Another 11-year-old, Ava Bullock of Falmouth, clocked a 21:33. On the other end of the age scale, Bob Yates of Falmouth, 82, won his age-group, and Cynthia Cardoza, 72, ran 32:32.
z Jen_MacDowellJen MacDowell of Falmouth wins the women's race in 18:51. (Photos by Lindsay Benson) Charlie_Marquardt
Charlie Marquardt of Philadelphia wins the men's race in a new course record of 15:40


Check out this cool GPS video of the race course created by our talented new co-director, Lindsay Benson. 

Gold Medal Sponsors
Falmouth Hospial/Cape Cod Sports Medicine Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Liam Maguire's Irish Pub Hanlon Shoes

Silver Medal Sponsors

Soft as a Grape Sullivan Engineering  Dunkin' Donuts Cape Cod Rehab

Jack in the Beanstalk

Portapotties by Nauset Disposal
Bronze Medal Sponsors
Anytime Fitness Lawrence-Lynch Corp. Murray & MacDonald Insurance Ocean_Spray

2018: Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 race, Lucas Roy of Upton, Mass. (16:47)
and Julianna Coughlin of Falmouth (19:53).
Special thanks to our voluneers, sponsors and all of the runners and walkers.
Click here for results.
Click for cool photos by Jim Calorio.
And more from 13 Snap Photography.

Men's winner Lucas Roy
Lucas Roy ~ Photo by 13 Snaps Photography
Women's winner Julianna Coughlin
Julianna Coughlin ~ 13 Snaps Photography

Worcester Polytechnic Institute alumnus dominates at Flag Day 5K; Coughlin takes women's race

Former Worcester Polytechnic Institute miler Lucas Roy of Upton, class of 2016, ran away from the field in the Eighth Annual Falmouth Flag Day 5K on June 10 with a time of 16:47, short of the course record of 16:10 set two years ago by Robert DeLeo of Brookline. The Bourne High School alumnus ran with the leaders for the first mile of 5:20 on the out-and-back course along Nantucket Sound and pulled away just before the turn-around on Bridge Street.

From there he was all alone, leaving 40-year-old Russell Greenwald of Natick and 16-year-old Colby Barnes of Mashpee to battle it out for second. Greenwald prevailed over the teenager by four seconds with a strong finish and a time of 17:28. 

Roy, a structural engineer, has recently returned to competitive running after some time off. He finished second in the Cape Cod Beer Race to the Pint 5K in May with a 17:06. At WPI he PRed in the mile with a 4;15 and is planning a return to the track this summer, aiming to break 4:10.

The women’s race was won by Julianna Coughlin, a UMass Framingham grad and dietician from Falmouth, in 19:53. She outran Falmouth’s 50-year-old former winner Anne Preisig along the waterfront route. Coughlin took up running with the Couch to 5K program and found out quickly she could really step out. The women’s course record of 18:26.2 set in 2013 by Ella Martin of Woods Hole was never threatened.

As usual, junior runners vied for the spotlight, led by Henry Gartner of Falmouth, 13, fourth overall with an impressive 18:06, 52 seconds faster than his race last year.

His brother Silas, 10, was 18th in 21:21. Jeremy Bullock, 12, turned in a19:06 to win the 10-12 year-old race.

For the girls, Bianca Grecco, 14, looked sharp in winning her age-group and placing fourth among females with a 21:39.

Among the seniors, the ageless 82-year-old Bill Riley impressed with 25:59, while Don Palladini, 61, stood out with his 20:07 to win his division and outrun everyone over 50. Another indomitable senior, 83-year-old Doris Beatty, was the oldest finisher in 51:26.

The event is a fund-raiser for local nonprofit Falmouth Education Foundation, which received $10,000 after race expenses. The foundation provides grants to local teachers to fund innovative programs in the Falmouth schools. Principal sponsors were The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Falmouth Hospital/Cape Cod Sports Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Liam Maguire's Irish Pub, Hanlon's Shoes of Hyannis and Slade Mortgage.

Yates and Beatty finish strong
Maggie Yates and Doris Beatty finished strong.
T-shirt logo 2018 Congratulations to Jeremy Raber of Falmouth High School for his winning design for the 2018 T-shirts. He received a pair of athletic shoes from our footware sponsor, Hanlon Shoes of Hyannis.

Check out this video by Ryan Webber.

Lots of photos here. Thank you Jim Calorio and Elizabeth Bressoud.
Here's a nice video of the start sent to us by Michael Cohen. Thanks Michael!


Official results from 2017 are HERE.
Great work, Falmouth Track Club!


Deleo, Stone, Gartners, Beatty shine at 2017 race

Rob DeLeo of Brookline ran away with his second straight Falmouth Flag Day 5K on June 11, just missing his course record of 16:10 with a 16:12 victory ahead of Lee Greathoues of Edgartown, who ran 16:50. A strong headwind in the last mile along Vineyard Sound slowed all of the runners.

DeLeo ran 15:38 on the track at the Battle Road Twilight meet on May 13 at Bentley University and was hoping for a sub-16 in Falmouth, but he ran alone most of the way, and  Mother Nature had her own ideas about a course record.

Emily Stone of Falmouth outran defending champion Anne Preisig to take the women’s race, clocking a 20:13 to place 11th overall. Preisig, 49, whose time was 19:47 when she won in 2016, was first among the women masters.

The men’s masters race was won by another Brookline ace, Matthew Herman, 41, in 16:59.

One of the most impressive performances was turned in by nine-year-old Silas Gartner of Falmouth in 22:06, a 7:07 pace, placing him 36th among 401 finishers (459 were registered, including many walkers). Silas’ twin brother Nathan was close behind in 22:45, and brothers Caleb, 14 (17:47) and Henry, 12, in 18:58 made their dad, Ken, very proud. Eighteen of the top 52 finishers were under-17, including a strong contingent from Martha’s Vineyard.  Bianca Greco of North Falmouth, 13, led the way among all girls under 18 with a 21:30. At the other end of the age range, 82-year-old Doris Beatty of Falmouth inspired many of the older participants with a 48:46 effort,

Check out the course from the air, compliments of Marathon Sports: https://youtu.be/LaB2ndvlwoI

Thank-you to Falmouth Track Club, our sponsors, volunteers and runners in the 2016 race.
Results are posted at CoolRunning.com.

Check out these excellent photos taken by Susie Borowski in 2016.
Lots of great pics of the children's races. Thanks Susie!

Falmouth Education Foundation 2016 Flag Day 5K Raises more than $10,000 for Falmouth Education Foundation
Race directors Jo-Ann Leaf and Kathy and Rich Sherman have presented more than $10,000 to Falmouth Education Foundation president Ellen Barol, proceeds after expenses from this year’s walk/run.
Over the past five years, since the foundation became the event’s beneficiary, $40,000-plus has been raised from sponsorships and entry fees.
Falmouth Education Foundation was founded in 2004. Its mission is “to support and enhance educational excellence in the Falmouth Public Schools by awarding annual grants for innovative programs that are outside the district's operating budget.” The founders’ goal was “to provide educators the knowledge, training and materials necessary to remain at the forefront of educational excellence, and to ensure that budgetary constraints would not diminish the opportunity for innovation in our schools.”
This year the foundation helped to fund 39 projects for a total of almost $100,000. Its biggest fundraiser is the annual Winter Gala, which will be held next year on Saturday, March 4, at Coonamessett Inn.
More than 400 runners from nine states registered for this year’s run/walk.
The principal race sponsors are The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Sports Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub and Slade Mortgage. Contributing sponsors are Soft as a Grape, Marathon Sports, Jack in the Beanstalk and Anytime Fitness. The foundation’s website is www.FalmouthEducationFnd.org.
Records Shattered
Robert DeLeo of Brookline shattered the course record at the Sixth Annual Falmouth Flag Day 5K on June 12 and ran one of the fastest 3.1-milers ever on Cape Cod. According to Bob Fitzgerald of New England Runner, "Irish Olympian Marie Davenport ran 15:59 at one of the 'Women Running Wild' 5Ks in Osterville years ago, but 16:10 is certainly one of the fastest south of the Sagamore and Bourne bridges for sure!"
DeLeo decided to run late last week and made the trip over the bridge worthwhile, scorching the waterfront route out and back from Falmouth Heights along Vineyard Sound under a picturesque sky and into a stiff breeze off the water for the last mile.
His time of 16:10.8, a 5:13-per-mile pace, bettered the previous record of 16:29.4 set by Charlie Marquardt of Pasadena, Calif., in 2011. DeLeo’s victory was never in doubt, as he pulled away early from runner-up Matthew Herman of Brookline and won by 57 seconds.
“This was a really nice race on a beautiful course,” said DeLeo after the awards ceremony. “I will spread the word about it back in the Boston area and will plan on returning in 2017.”
Preisig, though a Falmouth resident, had never run the race before, and was glad she did. Her time of 19:47.1 set a master’s record and was one of the fastest women’s time since the race was founded in 2011 by former Falmouth Road Race co-directors Kathy and Rich Sherman and race staffer Jo-Ann Leaf.
A former national champion in duathlon and triathlon, Preisig has represented the U.S. as an age group team member at several Triathlon World Championships, including a second place finish, and 10th in the 5,000 meters at the U.S.A. Track and Field outdoor championships.
Another highlight of the race was a fourth-place overall finish by 13-year-old Caleb Gartner in 18:12.3. He was almost four minutes ahead of the second pla
ce runner in his division.
Robert DeLeo cruises to a course record.
Robert DeLeo cruises to victory and a course record. Susie Borowski photos
Anne Preisig wins in 19:47.1
Anne Preisig of Falmouth wins in 19:47.

Check out a nice story about the race in the Falmouth Bulletin.

Falmouth Flag Day 5K T-shirt art contest winner Max Roman displays his winning design at Falmouth High School. From left, graphic arts teacher John Holladay, Marathon Sports manager David Corbett, Roman and principal Mary Gans. Max, a freshman, received a gift certificate for a pair of sports shoes from Marathon Sports in Mashpee Commons. He is the son of Susan and Seth Roman of Falmouth. More than 40 designs were submitted by students at the high school.

Thank you Max, and all the students who participated, and to Mr. Holladay and Ms. Baker, the art teachers who helped us with the contest.

2016 T-shirt logo

They're off!
What a beautiful day for runners and walkers of all ages! Congratulations to everyone who completed the race.
We had a record turnout of more than 500 including the children's sprints and we raised more than $13,000 for Falmouth Education Foundation.
Thanks to www.RedberryPhoto.com for the photo above and to Susie Borowski for the pictures linked below, including the awards ceremony and many of the youth runners:

Photos by www.RedberryPhoto.com are here:

Unofficial results, provided by Falmouth Track Club, are posted at www.CoolRunning.com.
Please email RaceTiming@FalmouthTrackClub.org with corrections.

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Additonal Sponsors:
Sister Spin Entertainment

British Beer Company



The 2015 Flag Day 5K T-shirt design was created by Falmouth High School junior Stewart Ryther. Falmouth Education Foundation president Ellen Barol presented Stewart with a gift certificate for a pair of shoes, provided by our Official Running Gear Sponsor, Marathon Sports of Mashpee Commons.

Scenic out-and-back course starting and finishing near Falmouth Heights Beach,
British Beer Company and Casino Wharf FX. Course map.

Course records:
Charlie Marquardt, 16, Pasadena, Calif., 16:29.4, 2011
Ella Martin, 19, Woods Hole, Mass., 18:26.2, 2013

Past Results Courtesy of CoolRunning.com and Falmouth Track Club. Thanks!

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

 ** Open and age-group prizes **

Click to read an excellent essay by one of our age-group winners, Jeremy Raber.

We will once again hold children’s sprint races on the ball field
in Falmouth Heights before the 5K,starting at 8:45 sharp:
Around the field (quarter mile) for ages 7, 8 and 9;
50-yard dash for ages 4, 5 and 6; and a 20-yard tot-trot for ages 3 and under.
Parents are welcome to accompany the 3-and-under racers.
Medals will be given to all children who participate.
There will be no pre-registration or charge for the children’s races,
but donations will be welcomed.

Race proceeds, after expenses, are donated to the Falmouth Education Foundation, whose mission is to “enhance educational excellence for the students of the Falmouth Public Schools … through our grants program that provides school staff with the knowledge and materials they need to remain at the frontier of educational excellence.” The foundation funds “innovative opportunities outside the schools' normal operating budgets.”

 Supporters and prize donors:

Barnstable County Sheriff's Office      Falmouth Jewelry Shop

Marathon Sports      WEEI 93.7 FM

Brush Salon, Celebrations, Coonamessett Inn,
Eastman's Hardware, Eight Cousins,
Falmouth Jewelry Shop,
Flying Bridge Restaurant,
Glass Onion, Green Eyed Daisy, Half Shell,
Hannoush Jewelers of Falmouth,
Headlines, Island Queen,
The Jones Family, La Cuchina Sul Mare,
Leary Family Amusement,
Port Cargo, Quarterdeck Restaurant,
Steve's Pizza, Stone L'Oven, Stop and Shop,
Twigs, United Liquors, Uptown  Body

To our runners, walkers, volunteers, supporters and sponsors:
A Heartfelt Thanks for Helping to Make our race a Success!

Thank you to Carolyn and Courtney Bird and the Falmouth Track Club for their excellent job at the finish line.

Profile of co-director Rich Sherman.

Check out the race photos by Susie and Don Borowski on our Facebook page.

Additional Sponsors:


Photo Highlights by Don and Susie Borowski

Start 2014
Heading out along Grand Avenue: Jennifer and Shannon Kane lead the way.
2014 Winner Brian Benestad
Brian Benestad of Katy, Texas, was the winner in 16:30.

The Teaticket Elementary School Tigers had a great day! The first woman, Caroline Almon of Boston, ran 19:38
The Teaticket Elementary School Tigers had a great day and a wonderful turnout. The first woman, Caroline Almon of Boston, ran 19:38

And they're off: Betsy Doud (in pink) and
Drawde Geishecker of the Falmouth Education
Foundation step lively at the start.

Martha Furtek won the 2011 and 2012 Flag Day 5Ks,
while Falmouth Education Foundation board member
Geoff Nickerson won the 2012 race.


Cape Cod Sports Medicine owner Dr. Don O'Malley presents
sponsorship check to race co-director Kathy Sherman

The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod presents a check to The Falmouth Education Foundation for its sponsorship of the Falmouth Flag Day 5k. Proceeds from the race  will benefit The Falmouth Education Foundation. From left: Sheryl Walsh, vice president of retail The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod; Betsy Doud, board of directors president The Falmouth Education Foundation; John Fulone, vice president of marketing The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod; Jo-Ann Leaf, co-director Falmouth Flag Day 5k; and Rich Sherman, co-director Falmouth Flag Day 5K.

Check out our waterfront route, out and back along Vineyard Sound:

Photos from 2011 race, courtesy of Susie and Don Borowski

Official results from the 2011 race:

Online coverage from 2011 race:


Click for list of road races in Falmouth.

Thanks for your support!
Jo-Ann Leaf, Kathy and Rich Sherman