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Off to the Races

Harwich 5k Road Race
Harwich 5K Road Race

Local road races are plentiful throughout the Cape and Islands during the summer months. Whether you are out to explore a new area or looking or set a personal record, there is a race for you.

Falmouth June Jog - Falmouth, June 2

The 4 mile run start at scenic Falmouth Heights Beach and finishes at the East Falmouth Elementary School. A "Fun Run" will be at the school for kids 14 and under after the race. T-Shirts for paid registrations and wards for top finishers. view race website 

The Old Sandwich Road Races - Plymouth, June 2

The annual Old Sandwich Road Races (5K, 10K and half-marathon) takes place on the oldest road in America. Originally a trail used by the Wampanoag Native American tribe, Old Sandwich Road later became the nation’s first true public road and a stagecoach route to ferry passengers and mail back and forth between the Massachusetts towns of Plymouth and Sandwich. Today, the road remains pretty much as the Pilgrims left it–a breathtaking, wide dirt road bordered by beautiful tall pine trees and towering oaks.view race website 

Barnstable Recreation and Cape Cod Harriers 5K Challenge - Osterville, June 2

The 5K Challenge features a half-mile kids’ race and a 5K run/walk, along with awards, a post-race ceremony, and more. Entries received before May 11 will receive a free race shirt. The race will begin and end at Osterville Bay Elementary School with the kids’ race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starting at 9 a.m. view race website 

The Provincetown 10K - Provincetown, June 2

The third holding of The Provincetown 10K will benefit the Provincetown Art Association and Museum & Camp Lightbulb.view race website 

Falmouth Flag Day 5K - Falmouth, June 9

The 3rd Annual Falmouth Flag Day 5K is a race along the shore in Falmouth Heights to benefit the Falmouth Education Foundation. The race begins at 10 am.view race website 

Mackenzie's 5K - Sandwich, June 15

Join us for for Mackenzie's 5K which will take you through historic Sandwich and raise money for a great cause. There are 1.4 million Americans suffering from Crohn's Disease and every dollar you donate will help to find a cure for this disease. $10 is the minimum donation.view race website 

Run/Walk For the Arts - Yarmouth, June 15

Come out and walk or run professionally timed 5K to benefit The Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Run or walk through the scenic Bass River area. There is also a kids' fun run for those under 10. The 5K walk begins at 9 am and 5K run begins at 9:30. view race website 

Women Running Wild 5K - Osterville, June 15

Cape Cod's only all women's road race, set in the beautiful village of Osterville. A flat, easy 5K with amazing ocean views. A true family event, with kids races immediately before the main event. The best race shirts guaranteed! Race begins at 6 pm. view race website 

Mill Pond 5k - Plymouth, June 22

Great course, great t-shirts, great prizes, great cause. Proceeds from the race will go to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation. The race starts and finishes at the Mill Pond Footbridge. view race website 

Harwich 5K Road Race - Harwich, June 22

Professionally timed, scenic, flat route through the Village of Harwich Port with post race celebration and awards ceremony at Ember Coal Fired Pizza and Wings. All proceeds go towards Youth Fitness Related Programs for the town of Harwich. The race begins at 9:30 am. view race website 

35th Annual Chatham Harbor Run - Chatham, June 30

Celebrate summer with a run along the shore in summer! The 10K run and 5K walk feature breathtaking scenery along the Chatham coastline and rolling, paved roads. The proceeds benefit the Chatham High School Scholarship Fund. Races begin at noon. view race website 

K-9 5K Trail Run - Falmouth, June 30

Join us for the 4th annual K-9 5K, a dog and owner trail run, walk or jog. Our unique Cape Cod 5K Dog Race is a half day event for the whole family. Massachusetts’ most popular dog and owner trail run also features a one mile walk and a free kid’s fun run. The 2013 event will raise money for the Friends of Falmouth Dogs dog shelter.The race will start at 9 am at Falmouth Academy. There will be T-Shirts for pre-registered participants and prizes for the top finishers. view race website 

Race for Open Space - Nantucket, July 13

One of the summer’s most popular events, the 5K Race for Open Space will start at 8:00 a.m. at the Westmoor Club on Cliff Road. Organized by the Nantucket Conservation Foundation Associates, the race attracts serious runners, casual joggers, walkers and those who are simply avid conservation supporters. Proceeds will go to the Foundation’s Land Fund, which helps preserve and protect the Island’s invaluable open spaces. view race website 

Murdick's Run the Chop Challenge - Vineyard Haven, July 4

A five mile road race benefitting rotary of Martha’s Vineyard to support Vineyard Kids. view race website 

Cape Cod 5K Championship - Osterville, July 20

This 5K road race benefits the Osterville Free Library. Prizes awarded to the top two male and female runners. A 1K kids race will take place before the main event, which begins at 8 am. view race website 

The Falmouth Road Race - Falmouth, August 11

The Falmouth Road Race is an annual 7-mile race from Falmouth to Woods Hole and is considered one of the best non-marathon races in the country, attracting over 10,000 runners each year. Register online for the lottery drawing in May.view race website 

24th Annual Sullivan 5K Run-Walk - Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, August 24

A great end-of-summer event for the whole family! Racers of all ages run or walk the US Track and Field Association Certified 5K course around the East Chop bluffs, with a spectacular view of Nantucket Sound. Free Run/Walk t-shirts are distributed to the first 300 registered participants. The 5K begins at 9:30 am. view race website 

About Susan Hutchins

About Susan Hutchins: I joined the WeNeedaVacation team in 2012 and write website and blog content as well as promote WeNeedaVacation.com through social media. Having grown up spending summers on Nantucket, I have a strong connection to Cape Cod and the Islands. I now live in New Hampshire with my husband, two children, and golden retriever, and we are frequent visitors to the Cape. I love running local road races, the Brewster in Bloom 5K being a favorite. My family enjoys biking on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, hiking in Nickerson State Park, and relaxing on the beautiful beaches (usually a dog friendly one!).