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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 1

Join us for the 10K, 4 mile or Kids Fun Run that starts at scenic Falmouth Heights Beach and finishes at the East Falmouth Elementary School. T-Shirts for paid registrations and awards for top finishers. Proceeds to Benefit the East Falmouth Elementary School PTO. www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Falmouth-June-Jog/ 

The Old Sandwich Road Races - Plymouth, June 1

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.www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Old-Sandwich-Road-Races/ 

The Provincetown 10K - Provincetown, June 2

Come run the pristine town of Provincetown, MA! Located at the end of the Cape, the charity event donates all proceeds to art and community services local to the area. Come help support wonderful organizations all while taking in the wonderful sights of "P'town".www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Provincetown-10K/ 

Falmouth Flag Day 5K - Falmouth, June 8

The Annual Falmouth Flag Day 5K is a race along the shore in Falmouth Heights to benefit the Falmouth Education Foundation. The race begins at 10:15 am.www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Falmouth-Flag-Day-5K/ 

Run/Walk For the Arts - Yarmouth, June 14

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. www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Run-Walk-For-the-Arts/ 

Women Running Wild 5K - Osterville, June 21

Cape Cod's only all women's road race, set in the beautiful village of Osterville. A flat 5K with amazing ocean views. A true family event, with kids races immediately before the main event. Race begins at 6 pm. www.weneedavacation.com/Events/15th-Annual-Women-Running-Wild-5K/ 

Mackenzie's 5K - Sandwich, June 21

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.www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Mackenzies5KforCrohnsDisease/ 

Mill Pond 5k - Plymouth, June 21

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. www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Mill-Pond-5K/ 

Harwich 5K Road Race - Harwich, June 21

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. www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Harwich-5K-Road-Race/ 

Plymouth Independence Day 5K - Plymouth, July 4

The July 4th festivities in Plymouth, Mass. are among the largest in the country. There are an estimated 100,000 people who fill the streets of America's Hometown to witness the parade and fireworks display. It is only fitting and proper that we start the day with a road race to pave the way for the parade. Kickoff your Independence Day weekend by participating in a road race with a finish line at the birth place of America! www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Independence-Day-5K/ 

Race for Open Space - Nantucket, July 12

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. www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Race-for-Open-Space/

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. www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Murdicks-Run-The-Chop-Challenge/ 

Dennis 5 Mile Road Race - Dennis, July 26

Something for everyone! A 5 mile run, 3 mile walk, and children's fun run. All proceeds to benefit the Dennis Recreation Department Programs and Scholarships. www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Dennis-Road-Race/ 

Chilmark Road Race - Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, August 9

Since 1978, the Chilmark 5K Road Race has been run along the beautiful, but oh-so-hilly, Middle Road. Proceeds from the race are donated to the Town Affairs Council to assisit in the operations of the Chilmark Community Center. www.weneedavacation,com/Events/Chilmark-Road-Race/ 

The Falmouth Road Race - Falmouth, August 17

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.www.weneedavacation.com/Events/Falmouth-Road-Race/ 

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!).