The board of directors of Falmouth Road Race has named Jennifer Edwards executive director of the organization, effective January 1. She was most recently its general manager.
“The board is happy to have Jennifer as Falmouth Road Race, Inc.’s first-ever executive director, as am I personally,” board president Scott Ghelfi said. “As we expand with an at-home virtual event and the newly acquired Falmouth in the Fall race, and have increasingly more involvement in the community throughout the year, we knew we needed a strategic thinker to lead the organization. Jennifer has worked with us in many capacities over the past 10 years and we feel she is the right fit for this new role.”
In her new position Ms. Edwards will work with the board to fulfill the nonprofit organization’s mission to produce a world-class event, support local charities and promote health and wellness. She will ensure that financial objectives are met, provide leadership to staff, facilitate community partnerships and oversee the philanthropic endeavors of Falmouth Road Race, Inc.
Since 2012, the organization has contributed more than $3.69 million to projects that promote the health and wellness of Falmouth and the surrounding area. Its Numbers for Nonprofits charity runner program has raised nearly $45 million since 2000.
“I’m proud to work with such a talented team of professionals and grateful to the board of directors for its ongoing support,” Ms. Edwards said. “As we navigate our way through the pandemic in 2021 and plan for the milestone 50th running of our race in 2022, we’ll continue to support our local community and our charity program, as well as to honor the roots of the race itself. I consider myself incredibly lucky to be a steward for this iconic event.”
An active member of the running industry, Ms. Edwards is hydration station coordinator for the BAA Boston Marathon and a former director of special projects for DMSE Sports, Inc. She serves on the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce board of directors, is race director for Falmouth’s Holidays by the Sea Jingle Jog, and is a volunteer with several local entities. She holds a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from University of Massachusetts Amherst and worked in health care and education for 15 years prior to joining the Falmouth Road Race team.