Due to the 47th running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, several roads in town will be closed on Sunday, August 18.
The areas around the starting and finish lines close several hours before the race.
Water Street in Woods Hole will be closed to vehicle traffic at 5 AM. Access to the ferry via Woods Hole Road will be limited until 8 AM and closed completely until approximately 10 AM. In addition, boats will be restricted from accessing the Eel Pond Bridge Dock on Water Street and the commercial fishing dock on Albatross Street from 5 to 10 AM. Sippewissett Road, between Ransom Road and Quissett Harbor Road, will also be closed from 5 to 10 AM.
At the finish line, Grand Avenue will be closed from Walden Avenue to Worcester Court at 4 AM. Police anticipate the road will reopen later in the afternoon, around 2 PM. Portions of Falmouth Heights Road, Central Park Court and Nantucket Avenue will also close at 5 PM, and remain closed to allow runners to clear the finish line and cleanup crews to clear the area following the race.
All other roads along the race route between Woods Hole and Falmouth Heights will be closed to all vehicular traffic at 8:15 AM, and will reopen after the last runner passes.
Falmouth Police Lieutenant Douglas M. DeCosta confirmed these are the same road closures as prior years.
Lt. DeCosta also noted a number of restrictions will be in place during the race. No new regulations have been added, but police remind people that the road race is a non-alcoholic event. Officers will enforce all laws regarding the public possession and consumption of alcohol. The restrictions regarding the public consumption of marijuana will also be enforced.
The New Balance Falmouth Road Race is also designated as a “no drone zone.”
“We have had no incidents involving drones in the past, however the FAA regulation regrading restricted airspaces over sport events is more about safety,” Lt. DeCosta said. “A drone could accidentally strike an athlete or spectator. Additionally, drones have been used to conduct nefarious activities.”
Other prohibited items include large bags, such as backpacks, handbags, personal hydration systems, suitcases and weight vests, glass containers, any container capable of carrying more than one liter of liquid, costumes, and selfie sticks. Any bags or containers brought to the road race are subject to search by police.
Parking restrictions will be enforced, and drivers are encouraged to park in proper parking areas. Any illegally parked vehicle is subject to being towed.