About the Trail Race

All-trail 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, Marathon, or 50K
All Proceeds to Charity. “Run Forward. Give Back.”
Frances A. Crane Wildlife Management Area, Cape Cod
Start / Finish area: 754 Nathan Ellis Highway (Route 151), E. Falmouth, MA 02536
April 8, 2018 – 5K: 1:30 pm, 10K/50K: 8 am, Half Marathon: 8:10 am, Full Marathon: 8:30 am

Cost: 5K: $25 ages 19+ / $15 ages 18 and under. 10K: $35. Half-Marathon, $50. Marathon or 50K: $60.

Military discount of $3 for 5K, $4 for 10K, $6 for Half, and $8 for Full or 50K.

Long-sleeve t-shirts: $15 (Available in the FTC shop until March 13)

Limit: 100 runners for the 5K, 450 runners for 10K/Half/Full/50K. First-come, first served.

Sorry, registration for the 10K/Half/Full/50Kis now full.
Registration for the 5K is still open! REGISTER FOR THE 5K
Or please consider volunteering!

Age Divisions: 18 and under; 19 – 39; 40 – 49; 50 – 59; 60 – 69; 70 and over.

Information: info@capecodtrailrace.com

This race will benefit charitable non-profit groups. Please see the Benefiting Charitable Organizations page for information about the groups selected for 2018.

The course consists of three loops: a 10K loop (red on map) through fields and forests on trails that are 60% doubletrack and 40% singletrack, and 0.7/1.4 mile doubletrack loops (blue dotted on map) though fields. 10K runners will start at 8:00 am and do the 10K loop once. 50K runners will also start at 8:00 am and do the 10K loop five times. Half-marathoners will start at 8:10 am, begin with the 0.7 mile loop and finish with two 10K loops. Marathoners will start at 8:30 am, begin with the 1.4 mile loop and finish with four 10K loops. 5K runners will start out on the 10K course at 1:30 pm, but will shortcut the 10K loop at about 1.4 miles (see map). All half-marathon, marathon, and 50K runners must start their last 10K loop by 2:30 pm. All runners must finish by 4:00 pm, when the course closes.

The footing on the course is mostly smooth trail, but there are some rutted, rooted, and rocky sections. There are a few boulders that must be hopped or dodged, and there are some short but steep uphills and downhills. The cumulative elevation gain on the 10K loop is about 486 feet (same for elevation loss), the 5K course has about 146 feet of gain, and the 0.7/1.4 mile loops are nearly flat. The course will be well-marked with signs and flagging. There will be water, electrolytes, and trail food at the start/finish line and two aid stations on the 10K loop at miles 1.5 and 4.5.


  • There will be no cups. There are aid stations at miles 1.75 and 4.5 with food and hydration, but runners must bring means of carrying liquids with them (i.e., water bottle, hydration pack).
  • There will be parking and port-a-potties near the start/finish line, but please car pool if possible. There will be no shelter or indoor accommodations.
  • Numbers can be picked up at the pre-race dinner Saturday from 5-8 pm at the Falmouth Navigator, 55 Ashumet Rd, East Falmouth (off Sandwich Road), and at the start/finish area starting at 6:15 am.
  • Late registration from 6:15 – 7:30 am if the runner limit has not been reached (check website).
  • Pre-race meeting at 7:45 am.
  • Runners will not be permitted to head out onto the 10K loop after 2:15 pm. The course closes at 4 pm.
  • Race officials must be notified if you leave the course or do not finish.
  • Every effort is made to clearly mark the course. If you get off course, you must return to where you left the course to continue. There will be no race time adjustments for travel off course.
  • If someone indicates they would like to pass you, please be courteous and let them pass right away.
  • Race bibs must visible on the front of shirt or shorts.
  • The use of earbuds/headphones during the race is strongly discouraged. This is for your safety and the safety of others, as much of the course is single-track and the use of headphones makes passing difficult. This is also for your enjoyment of the sounds of early spring. Crane Wildlife Management Area is a key site for the MassWildlife Biodiversity Initiative and known for important grassland bird species.
  • No pets with runners.
  • Chip timing provided by Norm’s Timing Systems. The course distance has been measured with GPS and is approximate.
  • This is a USATF sanctioned race and being held with a permit from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Crane Wildlife Management Area Regulations in a nutshell:

  • No alcohol
  • No littering
  • No camping
  • No fires
  • No vehicles off road
  • No commercial activities
  • Hunting per regulations in season

For a complete list see: www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/laws-regulations/wildlife-management-area-regulations.html

Composting services for this race are provided.  All of the serving dishes and utensils provided at the race are compostable. We will use single-stream composting for all food waste and other compostable materials, which will be processed locally (in West Falmouth) and turned into rich, natural garden fertilizer. Please put non-biodegradable trash in the marked containers, and please do not drop trash on the course.

Please help make the Cape Cod Trail Race an ecologically sustainable event!

Runners will be given free access to photos taken for personal use.

Chip timing provided by Norm’s Timing Systems.
Shown below at the 2014 TARC Fall Classic on October 18, 2014.

Norm's Timing System