In the past I have written blog posts about Falmouth being a “Runner’s Town,” well it is also a walker’s town. On Saturday August 16th, the twenty-forth edition of the Falmouth walk will begin at ten am. The starting line is at Town Hall Square. The exact distance is 3.2 miles. This years walk will benefit a number of Falmouth charities. Last year they were able to raise $30,000. for: The Falmouth Military Support Group, Haven for Healing, the Ellen T. Mitchell Scholarship fund, The Falmouth Service Center, Around the Table Meals program, The Falmouth Senior Center, and The Gosnold Center.
The entry fee for the walk id $20. per person and registration will begin on Friday evening, August 15th. from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at the Quarterdeck Restaurant 164 Main Street in Falmouth. Registration will resume on Saturday morning from 9;00 – 9:45 am. The finish will be at Saint Barnabas Church by the Village Green, where there will be a family picnic, auction and raffle on the church grounds.
For those who do not desire to walk the entire course, there is a “Short Cut” route which makes the walk closer to one mile in distance.
For additional information please call 508-548-2313 or www.falmouthwalk.org
Now for a bit of history about the Falmouth Walk’s beginnings. This information has been taken from the website.
“The history of the Falmouth Walk dates back to 1991, the year that the infamous “Hurricane Bob”plowed through Falmouth. Two old Friends, Tommy Leonard, a bartender at the Quarterdeck Restaurant in Falmouth and Eddie Doyle, then the bartender at “Cheers” in Boston, came up with the idea for the Falmouth Walk to benefit the Babe Ruth World Series. It was being held at Guv Fuller Field.
The sign-u was held at Lawrence’s Restaurant and attracted about 50 people. The next day the first annual Falmouth Walk stepped off at the Heights by the Casino and followed the route of Falmouth Road Race.. in reverse. The group took the Bike Path at Surf Drive to avoid the roads and finished in Woods Hole at the Library. Tommy had arranged for a bus to take everyone back to Falmouth. Unfortunately the bus arrived almost two hours late but a good time was had by all. Forty-eight hours later “Bob” obliterated the Bike Path and Surf Drive, with widespread damage throughout the town.
TL & Eddie’s experience raising funds for charities goes back to their days working in Boston. One such event is called “the Bull to the Elliot.” Beneficiaries include the Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Center and Halecyon Place, a home for families of loved ones being treated at Shriner’s Burn Center at MGH. It is a one mile bar to bar jaunt along the beautiful Commonwealth Avenue mall and featured about 150 runners and a celebrity guest of honor, riding in a limo, of course.
The last “Bull to the Elliot” was run to benefit a young man named “JP” who worked at the Bull & Finch Pub.