Come join local author Paul Camilio Clerici as he discusses his “A History of the Falmouth Road Race: Running Cape Cod” - the first book devoted entirely to the famous Cape Cod road race - at I AM Books, 189 North St., in the North End neighborhood of Boston, on Sun., July 24th, at 3 p.m.
Hear how it all began in a bar; the story behind a runner who swam across the harbor during the race; how the race’s inspiration - Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter - came to Falmouth; why the course distance ranged from 6.9 to 7.5 miles; how 6-time champion Joan Benoit Samuelson nearly missed running one year due to her race-morning boat ride; how the race grew from under 100 runners to more than 11,000; and much more.
This definitive historical chronicle of the 44-year-old seven-mile road race features a stunning array of stories, anecdotes, tales, and tidbits, from the its 1973 beginning to the present. The entertaining and compelling story is told through nearly 80 vintage and race-day photographs that span the decades - some of which never before published; a foreword by race founder Tommy Leonard; and extensive and diligent research through personal, public, road race, library, and historical society archives and records.
In addition, the race’s history is enhanced by nearly 100 book-exclusive interviews from such legendary Olympians and champions as Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Alberto Salazar, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Jen Rhines, Lynn Jennings, Catherine Ndereba, Craig Blanchette, Tatyana McFadden; organizers Tommy Leonard, John and Lucia Carroll, Rich and Kathy Sherman, Dave McGillivray, Matt Auger; longtime volunteers and sponsors; and many more.
Clerici - who has run the Falmouth Road Race several times and the Boston Marathon 23 years in a row - is an award-winning journalist; former newspaper editor; current freelance writer; and also author of “Boston Marathon History by the Mile” and “History of the Greater Boston Track Club” books.