Cape Cod Healthcare is the exclusive medical care provider of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race. Informally, CCHC has been helping sponsor the race for years, through the long-time involvement of Falmouth Hospital physicians and staff. They have volunteered at the Falmouth Road Race almost from the beginning, and have played an integral role in making the race as safe and successful as it has been over the last 42 years.
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Our partnership with the Falmouth Road Race fits with our mission and sets an example of our commitment to the health and wellness of the community we serve. It highlights the fact that our staff and employees are personally connected to the community, volunteering their time and unique talent for a good cause.
“This race would not go on without Cape Cod Healthcare,” said Christine Frazier, New Balance Falmouth Road Race Sponsor Manager. “You have been behind the scenes putting in about 350 man hours each year.”
Many from Falmouth Hospital have returned to volunteer year after year, and many have brought family members, who themselves have remained loyal to the Falmouth Road Race cause.
The hilly Falmouth Road Race course begins in Woods Hole and travels along the ocean past Nobska Light, through a wooded section and then along the beach by Falmouth Harbor. There are three medical tents along the way: at the Band Shell, at Mariner’s Point, as you come down Falmouth Heights Road; and at the finish line in Falmouth Heights.
There are a total of between 30 and 40 nurses stationed among the three tents. About 10 doctors are distributed among the tents. All medical personnel wear brightly colored t-shirts that are well marked.
The medical volunteer corps includes spotters who are stationed along the course to alert the team to who may need to be treated.
Patients are triaged when they arrive at a medical tent. Vital signs are taken and patients with minor injuries, such as blisters, abrasions, lacerations, minor stings and orthopedic problems are sent to a non-urgent area outside the tent, where personnel are ready to care for them. Hyperthermic patients are considered urgent, since the mortality rate is directly related to the duration of the excess temperature. These patients are placed immediately in the ice tubs, where vital signs are checked every five minutes until their internal temperature drops to 102.
The two-day Falmouth Road Race Expo attracts 18,000 to 20,000 to Falmouth. On Friday, runners pick up their numbers. A children’s event is held on Saturday. Cape Cod Healthcare will feature da Vinci Robotic Surgery, with demonstrations of how the technology works.
Also on Saturday, the Elite Invitational Mile is held. This event draws the fastest group of runners from around the world.
All of the elite runners – about 30 to 40 men and women – stay with host families in Falmouth over the race weekend.
The number of runners in the FRR is capped. Entries are determined by a lottery system. Falmouth residents are automatically eligible to run in the race.
Opportunities are available for CCHC employees who wish to volunteer at the race. About 100 non-medical volunteers are needed to do everything from staff the gift table to handing out water to runners along the course.