The Falmouth Road Race
Although not a marathon event (26 miles), it is a world class event with thousands of runners packing themselves into the "land's end" of Falmouth known as Woods Hole. It can be a grueling race with lots of casualties along the way. FARA provides the communications that tie the emergency medical facilities set up in town with the Falmouth Hospital.
The Cape Cod Marathon
This marathon counts as a qualifier for many of the larger marathons. It might not attract as big a field as the Falmouth Road Race, but this is one race where FARA members are often busy in chase cars and on chase bikes, tracking down errant runners who stray from the course and may be in need of medical assistance. In this race, we also provide coordinating communications for the officials in addition to the medical communications.
There are numerous other "thons" throughout the summer. There are walkathons, bikeathons, skate boardathons. There's also the Strawberry Festival, the Barnstable County Fair, and parades. Many of these request communications assistance for health and welfare traffic from FARA.
Once the tourists and summer residents depart after Labor Day, those of us who live here can look forward to the dreaded hurricane season, our numerous power failures, and any other disaster that may be lurking around the corner. The Town of Falmouth emergency management office routinely calls on FARA for communications assistance whenever it opens the shelters, or when there are serious breakdowns in normal communications channels.