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Where to Go for a Jog on Your Cape Cod Vacation
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Jogging on Cape Cod

Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean you have to take a break from fitness. Luckily, Cape Cod has some of the country's most scenic places to jog, giving you all kinds of options when heading out for a run.

Some of the more popular places to jog include the Cape Cod Rail Trail, the Shining Sea Bikeway, and the Cape Cod Canal. While there's nothing wrong with these scenic, paved paths, there are countless other locations that allow you to explore areas you otherwise wouldn't see.

Here are some highly recommended places to go for a jog on the Cape.

Two Runs Near the Dennis Waterfront

Dennis has a couple of great places to run, starting with Old Wharf Road in Dennis Port. You can start your trek at the municipal parking lot on Chase Avenue before heading to Old Wharf Road and following it to Haigis Beach. The entire run is along the ocean, and there's a nice shoulder the whole way to keep you safe. The jog is about five miles round-trip, and there's a beach at each end where you can cool off.

It's also worth checking out Davis Beach Road in West Dennis. You can begin your journey on Old Country Road, taking Lighthouse Road through a salt marsh before reaching West Dennis Beach. Davis Beach Road extends along West Dennis Beach and continues to the Bass River's mouth, providing a scenic lookout and some trails to explore. This run is also about five miles long.

Five Miles in Hyannis

Downtown Hyannis is a must-see for any visitor to Cape Cod, if for no other reason than its history with the Kennedy family. There's a tremendous five-mile jogging loop through the heart of this vibrant area that takes you past the JFK Hyannis Museum, Veterans Park, and a couple of great beaches.

You can start your run on Main Street, taking the Walkway to the Sea through Hyannis Village Green and getting onto Ocean Street. Once on Ocean Street, you'll follow it past Veterans Park to its endpoint at Kalmus Beach. You can then turn around and retrace your steps before turning onto Harbor Bluff Road, just north of Veterans Park.

You'll then follow a track with stretches on Old Fish Hill Road, Bay Shore Road, Daisy Bluff Road, and Channel Point Road, bringing you to the Hyannis Inner Harbor.

You can then dash around the Harbor before returning to Main Street at the end of your run.

This jog is excellent because it takes you through the bustling village center, some residential neighborhoods, and some beaches, giving you a nice cross-section of life in Hyannis.

Falmouth Waterfront

Falmouth is a great place to jog because it's home to the Shining Sea Bikeway. However, if you want to explore a different location, Falmouth has you covered.

One great jogging track starts at Nobska Beach in Woods Hole and ends up at Surf Drive Beach near downtown Falmouth. It's three miles each way, but it's well worth the journey because of the beautiful terrain you'll cover. 

Starting from Nobska Beach, you'll run on Church Street and Nobska Road along the ocean. From there, you can enter the Shining Sea Bikeway for a short distance before coming to Surf Drive near Falmouth Beach. The jog along Surf Drive is incredibly scenic because it's entirely along the water.

Another great run in Falmouth is on Grand Avenue and Menauhant Avenue along Nantucket Sound. You can begin this run at Falmouth Heights Beach and complete it at Menauhant Town Beach, passing marinas, ponds, and residential neighborhoods along the way. This route is nearly seven miles round-trip, so it'll take you some time to finish.

Downtown Chatham

You'll surely want to visit Chatham during your time on the Cape, and going for a run through town allows you to cover a lot of ground.

Starting on Main Street, you can head north on Shore Road, taking you past the Chatham Fish Pier, with its North Beach Island views. From there, you'll turn south on Old Harbor Road, which goes back through the heart of town, before taking Bridge Street and Morris Island Road out to a residential area where you'll experience views of Monomoy Island.

This run is great because it'll take you through historic neighborhoods and plenty of scenic waterfront locations, helping you to see much of Chatham in a single day.

Province Land Dunes

The Province Land Dunes make up one of the more unique landscapes on the Cape. There's a multi-use trail through the heart of the area that runs through dunes and forests and past cranberry bogs before finishing up at Race Point Beach on the Cape Cod National Seashore.

You can pick the pathway up at various points, but if you choose to jog the entire course, it's 5.5 miles long. The spectacular view of the ocean at the end of the run is reason enough to give this section of paved pathway a try on your Cape Cod vacation.

Plenty of Places to Run

This list is just a starting point for the beautiful places to jog on Cape Cod. Your options are endless, as many visitors choose to run on the beaches or through the trail systems surrounding the region's kettle ponds, as well.

No matter what type of running you're into, the Cape has a location for you. Pack your running shoes, shorts, and mp3 player because you're sure to cover some new ground on your next vacation.

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The Brewster Brew Run
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, July 16, 2018

On Saturday, August 11, 2018, the 40th annual Brewster Brew Run will take place. This charity event is 5.2 miles long and carries a $20 entry fee with proceeds going to Brewster Rescue and Safety. Generally speaking, the run brings in $20,000 annually for a worthy cause, while also allowing you to get out there and enjoy yourself.

If you’re visiting Cape Cod this summer, sign yourself up for the Brewster Brew Run because not only does it give you something to strive for on your vacation, but you’ll also meet some locals and have a great time at the party after.

That is because the run is called the Brew Run for a reason. At the end of the race, you’re given a free beer to enjoy while you reminisce about your run and begin looking forward to next year’s edition. And, of course, you’re free to buy a few more beers after your free one because you’ll have earned it after your run on Cape Cod.


About the Run

This year's race will start at 4 PM and is 5.2 miles in length. There are five water stations along the way, and parking is available at both Townhall and Eddy Elementary School. The parking lots are about half a mile east of the Woodshed Bar, but there is a free shuttle available to take you to and from the starting line.

Digital timers are used at all checkpoints and the finish line, and all timing is done professionally. This timing is notable for serious runners who are looking to beat a personal best. There are restrooms along the course, and strollers are not permitted.

Keep in mind that the race is known as much for the prizes given out afterwards as the run itself. Since this is a charity event for the Brewster Rescue Squad, numerous local businesses donate awards to be handed to racers, so make sure you stick around after completing the run to see if you've won something.


The Route

The race starts and finishes in the same area: by the Woodshed Bar on Route 6A. After beginning the race on Route 6A, runners will turn onto Lower Road, where they will pass the Cobb House Museum and the Brewster Cemetery. Lower Road is also where you'll find checkpoint number one.

Following a lengthy stretch on Lower Road, the course takes a turn south on Paine's Creek Road, home of checkpoint number two, before heading east on Stony Brook Road. This stretch of the route passes Smith Pond before making another turn onto Tubman Road. Tubman Road is where you'll come across checkpoint numbers three and four, the latter of which is where the road meets Long Pond Road, which is close to the parking lot for the Cape Cod Rail Trail.

Finally, the route heads on Long Pond Road until it meets Harwich Road, which you'll follow to the finish line on Route 6A. As was mentioned previously, the race as a whole is 5.2 miles long, with the fastest runners completing the course in under 28 minutes while running at a pace of 5:15 per mile. The majority of runners can finish the road race in under an hour, so you'll likely have a cold beer in your hand by 5 PM if you choose to participate this year.


Benefits to Brewster Rescue and Safety

Proceeds raised through entry fees and other donations go to Brewster Rescue and Safety. The money is then used to train firefighters, paramedics, and other life-saving individuals. New equipment is also purchased with the proceeds raised by this and other events, ensuring members of Brewster Fire and Rescue are prepared to handle any issues that come their way. In fact, a brand new, state-of-the-art fire station officially opened on June 23, 2018, and the department received a new ambulance in July 2018, as well.

Brewster didn't have a fire department until 1926, and its first fire station wasn't built until 1941. Before the construction of the fire hall, the town's fire truck was stored in firefighter Edward Dillingham's garage. As you can see, the department has come a long way over the years, and much of this development is due to the efforts put in by local citizens raising money for this excellent cause.


Your Cape Cod Vacation

You’ll find plenty of ways to spend your time outdoors during your Cape Cod vacation, with the Brewster Brew Run bring one of the more rewarding activities available. While it is recommended that you’re an active person in good running condition if you choose to participate in the race, you don’t have to be an experienced half marathon runner or have any marathon training whatsoever to give it a try.

If you plan to be on Cape Cod during the second weekend in August, head over to Brewster to give the annual Brew Run a try or, at the very least, stop by for a beer after the race and show your support for a great cause.

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