Athletes Prepare for Half Marathon on the Beach The annual Cape Cod Outer Beach Run, Relay, and Wal

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    Louis Cote running the course last year

    Athletes Prepare for Half Marathon on the Beach
    The annual Cape Cod Outer Beach
    Run, Relay, and Walk is this Sunday [LATE]

    By Emma Madgic, Adirondack Daily Enterprise


    WELLFLEET — The Cape Cod Outer Beach Half Marathon, scheduled for this Sunday, Aug. 14 at 7 a.m., is not for the faint of heart.

    It’s 13.1 miles on sand, starting at Marconi Beach in Wellfleet and finishing at Head of the Meadow in Truro. Unlike a typical half marathon — where one’s feet slap against pavement, providing a firm surface for propelling oneself forward — in this race your feet sink deep into soft sand with every stride, making it nearly impossible to run.

    Why subject oneself to such a torturous activity in the wee hours of a Sunday morning when one could be snuggling in bed?

    Organizers and participants swear the experience is like nothing else.

    “You’re running down one of the more beautiful seascapes in the world,” says Gordon Miller, one of the race directors. “It’s not developed: there are no boardwalks, no hotels right on the beach. It’s pristine.”

    Louis Cote, who has participated in the event the past four years, agrees. “You watch the rising sun as you’re racing a half marathon, going north all the way,” he says. “You go by seal colonies, you go by fishing boats, you get to see those couples walking along the beach early in the morning. And you have sand dunes on one side and the ocean on the other.”

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    Patty Greene, one of the race organizers, at last year’s finish.

    To continue reading, plesae visit: https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/sports/local-sports/2022/08/one-with-the-earth/


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