HARWICH - As almost 1,000 runners make their way through the Harwich Cranberry Harvest Half Marathon course, motorists can expect delays according to a release from Harwich police. The half marathon begins at 12 p.m. and 7.3 mile walk/run begins at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 5 at Monomoy Regional High School on Oak Street.
Between 11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. that day, motorists can expect significant delays and detours, according to police. The lengthy race route will impact most areas of the town.
Motorists can expect to be stopped at intersections along the route for up to ten minutes as runners cross. Harwich police therefore suggest that motorists seek alternate routes during race time.
The routes, courtesy of Harwich police, are as follows:
The staging area for the event is the Monomoy Regional High School. Runners will line up on Oak Street. The runners will proceed south on Oak Street to Main Street (Route 39). The runners will then turn right on Main Street to Route 124 where they will turn right onto Route 124 (Pleasant Lake Ave), then right onto Old Colony Road. They will proceed to Oak Street and turn north following Oak Street to Queen Anne Road. They will then turn right onto Queen Anne Road and follow to Depot Road where they will turn right onto Depot Road and cross Route 39 (Orleans Road). They will continue south on Depot Road and cross Route 28 onto Uncle Venies Road. Runners will proceed to Red River Beach and turn right going through the parking lot to Old Wharf Road then onto Julien Road. The runners will then turn left onto Route 28 for a short distance before turning right onto Gorham Road. Upon entering Gorham Road, runners will immediately turn left onto Hoyt Road and follow to Bank Street. They will then cross Bank Street onto Miles Street to Route 28 at which time they will turn right then take an immediate left onto Wyndemere Road to Lower County Road where they will turn right. Runners will follow Lower County Road to Earle Road where they will turn right and follow to Route 28. Upon reaching Route 28, runners will turn right then take a quick left onto Lothrop Avenue. They will follow Lothrop Avenue to Great Western Road then cross Great Western Road to a right onto the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Runners will then follow the Rail Trail to the split where the Rail Trail becomes the Old Cape Rail Trail and follow to Route 124 (Pleasant Lake Avenue). Runners will cross Route 124 and continue on the bike path along Old Colony Road to Oak Street. Runners will then turn left on Oak Street to the finish line at the High School. The route of the 7.3 mile run/walk is identical to the above up to the crossing of the Old Colony Bike Trail on Depot Road in South Harwich. At this location the runners / walkers will enter onto the Old Colony Bike Trail and proceed west back to Oak Street. They will then proceed to the high school.
The Harwich Cranberry Harvest Half Marathon is the final part of the Cape Cod Half Marathon Trilogy Series which also includes the Hyannis Half Marathon (February) and the Johnny Kelley Half Marathon (May).
View a course map on the Harwich Cranberry Harvest Half Marathon website here.
An awards ceremony will be held after the event at 2 p.m. at Monomoy, followed by a post-race party with music and refreshments at Andale Cafe in Harwichport.