Source: Cape News / KAREN B. HUNTER
700 walkers gathered at the Falmouth Town Hall in brilliant sunshine Saturday morning, August 20, for opening comments and the singing of the National Anthem before setting out on the 3.1-mile walk to raise money for local charities.
Now in its 26th year, the Falmouth Walk is always held the day before the Falmouth Road Race. The route goes from Town Hall down Walker Street, along Surf Drive, down Clinton Street to the marina, along Scranton Avenue to Main Street, then along Main Street to St. Barnabas Church. “People enjoying doing it, and they come back year after year,” said Russ Pelletier, president of the Walk.
The money generated for charity comes from the $20 per person entrance fee, and the silent auction and raffle that take place at St. Barnabas Church at the end of the race. “For the last five years, we’ve raised about $30,000,” Mr. Pelletier said.
The Walk’s only expenses are Port-a-Potties and event insurance, Mr. Pelletier explained. Walkers stay on sidewalks, so no police presence is necessary.