FALMOUTH, MA (October 27, 2022) – Falmouth Road Race, Inc., organizers of the 50th running of the ASICS Falmouth Road Race, one of America’s premier running events, helped 183 Massachusetts-based nonprofits raise $6.55 million at its August race. This includes $616,180 for 14 Falmouth-based nonprofits — through its Numbers for Nonprofits program (NFNP).
“Our charity program is incredibly impactful,” said Scott Ghelfi, president of the Falmouth Road Race board of directors. “Year after year our Numbers for Nonprofits program delivers for local charities in a big way thanks to our nearly 3,600 fundraising runners. It’s awesome when you think of all the good work the road race is able to facilitate.”
Charity partners like the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund make this possible. This organization has been part of our NFNP for the last 20 years, making them Legacy Partners who recruit an average of 300 charity runners each year. Runners like Natalie who just nine days after running her first Falmouth Road Race in 2021, was diagnosed with stage IIB invasive ductal carcinoma.
“A breast cancer diagnosis at 29, with no family history or risk factors, was the last thing that I would have ever expected,” said Natalie. “I am lucky that I found my lump relatively early. Self-exams are so important for all women, at any age!”
Today, Natalie is cancer-free and is undergoing four additional immunotherapy treatments to decrease the chance of recurrence. She was excited to run this year’s historic race and humbled that her fundraising would give back to patients like her.
It’s not just patients and friends who run with the Dana-Farber team. Staff like Dr. Scott Pomeroy also joined the running team. “I’ve been a runner for more than 50 years. My running took on more meaning in 1992 when I joined Dana-Farber and helped found the Childhood Brain Tumor Center,” he tells us. “The kids we treat face their tumors with such courage and resilience. This inspires me to run in honor of them and their families, and to continue to raise funds for brain tumor research.”
“We have made so much progress through my time with the Center. I ran the Falmouth Road Race with Dana-Farber’s team this year to continue the journey as we work to defy cancer,” Dr. Scott says.
Funds raised in 2022 brings the NFNP total to $56.5 million raised since the program’s inception in 2000.
For more information or to apply for a spot in the 2023 NFNP program, visit www.falmouthroadrace.com. Follow us on Facebook or @falmouthroadrace on Instagram. The 2023 application closes on October 31, 2022.
About the Numbers for Nonprofits program: The Numbers for Nonprofits program has grown exponentially over the years to include more than 300 different Massachusetts-based charity teams since 2000 and over 3,500 runners per year who commit to fundraise and then run the 7-mile course. Each year, the race provides guaranteed entries, with an extended registration deadline, to select Massachusetts-based charities. The charities then recruit runners who solicit donations on their behalf.
About Falmouth Road Race, Inc.: The Falmouth Road Race was established in 1973 and has become one of the premier running events of the summer season. Each year the race draws an international field of Olympians, elite athletes, and recreational runners to enjoy the iconic 7-mile seaside course. The nonprofit Falmouth Road Race organization is committed to promoting health and fitness through community programs and philanthropic giving.