Falmouth Road Race Names Jennifer Edwards as First ED
January 15, 2021 — The Falmouth Road Race, a Falmouth nonprofit which raises funds for charitable organizations through an annual race, this week announced that Jennifer Edwards has been named as its first executive director.
Falmouth Road Race board president Scott Ghelfi said, “The board is happy to have Jennifer as Falmouth Road Race, Inc.’s first-ever executive director, as am I personally. As we expand with an At-Home virtual event and the newly acquired Falmouth in the Fall race, and have increasingly more involvement in the community throughout the year, we knew we needed a strategic thinker to lead the organization.
“Jennifer has worked with us in many capacities over the past 10 years and we feel she is the right fit for this new role.”
Edwards joined the organization as an event planner and served as general manager since 2013.
In her new role, Edwards will work with the board to fulfill the nonprofit organization’s mission to produce a world-class event, support local charities, promote health and wellness, facilitate community partnerships, and oversee the philanthropic endeavors of the Falmouth Road Race.
“I’m proud to work with such a talented team of professionals and grateful to the board of directors for its ongoing support,” said Edwards. “As we navigate our way through the pandemic in 2021 and plan for the milestone 50th running of our race in 2022, we’ll continue to support our local community and our charity program, as well as to honor the roots of the race itself. I consider myself incredibly lucky to be a steward for this iconic event.”
Since 2012, the organization has contributed $3.7 million to projects that promote the health and wellness of Falmouth and the surrounding area. Its Numbers for Nonprofits charity runner program has raised nearly $45 million since 2000.
An active member of the running industry, Edwards is the hydration station coordinator for the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and a former director of special projects for DMSE Sports, Inc. She serves on the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce board of directors, is race director for Falmouth’s Holidays by the Sea Jingle Jog, and is a volunteer with several local entities.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders and Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology, both from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Prior to joining the Falmouth Road Race, she worked in healthcare and education for 15 years.
Since it was established in 1973, the Falmouth Road Race has become a major running event of the summer season. The first race attracted approximately 100 people. Today, the seven-mile seaside race draws more than 10,000 participants, including an international field of Olympians, elite, and recreational runners.
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