Howard Tansey

Catching up with the president of the Cape Cod Athletic Club

How long have you been president?
I’m in my fourth year.

How many members are in the Cape Cod Athletic Club?
We are at just over 400.

What does your organization do for the Cape?
The CCAC promotes running and multisport activities and is made up of a diverse group of athletes from ages 8 to 85! The club organizes major road races and events each year, from one milers to marathons. Proceeds from races are donated to charities, scholarships and athletic programs in local communities.

The winter Grand Prix races hosted by the CCAC have grown in popularity. What are the Grand Prix races?
When I first joined the club, most of the races were held at people’s homes with anywhere from 50 to 80 runners. Now, they have grown to more than 100 runners and most of them are held at venues like Lost Dog Pub in Dennis and the Land Ho! in Harwich, which supply a light fare. Potlucks are also part of our runs at Marathon Sports in Yarmouth, the 19th Hole in Hyannis and the YPD Holiday Race. The races are scheduled every Sunday in December and January and distances range from three to five miles.

What are your favorite races to run every year and why?
The Falmouth Road Race. It was also my very first race. My mother worked the second water stop for years. I run it every year as a memorial to her. A couple of years after I started running Falmouth, my daughter Sadie-Lynn asked to join me. This year will be my 13th in a row running Falmouth and Sadie’s ninth.

Where do you enjoy running?
My top spot for road running would have to be the course in Chatham that hosts two races: the Chatham Harbor Run in June and Chatham in the Fall in November. My other favorite places are anywhere in the woods: Nickerson State Park in Brewster, Trail of Tears in West Barnstable or a nice 5-miler near my house in Harwich. I’m a trail runner at heart.

Have you always been a runner? How has running changed your life?
I was not always a runner, but 12 years ago when I ran the Falmouth Road Race I got bitten by the running bug. It’s changed my life in so many ways. I have met people from all over the world and I was never an outgoing person. My health is better as well as my mind. There is nothing better than going out for a run and forgetting about everything for a while.

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