Gather your friends and family and travel to the Cape this spring to watch the annual Ragnar Relay Race, which takes place from May 11th-12th! Thousands of participants will be running all day and night from Hull to Provincetown, covering about 200 miles and encountering everything from salt-weathered bridges to sand dunes and houses with white picket fences. Whether you’re cheering on someone you know who is racing or you just want to enjoy watching the participants, it will be a fun weekend you definitely don’t want to miss out on!
Here are 5 tips to plan for your weekend trip to watch the Ragnar Relay Race:
1. Find a Great Place to Stay
The kids are still in school, summer is a month away and there are great discounts on stays during the spring season. Treat yourself to a stay at Red Jacket Beach Resort, Blue Water Resort or Blue Rock Resort and as an added bonus, all three resorts are offering 20 percent off your stay as Red Jacket Resorts is the official hotel partner of the Ragnar Relay Race! Enjoy private beaches, excellent views of Nantucket Sound, a spa, restaurant and lounge and much more at Red Jacket Beach Resort and Blue Water Resort. Or choose Blue Rock Resort, which is peaceful and relaxing, has pet-friendly rooms, and full access to the same amenities at Blue Water and Red Jacket Beach. The resort is located on the award-winning Blue Rock Golf Course, named one of the best par 3 golf courses in the world (according to Golf Magazine).
2. Know Where to Eat
If you love seafood you’ve come to the right place. There are so many restaurants to try that it’s impossible to name them all! Everything from award-winning clam chowder at Captain Parker’s in Yarmouth to clams at Spanky’s in Hyannis and lobster rolls at Kream ‘N Kone in Dennis, seafood fans will have their choice. There’s also great Italian food at Alberto’s Ristorante, American-Mexican food at Sam Diego’s and breakfast at The Pancake Man. As you can see, there’s no shortage of options for dining while you’re on the Cape.
3. Go Shopping
Take some time to explore local shops on Hyannis Main Street and you won’t be disappointed! You can find some great local mementos at Red Fish, Blue Fish, grab a delicious treat at Little Miss CupCape or explore your inner-child with games at Wackenhammer. Local favorites include Kandy Korner where you can watch fudge being made daily and Pupcakes which features treats and toys for your pets.
4. Make Time for Extra Activities
Sure the race is going to be fun, but don’t forget to make time for some extra fun activities during your visit to Cape Cod! While you’re shopping on Hyannis Main Street, visit the JFK Hyannis Museum and learn more about our 35th President and his family’s life on Cape Cod. Also, you won’t want to miss the chance to see real pirate treasure at the Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth. While you’re here, make a trip to the Cape Cod National Seashore in Eastham and experience the beautiful, federally-protected lands through hiking and biking trails or relaxing on one of the best rated beaches in the country (Coast Guard Beach, according to Dr. Beach).
5. Plan Ahead
Although it’s the second weekend of May and spring is usually quiet on the Cape, you can expect there will be many people traveling to the Cape to watch the race. Be sure to review the course map in advance to find the perfect spot to see the race. Construction is ongoing on the Sagamore Bridge so if that is part of your route, keep a close eye on apps and maps that keep you updated on the best times to travel.