Mollusks, Running, and 39.3 Miles – The Cape Cod Marathon (and 1/2 Marathon Too!)

illumiNITE visits one of our happy places this weekend with a trip to Falmouth, MA for the Cape Cod Marathon. Autumn is funny in New England, one day it’s sunny (and sometimes hot) and beautiful, the next is full winter-mode and cold, windy, and rainy (maybe even sleet or snow). Runners at the Cape Cod Marathon will live that firsthand this weekend, with a sunny, cool day for Saturday’s half marathon, and a cold, rainy day for marathon Sunday.

Bummer (unless of course you like that weather, then awesome!)

At least there’s piping hot New England clam chowder to warm those chilly bones after the race.

Cape Codder’s love New England clam chowder (not to be confused with that strange tomato concoction (often seen south of Connecticut) so much race organizers named their ultimate athletic test the Clam Chowdah Challenge.

Rest assured the challenge has nothing to do with eating chowder (although that’s really up to you, no judgment). With a maximum field of 200, Chowdah Challenge participants run (voluntarily) both Saturday’s half marathon AND Sunday’s full marathon.

So in honor of the hearty, amazing folks taking that challenge, here are four (somewhat) interesting facts about that most iconic New England dish – Clam Chowdah.

January 21st is National New England Clam Chowder Day. Costumes and speaking with a Boston accent is encouraged.

New England Clam Chowder is milk or cream-based and NEVER includes tomatoes. In 1939, the Maine legislature introduced a bill making tomatoes in clam chowder illegal. Mainers are serious about chowder.

Some reports claim New England clam chowder appeared locally in the 1700s and was introduced by either the French or Nova Scotians. Other reports say the current chowder configuration originated from a dish created by the Wampanoag tribe. You decide.

Traditional clam chowder is made with hard-shelled quahogs and includes potatoes and salt pork. Originally, hard, soaked biscuits gave chowder its thick consistency. Yum!

While illumiNITE doesn’t have any chowder, we do have some amazing winter gear to keep you warm and toasty. Come check it out (and say hello to Frank – yes THE Frank) at the event Expo on Friday, October 28th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm and Saturday, October 29th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. at the Gus Canty Falmouth Recreation Center, 790 East Main St. Falmouth.

Can’t make the race? use Coupon Code CHOWDHA at and get 15% off your order. Offer expires midnight Eastern time 11/30/2016 ( limit one per customer).

Good luck runners!!

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