Saturday, May 13, 2017 • Biddeford, ME • Course Map
Set for its 5th annual running this year, the Maine Coast Marathon & Half is a two-day running event in which participants can run either or both races — organizers offer the “Maine Coast 39.3 Challenge,” which means you’ll run the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday.
But if you’re like most runners, you’ll opt for one or the other — in this case, Saturday’s Maine Coast Half Marathon, which follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes next to Campus Center on the University of New England campus, just south of the nearby city of Biddeford.
Organizers at the Marathon Sports Running Club say the course features the scenery that thousands of people flock here to see every spring and summer — especially the rocky coastline along Fortunes Rocks Cove, Horseshoe Cove and Biddeford Pool, a large tidal pool off Saco Bay that lies between Biddeford and Kennebunkport, also a tourist hotspot during the summer for its stunning views of the ocean and rocky coastlines.
Though the race features some rolling hills, the elevation ranges from just above sea level to about 50 feet, so there are no major changes in elevation throughout the 13.1-mile course.
That way, you can enjoy the long, largely flat stretches along the coastline especially in the middle miles of the race, which unfold along Fortunes Rocks Road and Mile Stretch Road, where you’ll run past gorgeous oceanfront homes and cottages throughout.
Aid stations will be located at roughly every two miles along the half marathon route, stocked with water and Gatorade, and organizers add that some of the stations will also have jelly beans, orange slices, peanut-butter-filled pretzels, mint chocolate chip cookies, watermelon chunks and more as you run through them.
The half marathon is limited to the first 1,200 entrants and the marathon is limited to the first 1,000, so if you’re thinking of running this race you’re strongly encouraged to sign up early.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the shoreline of Maine’s Seacoast region, about 18 miles southwest of Portland and roughly 92 miles northeast of Boston, Massachusetts, Biddeford typically sees May temperatures between 45ºF and 68ºF, while record temperatures for the month have fallen as low as 26ºF (in 1968) and as high as 94ºF (in 1979).
On race day (May 13), the average low is 45ºF and the average high is 67ºF.
- 2016 Maine Coast Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Maine Coast Marathon & Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Maine Coast Marathon & Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Maine Coast Marathon & Half Marathon Results
- 7:30 AM – full marathon
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- $55 – $75 for the half marathon
- $75 – $95 for the full marathon
To reserve your spot in the spring 2017 running of the Maine Coast Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at RaceWire.com here.
Official Race Website
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