Maine > Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon & 5K
Portland, ME • Sunday, July 14, 2013 • Course Map
Runners get the chance to run this race looking out onto the beach, run across bridges and around the popular Back Cove Trail along the waterfront at the all-new Shipyard Brewing Company Old Port Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk, which makes its second annual running along the streets of this coastal Maine city in mid-July 2013.
Both the half marathon and the 5K will share the same starting line, along the Eastern Promenade of Munjoy Hill overlooking the Casco Bay and East End Beach, Portland's popular public beach area. From there, the race will start runners off in two waves, sending them west toward Fort Sumner Park and Back Cove along the Eastern Promenade.
The next stretch of the race takes runners across the Tukey Bridge to East Deering and Martin's Point, where they'll head north through the city along Veranda Street for several blocks and then head onto the Martin's Point Bridge, which has a long history here linking Portland with nearby Falmouth, dating all the way back to the 1850s. Once runners make it across, they'll continue north along Foreside Road in the direction of the Portland Country Club, and turn off to the left onto Gilsland Farm Road just as they're approaching the golf course.
Around the next mile or so of the course will be spent on an out-and-back turnaround stretch that will take runners out for a brief look at the waters of the harbor, and then send them back to Foreside Road where they'll turn right. Runners then head south back toward the Martin's Point Bridge and cross over the water again, heading back through East Deering along the route they ran earlier in the race.
The final few miles of the second half of the race feature some of the course's most scenic terrain, as runners will make their way nearly all the way around Portland's Back Cove along the Back Cove and Bayside trails. These paved running, biking and walking trails are some of the city's oldest and most popular recreation trails and will take runners past a combination of city parks, residential neighborhoods and under the Tukey Bridge, with the land on the right and the water on the left all the way around the cove.
Runners will finish the race a little over a mile from where they started, at the Maine State Pier just off Commercial Street. Organizers plan to have free Shipyard Brewing Company beer on hand for all runners of legal drinking age, and the post-race festival will also be getting started by the time most runners are crossing the finish line.
The scheduled starting time for the race is 7:30 AM, and race organizers note that the weather will most likely be in the high 60s to low 70s, and reach the 80s by the time most people finish. There is usually very little precipitation during this time of year and crystal clear blue skies are the norm. (Note: the separate waves for male and female runners won't be strictly enforced, organizers note; runners may enter either wave they choose.)
- Information provided by race director Erik Boucher
Race Weather & Climate
Located near the mouth of the Fore River and the harbor that shares its name in coastal Maine's southwestern corner, just over 100 miles north of Boston, Mass., Portland typically sees July temperatures that average between 79°F and 59°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.6 inches for the month, making July one of the city's drier months of the year.
On the day of the race (July 14), the average high is 79°F and the average low is 59°F.
View the race route map for the Old Port Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by June 16, 2013
$55 on June 16 and after
$60 on the day of the race
$20 for the 5K, if registered by June 16
$25 on June 16 and after
$30 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the mid-summer 2013 running of Portland's Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at RaceWire.com.
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