Maine > Maine Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay
Portland, ME • Sunday, October 6, 2013 • Course Map
Mostly flat and beautifully scenic thanks to the trails, parks and waterfront of its popular Back Bay area, Portland's Maine Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay makes its 16th annual running in 2013, after a 2012 race that saw more than 2,900 individual runners and 101 relay teams cross the finish line in all races combined, including just over 1,970 runners in the half marathon alone.
Runners in all three races follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes along the southern end of the Back Cove, the inner bay area near downtown Portland that's a popular spot for running, walking and biking thanks to the paved trails that hug the shoreline virtually the entire way around.
The race starts just off Forest Avenue and Preble Street, and from there heads clockwise around the cove through what's known as the Back Bay region, where scenic homes look out onto the water and runners will pass through Payson Park and along Baxter Avenue on the way out to the Martin Point Bridge.
Once they're over the bridge -- and with the exception of some barely noticeable elevation changes, the course is mostly flat for the first few miles -- the course looks out onto Mackworth Island from Mackworth Point on Falmouth. Runners can expect to hit the only real hills along the half marathon route after passing the mile 5 marker, where the course takes runners from the Portland Country Club and Pine Grove Cemetery to the turnaround point just south of the Falmouth Forest Preserve.
After that, the course brings runners back along the route they've just run, back over the bridge and into Portland for the final few miles. There's a detour between miles 10 and 11 onto Sherwood Street, followed by a quick run through Payson Park that puts the field back onto the trails that wind around the Back Cove, all the way back to the starting line area for the race finish.
The scheduled starting time for the half marathon is 7:45 AM (which is also the starting time for the full marathon and relay races).
Age group awards will also be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age divisions: 19 and under, 20 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 to 74 and age 75 to 79. The top male and female winner in the age 80 to 99 group will also receive their division's age group award.
Weather & Climate
Located along the Back Cove off Casco Bay in southwestern Maine, about 55 miles southwest of Augusta and roughly 100 miles northeast of Boston, Mass., Portland typically sees October temperatures that average between 37°F and 58°F, while rainfall totals average about 4.4 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Oct. 6), the average low is 40°F and the average high is 62°F.
View the race route map for the Maine Half Marathon
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by June 30, 2013
$60 after June 30
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of Portland's Maine Marathon, Half Marathon or Marathon Relay, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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