Maine Coast Half Marathon

Sunday, September 19, 2021 • Wells, ME • Course Map

Set for its 8th annual running this year, the Enjoy Your Life Maine Coast Half Marathon & 5K is a now a one-day running event; in the past, organizers offer the “Maine Coast 39.3 Challenge,” which included a full marathon and took place over two days.

Now both events take place on the same day, and runners have to choose — in this case, Saturday’s Maine Coast Half Marathon, which follows an out-and-back course that starts at the Eastern Shore Parking Lot next to Wells Harbor, overlooking the finish line at nearby Wells Harbor Community Park.

From there, runners head south along the beaches for the first 4.5 miles with views of the Atlantic Ocean to the left and the inland marshes to the right. This section is virtually flat with only one tiny hill near mile 2.5.

Runners will cross a footbridge going over the estuary before heading inland, where the course continues the nature tour of marshes and wildlife and crosses the estuary several more times. This section of the course is part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, which protects salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Keep an eye out–you might see some of these birds before they fly south for the winter.

Though the second half of 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. The last mile is fully downhill as runners approaches the finish line at Wells Harbor Community Park.

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.

Photos courtesy Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon/Rugged Races

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, Wells typically sees September temperatures between the mid-40s and the mid-70s. September is one of the wetter months, with 3.4 inches of precipitation on average for the month.

On race day (Sep. 19), the average low is 52ºF and the average high is 68ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Maine Coast Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon
  • 7:30 AM – 5K


  • $59 – $89 for the half marathon
  • $34 – $44 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the late summer running of the Maine Coast Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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1 comment… add one
  • Trudy Key January 28, 2016, 6:27 pm

    Hey! There are 4 of us coming from SC to run your race and we were wondering if there were any way we could get our race packets mailed to us in advance so as not to rush to make it thete before packet pick up ends?? Or will there be race day pick up available if we don’t make it in time the day before??
    Thank you and we’re looking forward to running your half marathon!!!
    My cell# is 803-609-5521if you need to contact me!!


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