Maine Coast Half Marathon

Saturday, May 4, 2024 • Wells, ME • Course Map

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A gorgeous run along the rocky Maine shoreline, with stretches through pristine marshes and along white-sand beaches, as well as past a number of uniquely New England-style cottages along the beach. Welcome to the Maine Coast Half Marathon. That’s what awaits in tiny Wells Harbor, overlooking the Webhannet River, where you’ll run south along the oceanfront for the first half of the race.

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.

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Coastal architecture on the Maine Coast Half Marathon course.
Maine Coast Half Marathon course Two runners enjoying the Maine Coast Half Marathon

Photos courtesy Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon/Rugged Races

Awards & Accolades

We ranked the Maine Coast Half Marathon as one of the Most Fun Half Marathons of 2024.

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 cool (and sometimes still cold) weather conditions in the late spring, as May brings temperatures between the low 40s and the high 60s.

  • May 4 average low temp: 45ºF
  • May 4 average high temp: 59ºF

Past Results

Maine Coast Half Marathon 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

Course Time Limit

3 hours, 15 minutes


  • $74 and up – half marathon
  • $49 and up – 5K

Maine Coast Half Marathon Registration

To reserve your spot in the late spring 2024 running of the Maine Coast Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at here.

Maine Coast Half Marathon Official Race Website

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2 comments… add one
  • Chuck Chokel May 6, 2023, 5:19 pm

    Where can the 2023 half marathon results be found?

  • 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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