Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

Saturday, November 6, 2021 • Portland, ME • Course Map

Runners get the chance to look out onto the beach, run across bridges and around the popular Back Cove Trail along the waterfront at the Shipyard Brewing Company Old Port Half Marathon, which makes its 10th annual running through this coastal Maine city this year.

The half marathon starts along the Old Port 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 the Western Promenade and toward the course’s highest point of 120 feet.

After a brief run on the Western Promenade and passing the mile 3 marker, the rest of the course takes place along the water, returning runners to sea level and treating them to the stunning views of the Fore River. Much of the course’s remainder takes place on the waterfront; even after leaving the river, the waterfront views continue as runners cross Tukey Bridge and make their way around Back Cove via the paved Eastern Promenade Trail and the packed cinder Back Cove Trail.


Runners leave the starting line at the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon. (Photo courtesy Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon)

Runners leave the starting line at the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon. (Photo courtesy Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon)

The middle portion 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 where they started, just past the Maine State Pier in the Old Port District. 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 Portland Head Lighthouse in Portland, Maine. (Photo by Randy Pertiet/flickr)

The Portland Head Lighthouse in Portland, Maine. (Photo by Randy Pertiet/flickr)

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 cool to mild weather in November, with the occasional cool morning. Temperatures typically range from the low 30s to the low 50s, and Portland experiences about 4.1 inches of precipitation on average for the month–and the occasional early snowfall.

On race day (Nov. 6), the average low is 42ºF and the average high is 50ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Old Port Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:00 AM

Course Time Limit

3 hours, 15 minutes


  • $69 and up for the half marathon
  • $34 and up for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Portland’s Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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2 comments… add one
  • Torey November 6, 2019, 11:47 am

    The Shipyard Old Port, ME race in Maine is listed as June 20th but the website says June 6th.

    • Terrell Johnson November 6, 2019, 4:22 pm

      Thank you, Torey! I’ve made the change here and on our calendar pages. Much appreciate you letting us know.


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