Maine > Bands on the Run Half Marathon & 5K
Lewiston, ME • Sunday, June 29, 2014 • Course Map
Featuring a route that takes runners along fast, flat riverside trails for its first few miles as well as a close-up view of the rocky falls known as the "Great Falls" along the Androscoggin River near downtown, the Bands on the Run Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk will also feature a number of live bands playing music out on the course to keep runners motivated and entertained throughout the race.
The race will take runners back and forth across the Androscoggin a few times between the Maine cities of Lewiston and Auburn, which are often referred to as a single place -- as "Lewiston-Auburn," or simply "L/A" -- from the starting line in Lewiston's Simard Payne Park.
From there, runners will make their way first around the edges of the park and then cross the river over the Auburn Riverwalk trail bridge, and then join the pathway along the riverside as soon as they make it over to the Auburn side of the river.
Runners will stay next to the river for about the first 3 miles of the half marathon, and get a close-up view of the city's famed Great Falls just after passing the mile 1 marker. The trail will take the course right up to an overlook at the top of the falls, where you'll be able to catch at least a quick glipse of the waterfall (and perhaps stop to take a photo). Once past the falls, runners keep heading north along the riverbank, joining up with Center Street and North River Road.
The course will also offer a window into this region's past, as many of the old mill buildings and relics of this former industrial center still stand both along the river and in the town.
Once they make it outside the city limits of Auburn, the course changes to more of a run through rolling farmland along country roads, on the land that lies between the Androscoggin and Lake Auburn. Once runners have passed the mile 7 and 8 markers, the course then loops back toward Auburn and Lewiston, and brings them across the river again over the Memorial Bridge.
The final few miles of the half marathon bring runners through Lewiston, the home of Bates College -- they'll pass within a few blocks of the campus between miles 10 and 11 -- and then across the river, back and forth again, two more times before sending them home to the finish line back at Simard Payne Park, where the post-race festival that will include free beer, food, and live music.
Weather conditions likely will be in the low 60s and reach the 70s 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.
Provided by race director Erik Boucher
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the winding Androscoggin River in southwestern Maine, about 35 miles north of Portland, Lewiston typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in June, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 37°F (in 1927) and as high as 99°F (in 1944).
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||Rain: 3.82 in.
See the race route map for the Bands on the Run Half Marathon
8:15 AM - half marathon
8:45 AM - 5K run/walk
9:00 AM - kids' obstacle course
$45 for the half marathon, if registered before May 1, 2014
$50 between May 1 - June 27
$55 at the race packet pickup and on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the early summer 2014 running of Lewiston's Bands on the Run Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com.
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