Race Details

The half starts at 8:00 a.m. and the marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11th.
Click a section below for more details about The Maine Coast Half & Full Marathon!

– The Half –

The Shipyard Maine Coast Half features stunning views of the Gulf of Maine, including meandering salt marshes, tranquil tidal pools, white-sand beaches, and waves crashing against ancient boulders.

You’ll warm up in the first two miles from the start at UNE down to the shoreline. While running along Fortunes Rocks Road from Mile 2 to Mile 3, you’ll pass by fresh water ponds on one side and beaches on the other. Then, after heading back inland for one mile and catching some shade, you’ll pass by the beautiful salt marshes of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. Then, after turning around and heading back along a different section of Fortunes Rocks Road from Mile 5.6 to Mile 7, you’ll get amazing views of the rocky coastline and elegant beach houses.

Once you reach Mile Stretch Road from Mile 7 to Mile 8, and then again from Mile 10 to Mile 11, you’ll see tranquil views of the great tidal basin known as The Pool. This narrow strip of land connects you to the secluded beachfront village of Biddeford Pool and features crashing surf, rugged rocks, lobster boats, fresh salt air, and the calls of seagulls. After touring the coastline you’ll head back inland for the last two miles along shady small-town roads to the finish at UNE.

We’ll email you a comprehensive PDF Race Info Packet a few days before the race which will contain all the small details that you need to know before you arrive, like where the toilets will be, how to access the post-race showers, the best viewing areas for friends/family, etc. so keep an eye out!

DETAILS
Start Time: 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 11th
Start/Finish Address: UNE campus (Hills Beach Road + Old Pool Road)
Start Format: 5 Waves of 300, 3-Minutes Apart, Fastest Runners First
Time Limit: Walkers permitted!
Traffic: All Roads Open to Traffic
USATF Certification: ME17002JK

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– The Marathon –

Like the half, The Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon features stunning views of the Gulf of Maine, including meandering salt marshes, tranquil tidal pools, white-sand beaches, and waves crashing against ancient boulders. It offers a gorgeous point-to-point course traveling from Kennebunk to Biddeford alongside breathtaking water views for at least five miles. The course has a single out-and-back section at Mile 19.7. Runners will travel straight out Kings Highway for less than a half mile and turn around at the intersection of Oceanview Avenue. From the elegant 19th century Sea Captain’s homes of Kennebunk during the second mile to crashing surf at Fortunes Rocks Beach in Biddeford during the 23rd mile, this course will enchant you with beauty.

We’ll email you a comprehensive PDF Race Info Packet a few days before the race which will contain all the small details that you need to know before you arrive, like where the toilets will be, how to access the post-race showers, the best viewing areas for friends/family, etc. so keep an eye out!

DETAILS
Start Time: 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11th
Start Address: Kennebunk High School (89 Fletcher St, Kennebunk, ME)
Finish Address: UNE campus (Hills Beach Road + Old Pool Road)
Start Format: Mass Start
Time Limit: 6 hours, 30 minutes. No walkers permitted. Time limit strictly enforced by tail sweep.
Traffic: Mile 1 closed to traffic; Miles 2-8 will have the opposite lane open; All roads open thereafter
USATF Certification: ME17002JK
Boston Marathon Qualifier: Yes

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Check out this video course preview!


39.3 Challenge

If running 26.2 miles just isn’t enough of a challenge for you, then why not do BOTH the half and the marathon? We call it the 39.3 Challenge! You’ll run the half on Saturday, then the full marathon on Sunday, collecting three medals along the way (half, full, and 39.3). You can also purchase the optional 39.3 Challenge jacket (pictured) online when you register. They’re ripstop nylon with a mesh liner and mesh under-sleeves. The deadline to order your jacket is Sunday, April 1st.

Packet Pickup & Expo

Packet pickup and the Health & Fitness Expo will both take place at the University of New England’s Campus Center gym (15 Hills Beach Road). This is also where you’ll go to take a hot shower after the race. Pretty sweet, right?

PACKET PICKUP will be on Friday, May 10th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 11th from 6 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Simply stop by on either of those days WITH YOUR PHOTO ID to get your bib, merchandise, and other race items. Marathoners: note that THERE IS NO BIB PICKUP AT THE START (Kennebunk High)!

If you can’t make it to packet pickup, you can have a friend pick up everything for you. However, if you plan on drinking, you’ll either need to get a 21+ wristband at packet pickup (which you can’t do if a friend picks up for you) or have your ID on you at the after-party.

THE HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO will be on Friday, May 10th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature sponsor and vendor booth selling cool fitness products. Be sure to check out all the goodies when you come to packet pickup!

If you’re interested in being a vendor at the Expo, please click here to register or email us at [email protected] to learn more.

The After Party

Not only do you get an awesome day of scenic running, but you also get treated to a rockin’ after-party on UNE’s gorgeous campus green! We’ll have fruit and water waiting for you at the Finish, but you’ll also get KIND bars, Purity Organic juices, Drink Maple flavored water, Cap’n Eli’s soda, bagels with peanut butter, yogurt, pretzels, and cookies at the party!

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, we’ll also have live music, cornhole and other games, plus craft beer from our friends at Shipyard (21+ with ID) and Rococo Handcrafted Ice Cream. The best part? It’s all included with your registration!

Parking

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HALF MARATHON
The race starts and finishes on Hills Beach Road at the University of New England – Biddeford Campus. We’ll be parking cars in campus lots on both sides of Pool Street. Parking attendants will direct you to an available space, which may be up to a half mile from the start so plan accordingly. Parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis for the spots closest to the start.

PLEASE ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 6:45 a.m. so you have plenty of time to park, stretch, and get to the starting line. Come earlier if you still need to go to packet pickup.

MARATHON
All parking for the marathon will be on the UNE campus in the same lots used for the half. Look for parking attendants directing traffic on Pool Street.

YOU CAN’T PARK AT THE START (Kennebunk High School) after 8:30 a.m., which means whomever drops you off can stay to watch the start but they must move their car by 8:30.

SHUTTLE: If you don’t have someone to drop you off, park at UNE and ride the shuttle bus to the start. Shuttle tickets are $4 and must be purchased online when you register. The buses will run between UNE and Kennebunk High starting at 6 a.m. and ending around 6:30. You’ll select a departure time when you buy your ticket, so arrive early and don’t miss your bus! Note that your bib will be your boarding pass.

Lodging

Click here to see a list of partner hotels for the race! This list of hotels will update, so be sure to check back for the latest offers!

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