Race Details

The half starts at 8:00 a.m. and the marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9th.
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 9th
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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Check out this video course preview!

– 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 9th
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

NOTE: Starting in 2020 there will be two separate race-day packet pickup locations — one at the start location of the marathon and another at the start location of the half marathon.

On Friday, May 8th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. the 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). Simply stop by WITH YOUR PHOTO ID to get your bib, merchandise, and other race items. This is also where you’ll go to take a hot shower after the race. Pretty sweet, right? 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. Health & Fitness Expo will feature sponsor and vendor booths selling cool fitness products. Be sure to check out all the goodies when you come to packet pickup!

Marathon Packet Pickup

On Saturday, May 9th from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. the marathon packet pickup and start will take place at Kennebunk High School (89 Fletcher St, Kennebunk, ME). Marathon participants are expected to park at the high school. There will no longer be shuttle service to the high school from the University of New England before the race. Instead we will be providing a free shuttle service from the University of New England to the high school AFTER the race.

Half Marathon Packet Pickup

On Saturday, May 9th from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. the half marathon packet pickup will take place at the University of New England’s Campus Center gym  (15 Hills Beach Road).

Expo

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, 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 featuring legendary 70’s party band Motor Booty Affair, 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

NOTE: Due to a restriction in the number of parking spaces available at the University of New England, starting in 2020 there will be a new parking and shuttle bus plan. 

Half Marathon

The race starts and finishes on Hills Beach Road at the University of New England – Biddeford Campus. Since there is a limited amount of parking available on campus only registered half marathon participants will be allowed to park here. Please carpool with other half marathon runners. Our parking attendants will direct you to an available space, which may be up to a quarter mile from the start so plan accordingly. 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 the packet pickup. If all spots on campus fill up then runners will be required to use the Satellite Parking Lot.

Marathon

The race starts at Kennebunk High School (89 Fletcher St, Kennebunk, ME). All parking for the marathon will be at the high school and not the University of New England. There will no longer be shuttle service to the high school from the University of New England before the race. Instead we will be providing a free shuttle service from the University of New England to the high school AFTER the race. A refund will be given to everyone who purchased a shuttle bus pass.

Satellite Parking Lot

All spectators related to half marathon runners will be required to park in a satellite parking lot off the UNE campus, and a free shuttle bus service will be provided before and after the race. The satellite parking lot is located at the John F Kennedy Memorial school (64 West Street, Biddeford, ME). Spectators may drop off half marathon runners before the start of the race at the University of New England, however, they may not park on the campus.

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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