Race Details

The Half starts at 7:00 AM and the 5k starts at 7:30 AM on Saturday, May 7th.
Click a section below for more details about The Maine Coast Half Marathon & 5K!

- The Half -

The Maine Coast Half Marathon course passes through the towns of Wells and Ogunquit, and features scenic views typical of southern Maine’s coastline: pristine marshes, miles of sandy beaches, glimmering dunes, and the occasional rocky ledge outcropping. The entire course sits just above sea level with no significant hills. The race starts at the northern tip of a peninsula with spectacular views of Wells Harbor on three sides. You’ll warm up in the first 4.5 miles heading straight down the shoreline with views of the Atlantic on your left and marshes on your right. Before heading inland you’ll run along the edge of dunes on a sandy pathway and then onto a wooden boardwalk and over a footbridge. As you head back north you’ll repeat the pattern crossing over the estuary six times with amazing views of marshes that are all part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. The race finishes in the Wells Harbor Community Park.

DETAILS
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Start Location: Eastern Shore Parking Lot area (506 Atlantic Ave, Wells, ME 04090)
Finish Location: Wells Harbor Community Park (331 Harbor Rd, Wells, ME 04090)
Start Format: Mass start. Runners seat themselves in the start corral based on their estimated pace time.
Time Limit: All runners must finish within 3:15 of their start time. 
Traffic: Some Roads Open to Traffic

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women overall, and the top 3 men and women in the following age groups: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

- The 5K -

The Maine Coast 5K course features the best scenic views that southern Maine’s coastline has to offer: sandy beaches, rocky ledge outcroppings, and pristine marshesThe entire course sits just above sea level with no significant hills. The race starts at Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort overlooking a broad stretch of Wells Beach and the Atlantic ocean. In the first and last mile runners are treated to amazing views of marshes that are part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. The race finishes in the Wells Harbor Community Park. 

DETAILS
Start Time: 7:30 AM
Start Location: Casino Square 5K start area (393 Mile Rd, Wells, ME 04090)
Finish Location: Wells Harbor Community Park (331 Harbor Rd, Wells, ME 04090)
Start Format: Mass start
Time Limit: None
Traffic: Some Roads Open to Traffic

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women overall, and the top 3 men and women in the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.


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

FRIDAY BIB PICKUP: Bib pickup (for Half and 5K) will take place on Friday, May 5, 2023, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m at the Wells Junior High School (1470 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090)

SATURDAY 5K BIB PICKUP: 5k (only) bib pickup and shuttle bus pickup will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. at the Wells Elementary School (276 Sanford Rd )

SATURDAY HALF BIB PICKUP: Half marathon (only) bib pickup and shuttle bus pickup will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023, from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. at the Wells Junior High School (1470 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090)

The After Party

Not only do you get an awesome day of scenic running, you also get treated to a rockin’ after-party at the gorgeous Wells Harbor Community Park! We’ll have Rococo ice cream, bananas, KIND bars, Smartfood Popcorn, Quaker Rice Crisps Fig bars, HINT Water, and more waiting for you at the finish!

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, we’ll also have a live band, cornhole, and other games. Plus, you’ll receive 2 complimentary beers (for all participants 21+ with ID) from the Shipyard Brewing Company. The best part? It’s all included with your registration!

Parking

Parking and Shuttle Buses 

Before the races start all participants should park in one of three places: the Wells Junior High School (1470 Post Rd), the High School (200 Sanford Rd), or the Elementary School (276 Sanford Rd ). A short walking path connects the High School and Elementary School to the Junior High School. No long-term parking will be allowed at either of the race start areas including the Eastern Shore parking lot and Casino Square on Mile Rd, or at the finish area in the Wells Harbor Community Park.

Shuttle buses will deliver runners from Junior High School to the respective start line areas from 5:30AM to 7:15AM and from the finish area back to the Junior High School from 7:30 AM to 12:00PM. Runners may get dropped off at these locations, and spectators may temporarily park at Eastern Shore lot and Casino Square before the races begin, but then they must move after the race starts.

Train Travel

Participants from further away are encouraged to consider taking the Amtrak Downeaster that stops at the Wells Regional Transportation Center. From there it’s a short (2.2-mile) trip to the Junior High School or a nearby hotel.

Lodging

Need a place to stay for the race? Check out our official hotel partner, Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort Motel Wells Beach Maine.

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