Race Details

The Half starts at 7:00 AM and the 5k starts at 7:30 AM on Saturday, May 6th. The Full starts at 7:30 AM on Sunday, May 7th. Click a section below for more details about The Maine Coast Full Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K!

- The Full -

The new Maine Coast Marathon is a gorgeous point-to-point course that features some of the most breathtaking coastal views in Kennebunk, Wells, and Ogunquit including 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. Participants may take a shuttle bus or get dropped off at the race start at Kennebunk High School. At Mile 1 you’ll run through the town of Kennebunk and past elegant 19th century sea captains’ homes. From Mile 6 to 7.25 you’ll run along the coastline past Gooch’s Beach, Middle Beach, and Mother’s Beach. After crossing into the town of Wells at Mile 10, the course passes through the pastoral Wells Reserve at Laudholm, down its 0.6 mile Barrier Beach Trail to the coastline again, and through the Drake’s Island community. Once in the town of Ogunquit at Mile 20, you’ll cross over a boardwalk footbridge to a sandy pathway along the edge of dunes, and then begin a continuous 3.5 mile journey up along the coastline. Throughout the last 6 miles you’ll witness amazing views of marshes that are all part of the Wells Reserve and Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, and stretches of the Atlantic Ocean. The race finishes in the Wells Harbor Community Park.

DETAILS
Date: Sunday May 7, 2023
Start Time: 7:30 AM Start
Location: Kennebunk High School (89 Fletcher St, Kennebunk, ME 04043)
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 6 hours 30 minutes of their start time (2:00 PM)
Traffic: Roads Open to Traffic

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

- 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 male and female in the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 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 26.2 miles isn't enough for you, then the Maine Coast 39.3 Challenge is YOUR event this May!

The concept is simple: Complete the Half Marathon on May 6, then run the Marathon the next day on May 7!

You’ll receive: Half Marathon swag and medal, Marathon swag and medal, PLUS an exclusive 39.3 Challenge hat. Not to mention a discount on both races...and all the bragging rights! Register below.

Packet Pickup

FRIDAY BIB PICKUP: Bib pickup (for Full, 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 High School (200 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)

SUNDAY MARATHON BIB PICKUP: Sunday Marathon (only) bib pickup and shuttle bus pickup will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2023, from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the Wells Junior High School (1470 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090). NOTE: THERE IS NO MARATHON BIB PICKUP AT THE RACE START AT KENNEBUNK HIGH SCHOOL.

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 a variety of snacks including Rococo ice cream 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

Train Travel

Parking and Shuttle Buses 

There will be separate designated parking lots for participants in each race to park, register, and take a shuttle bus to their respective start lines. Runners may take a shuttle bus from their designated parking lot to the start line, or they may get dropped off by someone else; however, bib pickup will not be available at any of the start lines. After the race, shuttle buses will provide transportation from the finish line back to the parking lots.

Half Marathon Race
Saturday, May 6
5:30AM to 6:45AM
Wells Junior High School (1470 Post Rd)

5K Race
Saturday, May 6
5:30AM to 7:15AM
Wells High School (200 Sanford Rd)

Marathon Race
Sunday, May 7
5:30AM to 7:00 AM
Wells Junior High School (1470 Post Rd)

THERE IS NO PARKING AT THE FINISH LINE  

Shuttle buses will transport runners and spectators from the finish area back to the Wells Junior High School from 7:30 AM to 12:00PM on Saturday, May 6, and from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Sunday, May 7. There will be no shuttle service from the finish line to any of the start lines.

Lodging

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

Ready To Run?

Reserve your spot today at The Maine Coast Full Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K!

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