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Maine Marathon Reviews


4.9 Stars from 7 Runners





  

By about 2017


Review

The Spectators and Volunteers!!!!

The bling is always good too.


Race Tips

Always check the weather the night before and morning of, New England's weather can change fast


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The website list specific parking areas


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

All volunteer marathon that is absolutely beautiful! All proceeds benefit local charities. The course is just beautiful and there are so many goodies!


Race Tips

Expect to have a great time, you will find everyone to be especially helpful.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Parking is free at the University of Southern Maine! Arrive early to avoid traffic and enjoy prerace time.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

The Maine Marathon is all about the Maine experience. Exciting without being overly dramatic, scenic but never showy, friendly and genuine, and fun. The weather is always perfect temperature. The course is shaded, run under the oaks along the coast of southern Maine, starting and finishing in beautiful downtown Portland. The first 2 miles and the last 2 miles take you along the Back Cove. The crowds are out, cheering for you by name, the support tables are enthusiastically managed and evenly distributed along the course. The medals are always top of the line, and the director and finish line team are the best in the business!! There are three or four sections with small hills, otherwise this is a flat and fast run. I've done this marathon and half-marathon course numerous times and it always makes me smile to finish it. What a gem!! They celebrate their 25th year in 2016 and from I can see, this race has legs. Expect another 25 years easy!


Race Tips

Slow and steady start. No hills until mile 6, when you hit the Falmouth Foreside section. Tree lined and shaded. Temps are typically in the low 50's at the start. Hills in mile 6, 7, 9, 15, 17. Easy hills for the most part. Tuttle Road section is the toughest one. Great crowds to help motivate you, especially at the route 88 pickup and the Tuttle Road intersection. They do run the half, marathon relay and marathon all concurrently, so for the first 6.5 miles, it's a bit crowded, especially at the half midpoint which is close to the first relay handoff. Other than that, it's easy running with room to spread out.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Eat at BreaLu cafe after the race. It's literally two blocks from the finish line on Forest Avenue. You've earned the sort of breakfast they can make for you!!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Awesome course. Amazing race goodie bag. Loved this marathon!


Race Tips

Train on some hills.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Well organized, nice gift bags to all runners, not a lot of turns on the race course mostly straight out and back.


Race Tips

Expect a few hills between mile 17 and 21 otherwise mostly rolling hills. Course is normally about 1-2 tenths of a mile longer on my gps than the track mileage.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

The Maine Marathon is a very well run race. Volunteers are very friendly. Pleasant course hills are not overly hard


Race Tips

Expect a slower first few miles as half marathon follows the same course. The pack thins out around mile 7 as the half marathon turns to head back. Hills are not as bad as advertised keep a steady pace until mile 17 after that race is flat or down hill.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Parking is easy in the garage at Southern Maine Unv. Use the bathrooms at the parking garage clean and no crowds!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2012


Review

Well run mid-sized race. They have race day packet pick-up. Run w/ a half and a relay. You get a nice T-shirt and Medal. They have an early start for walkers.


Race Tips

The course is a modified out and back. Some rolling hills in the middle miles. If you've trained on hills these shouldn't scare you away. The last few miles are nice and flat. Post race area is a little cramped but they have some nice food.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I drove in on race morning so I don't know about hotels. I did find free parking super near by but I arrived early.


4 / 5 Stars





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