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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, May 13, 2018
2017: Sunday, May 14, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 50°F (10°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 39° F (3°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.82
Course Score: 98.82

Race Size

2017: 642 Finishers
2016: 874 Finishers
2015: 702 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 10.1%
2016: 11.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The point-to-point Maine Coast Marathon course runs from Kennebunk High School to the new Harold Alfond Forum at the University of New England in Biddeford.

Marathon Rankings

The Maine Coast Marathon was the 113th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 97th largest in 2016.

Last year 10.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Maine Coast Marathon the 195th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 143rd highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.82 ranks it as the 230th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Maine.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Maine Coast Marathon a PR Score of 98.82. This PR Score ranks it as the 168th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Maine.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 85 feet (25m)
Min Elevation: 5 feet (1m)


Recent Maine Coast Marathon Reviews

3.3 Stars from 4 Reviews
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review of 2017 Maine Coast Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


Disappointing. The overall course was very bland relative to what I expected from seeing all the promo videos and images. There were a few nice areas but mostly just regular back roads. The lanes were not closed and we had traffic zooming by as we ran on the shoulder and sometimes the sidewalk. They only had half a banana for finishers. There were no GELs at the stations. There were only a few tracking spots along the course. The weather was horrible. And to top it off - the course was inadvertently a half-mile long so BQ attempts were impacts. Overall, a very disappointing experience and I would not recommend it.

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review of 2017 Maine Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Aside from a major issue with directions on the course adding .5 to the race, the Maine Coast Marathon was a beautiful race along the coast of Maine. The views are amazing and the rolling hills are nothing to be afraid of. Crowd support small but is spread out along the course. The race is well supported with aid stations full of happy faces cheering you on. I find the support of a family on their front law cheering you on just as amazing as the cheers of 100 supports so it suited me.

Race Tips

There are long stretches of open road where you may need to up the mental game but if you have done any long solo runs during training you will be ready. This race feels like another long run through your hometown...low key.

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review of 2017 Maine Coast Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Hi, this was my first marathon. It is not ''mostly flat'' as described here but ''rolling hills'' like it is written on the marathon website (the second half). Did not help that is was 42F and pouring rain. I found it very hard and my next one will be totally flat in Ottawa. Great views on the ocean, I forgot it was raining at times...

Race Tips

If you are expecting flat all the way, this is not the marathon for you. If you are looking for great scenery then it is. very small, I ran alone most of my 5 hours which made it a bit difficult. The rain did not help, supporters were pretty rare. Great jacket and tshirt.

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easy parking at departure or finish. bus ride provided. lots of potties at the beginnings and oh nice hot shower at the end in the university.

review of 2016 Maine Coast Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


I liked that I was able to pick my race number, the video from the race (at an extra cost) and the views along the coast. I didn't like that the roads were not closed, there was a timing mat at 7 and then again at 21 or 23 (what happened to 10K, half and 20 miles?) and we had to run no more than 2 side by side along the shoulder and sometimes on the sidewalk.

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Finish Time Equivalent

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