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Maine Marathon

Portland, ME

Race Dates

2017: TBD
2016: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 52°F (11°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.22
Course Score: 98.22

Race Size

2016: 728 Finishers
2015: 850 Finishers
2014: 1,019 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 12.8%
2015: 13.9%
2014: 10.3%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Maine Marathon features a rolling out-and-back course. The course starts and finishes along the inner bay - the Back Cove. The first and last four miles are mostly flat. In between, runners enjoy Mackworth Point in Falmouth (just north of Mackworth Island), a short detour off Route 1. The course then returns to Route 1 and turns onto Route 88, where runners pass many stately homes. The marathon continues along Route 88 to Yarmouth for a 2.5-mile loop around a rural neighborhood before rejoining Route 88 for the return trip to Portland.

The marathon course features a mixture of rolling hills and flat sections between Miles 5 and 17, and is mostly flat or downhill for the final nine miles.

Marathon Rankings

The Maine Marathon was the 103rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 97th largest in 2014.

This year 12.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Maine Marathon the 100th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 95th highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.22 ranks it as the 281st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th 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 Marathon a PR Score of 98.22. This PR Score ranks it as the 229th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 4th fastest in Maine.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 149 feet (45m)
Min Elevation: 3 feet (0m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Maine Marathon

4.75 Stars from 4 Reviews

review of 2015 Maine Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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!!

review of 2015 Maine Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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

Race Tips

Train on some hills.

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

review of 2014 Maine Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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!

review of 2012 Maine Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


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.

Finish Time Equivalent

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