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.
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.