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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, October 15, 2017
2016: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 48°F (8°C)
Average High: 55°F (12°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.85
Course Score: 96.85

Race Size

2016: 768 Finishers
2015: 656 Finishers
2014: 611 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 9%
2015: 12%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Mount Desert Island is a challenging, hilly course. Runners will earn their PRs and BQs here.

Marathon Rankings

The Mount Desert Island Marathon was the 103rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 122nd largest in 2015.

Last year 9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 12% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Mount Desert Island Marathon the 244th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 130th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 96.85 ranks it as the 372nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th 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 Mount Desert Island Marathon a PR Score of 96.85. This PR Score ranks it as the 335th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 5th fastest in Maine.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 249 feet (75m)
Min Elevation: 6 feet (1m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Mount Desert Island Marathon

3.3 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2014 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

0 / 5 Stars


Beautiful run. The weather was great (for marathon running). The fall colors were stunning. Cool to run around the only fjord on the Atlantic coast. Combining fall leaves with ocean views made for a great experience. The race is surprisingly small and intimate. Not much for crowds, but as for vistas, hard to beat. I ran Big Sur last year and this was equal.

Race Tips

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

A number of good hotels and B & Bs available. We arrived a couple of days early to take pictures of Bass Harbour lighthouse and see the sights. My only regret was that I didn't want to fill up on the fantastic lobster and seafood the day before running, but otherwise, it was all good.

review of 2014 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Most beautiful course I have ever run. It is challenging but fair. It runs faster than you think because your mind is actually occupied on the scenery. This is a race I will try to run every year.

Race Tips

Do not start fast. Hold reserve early and resist the temptation to go out hard with everyone. This race begins at mile 20 and if you have run a cerebral race, you will be able to handle the uphill from mile 20 to 24. This is a runners race. If you run a smart race, you can BQ. I would rather BQ here than any other course because if you do, you have truly earned it.

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

Stay downtown as everything is within walking distance.

review of 2013 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


The organization is fantastic. The town of Bar Harbor is very welcoming and a great place to visit in October. The course is challenging and very scenic. I prefer marathons of this size as your never running alone, but never feel overwhelmed by crowds.

Race Tips

Ease up a bit on the hills and enjoy the scenery. Save energy for the last mile which is mostly downhill. Run strong and smile as you cross the finish line.

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

Stay near the downtown area of Bar Harbor and you can walk everywhere, including to the start line. You will need to drive to the pasta dinner, but it is worth the trip. Loved the seafood pasta.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Mount Desert Island Marathon in 2:58:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.