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Maine Coast Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Race Details

The Maine Coast Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K have the following start times: Marathon start: Sunday, May 4th at 7:30 AM Half Marathon start: Saturday, May 3rd at 7:00 AM 5K start: Saturday, May 3rd at 7:30 AM

DAYS TO RACE

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Marathon

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Details

Date: Sunday May 4th, 2025
Start Time: 7:30 AM Start

Start Location:
Eastern Shore Harbor Parking Lot
506 Atlantic Ave,
Wells, ME 04090

Finish Location:
Wells Harbor Community Park
331 Harbor Rd,
Wells, ME 04090

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Start Format:

Mass start. Runners seat themselves in the start corral based on their estimated pace time.

Time Limit:

All runners must finish within 6 hours 30 minutes of their start time (2:00 PM)

Traffic:

Roads Open to Traffic

Pacer Groups Provided (hrs):

3:20, 3:30, 3:35, 3:50, 3:55, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 4:50, 5:05 and 5:20.

Awards:

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women overall, and the top male and female in the following age groups: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

Half Marathon

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Details

Date: Saturday May 3rd, 2025 Start Time: 7:00 AM Start Location: Eastern Shore Parking 506 Atlantic Ave, Wells, ME 04090 Finish Location: Wells Harbor Community Park 331 Harbor Rd, Wells, ME 04090 Elevation Map

Start Format:

Mass start. Runners seat themselves in the start corral based on their estimated pace time.

Time Limit:

All runners must finish within 3 hours 15 minutes of their start time (10:15 AM)

Traffic:

Some Roads Open to Traffic

Pacer Groups Provided (hrs):

1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, and 3:00.

Awards:

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women overall, and the top male and female in the following age groups: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

5K

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Details

Date: Saturday May 3rd, 2025 Start Time: 7:30 AM Start Location: Casino Square 393 Mile Rd, Wells, ME 04090 Finish Location: Wells Harbor Community Park 331 Harbor Rd, Wells, ME 04090 Elevation Map

Start Format:

Mass start.

Time Limit:

None

Traffic:

Some Roads Open to Traffic

Awards:

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women overall, and the top male and female in the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.
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Course Descriptions

The new Maine Coast Marathon is a gorgeous point-to-point course that features some of the most breathtaking coastal views in Wells including pristine marshes, miles of sandy beaches, the occasional rocky ledge outcropping, as well as pastoral farmland, community solar farms, and shady country roads. The course is USATF certified and is a Boston Qualifier. The entire course sits just above sea level with no significant hills and a total of 725 ft. elevation gain. The race starts at the northern tip of a peninsula with spectacular views of Wells Harbor on three sides. Participants may take a shuttle bus or get dropped off at the race start at the Eastern Shore parking lot at Wells Beach. You’ll start with a continuous 4 mile journey along the coastline with amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. During the in-land portion of the course from mile 6 to mile 20 you’ll experience rolling hills through the more rural parts of Wells with large open areas and shady country roads surrounded by trees and stream crossings. At mile 22 you’ll enter the Wells Reserve at Laudholm and witness amazing views of pastoral farmland and marshes. This includes a 0.6 mile stretch on the Barrier Beach Trail, a hard-packed dirt road that leads to the coastline again, and through the Drake’s Island community. The race finishes in the Wells Harbor Community Park next to the small working waterfront.

The Maine Coast Half Marathon course passes through the towns of Wells and Ogunquit, and features scenic views typical of southern Maine’s coastline: pristine marshes, miles of sandy beaches, glimmering dunes, and the occasional rocky ledge outcropping. The entire course sits just above sea level with no significant hills.

The race starts at the northern tip of a peninsula with spectacular views of Wells Harbor on three sides. Participants may take a shuttle bus or get dropped off at the race start at the Eastern Shore parking lot at Wells Beach. You’ll warm up in the first 4.5 miles heading straight down the shoreline with views of the Atlantic on your left and marshes on your right.

Before heading inland you’ll run along the edge of dunes on a sandy pathway and then onto a wooden boardwalk and over a footbridge. As you head back north you’ll repeat the pattern crossing over the estuary six times with amazing views of marshes that are part of the Wells Reserve and Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. The race finishes in the Wells Harbor Community Park.

The Maine Coast 5K course features the best scenic views that southern Maine’s coastline has to offer: sandy beaches, rocky ledge outcroppings, and pristine marshes. The entire course sits just above sea level with no significant hills.

The race starts at Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort overlooking a broad stretch of Wells Beach and the Atlantic ocean. In the first and last mile, runners are treated to amazing views of marshes that are part of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. The race finishes in the Wells Harbor Community Park.

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Spectators

Want to cheer on your family and friends during their run? Be sure to read all the information below to ensure a successful race day for all! Don’t forget to bring your signs so your loved ones can spot you from the race course.

Note: There is NO PARKING at the half marathon or 5K race start area or finish area. Only registered participants may board a shuttle bus to either the half marathon or 5K start areas.

Shuttles

Spectators may use the finish area shuttle service from 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday and 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Sunday from the following locations only: York County Community College 112 College Dr, Wells, ME   Wells Junior High School 1470 Post Rd, Wells, ME
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Packet Pickup

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THURSDAY BIB PICKUP:

Bib pickup (for Full, Half and 5K) will take place on Thursday May 1, 2025, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m at the Wells Harbor Community Park (331 Harbor Rd, Wells, ME 04090)

FRIDAY BIB PICKUP:

Bib pickup (for Full, Half and 5K) will take place on Friday, May 2, 2025, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m at theWells Harbor Community Park (331 Harbor Rd, Wells, ME 04090)

SATURDAY BIB PICKUP:

Bib pickup (for Full only) will take place on Saturday May 3, 2025, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wells Harbor Community Park (331 Harbor Rd, Wells, ME 04090)
NOTE: THERE IS NO BIB PICKUP AT ANY OF THE RACE START LOCATIONS. BIB PICKUP WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON RACE DAY FOR THE 5K, HALF, OR FULL MARATHON. YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR BIB AT ONE OF THE PRE-RACE EXPOS.

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Saturday Parking and Shuttle Bus Info

On Saturday, starting at 5:00 AM, all participants must park in one of the many designated parking locations, walk to one of three shuttle bus pickup locations, and ride to their respective start lines. After the race, all participants must ride a shuttle bus from the finish location back to the shuttle bus pickup location. The last half marathon shuttle will depart at 6:30 AM. The last 5K shuttle will depart at 7:00 AM. There will be plenty of portable restrooms located at each of the start lines. Shuttles are for runners only. Spectators may not board a shuttle bus to the start lines and they may not park at the start lines. In an effort to start the races on time, we will not allow any runners to board the shuttles after these times. It is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to carpool, as parking is limited, and to arrive early to allow for time to park your vehicles, walk to the shuttle, and wait in the shuttle queue. Shuttle Bus A Parking Location York County Community College 112 College Dr Wells, ME 04090 Shuttle Bus B Parking Locations Participants must walk a short distance to the shuttle bus pickup location at the Junior High School. Wells Junior High School 1470 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090 Wells High School 200 Sanford Rd Wells, ME 04090 Wells Activity Center 113 Sanford Rd Wells, ME 04090 Shuttle Bus C Parking Location Beach Acres Campground 76 Eldridge Rd Wells, ME 04090

Saturday Drop-off Zone and Shuttle Bus Info

On Saturday, starting at 5:30 AM, there will be one designated drop-off zone location for all half marathon & 5K participants where another person may drop-off their runner before the race starts.

Spectators may quickly drop-off their runner from within the designated zone, and then they must depart immediately. Spectators are strongly encouraged to park their vehicles in one of the designated Shuttle Bus Parking Locations, and then to take a shuttle to the finish line.

Half-marathon runners must then board a shuttle, or walk 1.2 miles, to the half marathon start. 5K runners must walk a short distance from the drop-off zone to the start line. Shuttles are for runners only. Spectators may not board the half marathon shuttle bus.

It is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to carpool, as parking is limited, and to arrive early to allow for time to park your vehicles, walk to the shuttle, and wait in the shuttle queue.

Saturday Drop-off Zone Location

Boardwalk Arcade
359 Mile Rd, Wells
ME 04090

 

Sunday Parking and Shuttle Bus Info

On Sunday, starting at 5:30 AM, all participants should park in one of the many designated parking locations, walk to the shuttle bus pickup location, and ride to the start line; or, they may get dropped off at the start line. After the race all participants must ride a shuttle bus from the finish location back to the shuttle bus pickup location. The last marathon shuttle will depart at 7:00 AM. It is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to carpool, as parking is limited, and to arrive early. There will be plenty of portable restrooms located at the marathon start line. Spectators may not board a shuttle bus to the marathon start line; however, they may park at the marathon start line to drop a runner off. Shuttle Bus A Parking Location York County Community College 112 College Dr Wells, ME 04090 Shuttle Bus B Parking Location Participants must walk a short distance to the shuttle bus pickup location at the Junior High School. Wells Junior High School 1470 Post Rd, Wells ME 04090 Wells High School 200 Sanford Rd Wells, ME 04090 Wells Activity Center 113 Sanford Rd Wells, ME 04090

Parking and Shuttle Buses Info

There will be separate designated parking lots for runners in each race to park, register, and take a shuttle bus to their respective start lines. Runners may take a shuttle bus from their designated parking lot to the start line, or they may get dropped off by someone else; however, bib pickup will not be available at any of the start lines. Spectators may not board a shuttle bus to any of the start lines. Spectators may drive themselves and park at a start line only. There will be no shuttle service from any of the start lines to the Wells Junior High School or the finish line. All spectators who wish to cheer on their runners at the finish, must take a shuttle bus from the Wells Junior High School to the finish line area from 7:30 AM to 12:00PM on Saturday, May 4, and from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Sunday, May 5. After the race, The shuttle bus services will provide transportation for runners and spectators to and from the finish line at the Wells Harbor Community Park back to and the Wells Junior High School parking lots. There is no parking at the finish line area. There will be no shuttle service from the finish line area to any of the start lines.

Finish Line Shuttle Bus Info

There will be no parking at the finish line location. A finish line shuttle bus service will be available on Saturday from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and on Sunday from 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM. The service will transport spectators and runners between the finish line and the shuttle bus pickup location. No pets will be allowed on the shuttle buses.
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Elite Runners Perks

If you’ve achieved an exceptionally low finish time at marathon or half marathon in the past 18 months, we have a perk for you! Elite runners who meet the qualifying standards below are eligible for a fully comped entry to this year’s race! To apply for a fully comped entry as an elite athlete, please click the apply today bottom below to submit your application!

Male Elite Runner Qualifying Standards

MARATHON – 2:27 HALF MARATHON – 1:11

Male Masters Qualifying Standards

  • Masters 40-44 – Sub 2:40 Marathon / 1:30 Half
  • Masters 45-49 – Sub 2:48 Marathon / 1:30 Half
  • Masters 50-54 – Sub 2:55 Marathon / 1:30 Half
  • Masters 55-59 – Sub 3:05 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 60-64 – Sub 3:15 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 65-69 – Sub 3:25 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 70-74 – Sub 3:37 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 75-79+ – Sub 3:55 Marathon / 1:55 Half

Female Elite Runner Qualifying Standards

MARATHON – 2:59 HALF MARATHON – 1:25

Female Masters Qualifying Standards

  • Masters 40-44 – Sub 3:00 Marathon / 1:44 Half
  • Masters 45-49 – Sub 3:12 Marathon / 1:44 Half
  • Masters 50-54 – Sub 3:22 Marathon / 1:44 Half
  • Masters 55-59 – Sub 3:40 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 60-64 – Sub 3:58 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 65-69 – Sub 4:15 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 70-74 – Sub 5:00 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 75-79+ – Sub 5:00 Marathon / 2:10 Half
Standards for both the marathon and half marathon must have been run within 18 months of the 2024 race day to qualify. Elite athlete support (travel, lodging, prize money, and/or food assistance) will not be provided by Ventures Endurance. Applications must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the event. Late entries may be accommodated on a case by case basis. If an event sells out and is at capacity, additional elite athlete entries will not be considered. An elite complimentary entry is non transferrable and only applied to the Half Marathon and Marathon distances. Other distances do not qualify.
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The After Party

Wave off the post-run exhaustion at the after party at Wells Harbor Community Park where refreshments and snacks including Rococo ice cream will be waiting for you! Wind down as you enjoy the live band, cornhole, and other family-style games you’re shore to love. Plus, you’ll receive 2 complimentary beers (21+ with ID) from Shipyard Brewing Company!

Lodging

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Awards & Photos

Marathon

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women overall, and the top 3 male and female in the following age groups: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

Half Marathon

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women overall, and the top 3 male and female in the following age groups: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

5K

Awards are given to the top 3 men and women overall, and the top 3 male and female in the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

Ready to Run?

Reserve your spot for the Maine Coast Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K on May 3rd & 4th, 2025 today. Last year the race officially sold out! Register for 2025 ASAP!

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