Sunday, June 28, 2015
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West Quoddy Head, Lubec, Maine to East Quoddy Head, Campobello Island, New Brunswick
“the pure essence of what a marathon should be”
“awesome organization, beautiful course, small friendly town, breath-taking nature and scenery”
“this race ranks right up there with the mega-runs in my book”
“the medal is hand crafted and very special – beautiful scallop shells - closer to jewelry than the usual medal”
“awesome pottery for winners”.
“even the border agents were cheering us on”
“you will never forget this place.”
Run with the world’s biggest tides on the shores of the magnificent Bay of Fundy - one of North America's quietest but most scenic corners. We are a small (each of the three races - marathon, half marathon and 10K - are capped at 350 runners in each) two country event organized jointly by the communities of Campobello Island, Canada and Lubec, USA. No "for profit" event management companies, big cities, or bright lights, just community volunteers (including a number of experienced and accomplished marathoners and race directors), scenic fishing villages and lighthouses, plus seals, bald eagles, and sometimes whales. No cheap bling either. Our maritime themed pewter finisher's medals and ceramic awards are all handcrafted by local artists. The goody bags are genuine lobster bait bags. Our technical tee shirts are regionally made, woven from recycled plastic bottles, and make great race shirts that are increasingly seen crossing the finish line at major marathons such as Chicago and New York. Our courses are certified in both Canada (Athletics Canada/Run Canada) and the USA (USATF). We are an official Boston Qualifier. And our one concession to commercialism - we use an electronic bib chip timing company.
All our courses start at West Quoddy Head, the most easterly point in the continental USA, and the full and half marathons cross the border and traverse either all or part of Campobello Island, Canada and then return to finish in Lubec, USA. The marathon course is challenging with many short sharp hills - the total elevation gain is 2,400 feet / 730 metres, though never gets more than 200 feet / 60 metres above sea level. The half marathon offers fewer hills and some additional scenic attractions. The 10K is fast and flat for the most part, but has a few small hills and sharp turns in the last 2 kms.
All courses are beginner friendly with water stations less than 2 miles / 3.2 kms apart, plus portapotties every 5 miles / 8 kms. Walkers are welcome. The course is scenic with forest, fishing villages, enthusiastic community support, and some beautiful ocean and island views. Our warm welcome will also make up for the cool sea breezes from the Bay of Fundy and Labrador current - average race day temperatures are 10-20 degrees Celsius / 50- 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and where else can you enjoy lobster, clams, or salmon on a stick at the Finish line?
There's also plenty to do for family and friends with: an expo, craft fair and traditional lobster boil on Saturday; a round town Fun Run and all day street fair on Sunday; US President Franklin D. Roosevelt's summer home where you can have "Tea with Eleanor"; whale watching cruises; wild Bold Coast trails overlooking the boiling Atlantic swells; or gentler walks in the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park, Quoddy Head State Park, Herring Cove Provincial Park, and others. And of course, visit the lighthouses, including Head Harbour light at the northernmost tip of Campobello Island (turning point for the marathon), and the candy-striped West Quoddy Head light at the most easterly point in the continental USA (starting point for the marathon). In 2015 you can even run the race on Sunday and then stay for local Canada Day and 4th July celebrations on the Wednesday and Saturday following.
But don't forget your passports or other travel documentation. Marathoners and half marathoners must be pre-cleared 2 weeks in advance and then check-in at both borders on Saturday. The good news is that you then get to run through both borders on Sunday without stopping and with the border agents cheering you on!
As a two country event we maintain