Sunday, June 15, 2014
A quick update on where runners are coming from. So far we have runners coming from 32 States, 3 Provinces, and 3 countries, and representing a total of 6 different nationalities (7 if we include the Race Director.)
We think the folks from Arizona, Florida, Hawaii and Texas are coming to run somewhere cool, but those from Alaska and Iceland are maybe coming to get warm!
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Come and run with the world’s biggest tides in one of North America's quietest and most scenic corners. No big cities and bright lights, ours is a small, community organized cross border Marathon on the shores of the magnificent Bay of Fundy. Start at the easternmost point in the continental USA at West Quoddy Head. Run across the border into Canada on the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge, under which surge some of the world's biggest tides. Run the entire length of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, to turn at its most northerly point - East Quoddy Head. Then run back to finish on the waterfront in the scenic fishing village of Lubec, Maine. See seals, bald eagles, and sometimes whales, while passing four different lighthouses. Our warm welcome will 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?
Our finishers medals are maritime themed and hand crafted by a local artist, as are our awards - 3 deep for both genders in 10 year age groups for both the marathon and the 10K. Every runner gets a regionally made environmentally friendly technical tee shirt woven from recycled plastic bottles, and you get to collect your swag in genuine lobster bait bags (without the bait!). There's a locally prepared and complimentary (for runners) five star pasta supper with home made deserts and live music by the renowned Machias Ukelele Band on Saturday night in Lubec, or a similar outdoor version at the Herring Cove Provincial Park on Campobello Island.
We are beginner friendly with water stations less than 2 miles (3.2 kms) apart, plus portapotties every 5 miles / 8 kms, and lots of woods. Walkers are welcome. But for experienced runners it's a challenging course with plenty of small hills to catch out the unwary who go out too fast.
There's also plenty to do for family and friends with lighthouses to visit; a craft fair and traditional lobster boil on Saturday; a 5k walk; round town Fun Run; a Finish Line 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).
But don't forget your passport or other travel documentation. Marathoners must be pre-cleared at both borders on Saturday, then on Sunday they get to run through without stopping!