Sunday, June 28, 2015
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Come and 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. Ours is a small, not-for-profit event organized entirely by the communities of Campobello Island, Canada and Lubec, USA. No big cities and bright lights, just scenic fishing villages and lighthouses, plus seals, bald eagles, and sometimes whales. No cheap bling either, just maritime themed pewter finisher's medals and ceramic awards handcrafted by local artists. Even the tee shirts are regionally made, woven from recycled plastic bottles, and the goody bags are genuine lobster bait bags (unused!). But we are also serious about our running. We are an official Boston Qualifier. Our courses are certified in both Canada (Athletics Canada/Run Canada) and the USA (USATF), and we use electronic bib chip timing.
While the marathon course is challenging (total elevation gain is 2,400 feet / 730 metres - all without going more than 200 feet / 60 metres above sea level!) we are beginner friendly. We have water stations less than 2 miles / 3.2 kms apart, plus portapotties every 5 miles / 8 kms, and lots of lovely woods! Walkers are welcome. The course is scenic with woods, scenic fishing villages, 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).
But don't forget your passport or other travel documentation. Marathoners must be pre-cleared 2 weeks in advance and then check-in at both borders on Saturday. The good news is that they then get to run through both borders on Sunday without stopping and with the border agents cheering them on!
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