The 2010 Harvard Pilgrim Maine Coast Half Marathon – New England’s Only All Women’s Half Marathon!
Run with over a thousand other women and experience the most scenic half marathon you will ever run! The race directors of this event are the husband and wife team of Mike and Linda St. Laurent, who together have a total of roughly 60 years running and racing experience. They started this unique event in 2007.
Posted Monday, 25 October, 2010
Get ready to run an amazing half marathon on Sunday, November 7th along York, Maine’s gorgeous coast. The Harvard Pilgrim Maine Coast Half Marathon is a women's only* certified half marathon course that runs along postcard perfect York beaches and through York Harbor. This amazing event is professionally organized by the folks at LOCO Running, and in it's 4th successful year. You are guaranteed an amazing race filled with comraderie with other runners, great prizes and good times. So ladies (and gent), lace up your running shoes and kick your training into high-gear as you will definitely want to run this one-of-a-kind event!
Runners of all levels are welcome and encouraged to run in the supportive atmosphere of this race. You will see highly competitive runners, joggers,walkers and everyone in between. Some women will be running to break a personal record, others to break a course record. Some women will be running their first half marathon, another might be running her 100th. And all athletes, no matter their speed, will have created healthy goals and stuck to an appropriate training routine in order to accomplish them. This half marathon is a terrific goal race to train for, whether you're a novice or a pro. So register early and join us on Sunday, Novmeber 7th, at 10:00 a.m. for an amazing race! http://www.mainecoasthalf.com/
*One Lucky Guy
This is a women's only field with one exception: one special guy is allowed to race with about 1,200 women. The only requirement for the singular male registrant is that he pay $10 to join the lottery for this individual opportunity. All proceeds of the One Lucky Guy Lottery benefit the York High School cross country and track teams, so it really is a great cause. If you are that one guy, lucky and able, you'll get to run with (and probably get beaten by) a lot of women. And you automatically win your division! You will also receive a special “One Lucky Guy” T-shirt and prize, including free race entry. If you - or a special guy you know - love running and are interested in surrounding yourself with powerful women in motion, join the lottery today! http://fs7.formsite.com/ruloco/form946665132/index.html
Out-of-Towners, Make it a Race Weekend Getaway!
Bring your partners, families, friends, or make it a solo adventure, and create a mini vacation for yourself. York, Maine is one of New England’s most scenic places to visit and you can’t see everything in a just a couple hours. So stay the night and make it a weekend trip. Bringing the camera is a must since there is a picturesque shot at every turn. Here are just a few quintessentially Maine things to do while you are visiting: scenic river walks on the York River, the Wiggly Bridge Trail walk with “the world’s smallest suspension bridge,” you can walk or run the many miles of beaches and get some salt-water taffy at Cape Neddick, shop at Stonewall Kitchen’s home outlet, and visit myriad historic colonial architecture such as the Old School House of 1745 or the Emerson-Wilcox House of 1742 (http://www.oldyork.org/buildings/index.html).
There are also plenty of opportunities for great food, including your much-needed carbohydrates on Saturday evening. Go to Foster’s Downeast Clambake for a traditional Maine lunch of lobster, clams and award-winning clam chowder, then for dinner, visit the York Harbor Inn for fine dining with an ocean view! The York Harbor Inn will also be a great place to gather with other runners on Saturday night because they will be serving a pasta entrée fit for athletes, uniquely created for this half marathon event. For traditional Italian, you can always go to Mimmo’s Fine Italian Continental Cuisine, which will fill you up but not take a chunk out of your wallet. There is also Fazio’s Italian Restaurant where you will be treated like family, and fed like it too!
There are plenty of places to stay in York, Maine including the above mentioned York Harbor Inn and plenty of other beach-side inns. There are also cozy bed and breakfasts and cottages available. There are great options that are close to the start and finish lines. Check out the Lodging page for more information and to book your rooms in advance: http://www.mainecoasthalf.com/me09-lodging.htm
This 13.1-mile certified course is a series of three separate loops along the water's edge in York, Maine. You will run in pure New England beauty: waves crashing along the Atlantic shore, a picturesque lighthouse, historic homes, and into the heart of York Harbor.
The start and finish are located at York High School on Long Sands Road, and the first loop is approximately 3.6 miles. You will start by exiting the high school grounds and making a left on Long Sands Road, heading toward the beach. You will then take a left on Weber Road, then another left on Ridge Road. The next left, back onto Long Sands will mark your first 2 miles, and then you will take another left onto Long Beach Avenue to complete the first loop. At this point, you are at the 3 mile marker and on your way toward the second loop.
Loop two is approximately 4 miles. You will continue on Long Beach Ave and go right on Nubble Road (you will pass the 5 mile marker just before the light house). You will go around the Nubble Light (check out the light house to your right!) through a series of roads, which keep you right on the waterfront. After mile 6, you will head inland for a time, by turning right on Church Street, then heading south on Ridge Road. A bit after the 7 mile marker, you will head back down Long Beach and enter your third loop. Long Beach will turn into York Street and at around this point you will be in your 10th mile. Take a right on Axholme Road, left a Woodridge Road, right on Long Sands. Prepare for your strong finish! You will make a left into the the high school where you will finish strong and celebrate with your new running buddies.
The race is professionally timed using the ChronoTrack D-Tag timing chip, which will be included in your race packet. Water and electrolyte stations will be available throughout the race at mile markers 2.5, 5, 7.5, 9.5, and 11.5. For a more detailed course map, visit: http://www.mainecoasthalf.com/me09-coursemap.htm
Kids Activities: One of the very special features to this event is the Kids Activities program, which is sponsored by Run Mom Run (http://www.runmomrunonline.com/). Run Mom Run will have children’s activities set up at the high school including face painting and tattoos, balloons, a clown, hula hoop/dance competition, sand art, and more. There will also be an Inspiration Station where your little one(s) can create a unique poster just to keep you going on the course. Included in the activities are a Toddler Trot and Kids’ Fun Run with awards and healthy refreshments for all. All activities are free of charge and take place at York High School from 11:20 – 1:20. The kids’ races begin at 1:20. Children’s T-shirts will be available for $5.
Harvard Pilgrim Health and Fitness Expo
Come join us at the Health and Fitness Expo, which will be conveniently located at the York High gymnasium. Here you will be able to pick up your race packet and learn about the many exhibitors’ health and fitness products and services. This year, the Expo is organized by Celebrate Pink Events, which caters to women and raises funds for breast cancer awareness. Expect lots of vendors specific to women’s health, fitness, and beauty. Expo hours are: Saturday, November 6th from 12:00-5:00pm, and on race day Sunday, November 7th from 8:00am-9:45am. http://www.mainecoasthalf.com/me09-raceinfo.htm
Awards and Prizes
All finishers will receive a custom finisher’s medal to commemorate the momentous occasion! In addition there will be unique gifts of locally crafted pottery for top runners, and five-year age group awards. The top three walkers and top local finishers from York, Maine will also receive special prizes.
All participants will receive a custom long sleeve technical wicking T-shirt (sized for women, of course).
Run for Charity!
This event accepts and encourages participants to raise money for their charity of choice. If you decided to raise money for a particular charity, please visit the Charity Page for additional information and to fill out a sponsorship form. For more information, please visit: http://www.mainecoasthalf.com/me09-charities.htm
This race is organized by LOCO Running, the organization from New Hampshire that was formed by runners for runners in an effort to contribute, in a meaningful way, to the running community. They are seasoned runners, racers, and race organizers who are concerned with your experience and invested in the running community, and in making this sport really fun. They have successfully organized the Half at the Hamptons, the Smuttynose Brewing Half Marathon and Marathon Rockfest and the Stowe 8 Miler, to name a few. They are truly dedicated to putting on an excellent event and creating enjoyable, scenic and memorable courses. In addition, they are the creators and designers of LOCO running shoes, and they have a large following. To learn more about LOCO Running, visit: http://www.locorunning.com/about.php
The Harvard Pilgrim Maine Coast Half Marathon: http://www.mainecoasthalf.com/ Registration: http://www.mainecoasthalf.com/me09-register.htm
State of Maine Website: http://www.maine.gov/portal/index.php