The Freeport Half Marathon and 5K in Famous Freeport, Maine is Back
Freeport, Maine has a new Half Marathon and 5K too. If you are looking for a running challenge with a terrific destination, one that will make for a very enjoyable outing and define your personal best, then race in Freeport. It is famous for a reason--L.L. Bean and numerous outlets--and this event offers the chance to race, shop and visit at one of the nicest spots in New England, just north of Portland. Freeport HM will run Sunday, September 8, 2013.
Posted Wednesday, 14 August, 2013
This event in Freeport, probably the most well known “retail outlet” town in America, will be an outstanding race, and one that celebrates running and the running lifestyle. They offer an outstanding course along with a 5K walk and run, so everyone can get involved. It is also the fifth half marathon in the 2013 New England Half Marathon Tour established by 3C Race Productions, and the only one in Maine this year, although there are plans for expansion in 2014. The Freeport Half Marathon provides an excellent opportunity to run a challenging, scenic and enjoyable race, and a chance to enjoy and explore Freeport and the southern Maine coastal area.
This race is under new management—or rather, it is a new organization that created a half marathon in Freeport. This organization is not related to the previous organization that administered the ill-fated Freeport Half of 2011 and 2012. However, in the sprit of sportsmanship and fair play they are offering this race at half off the registration fee if runners had registered for the 2012 Freeport Half. Please see the race website for details:
They will have everything covered in preparation for this event with an outstanding course. One of Freeport’s most famous and beloved residents, Joan Benoit Samuelson, logs hundreds of miles in training along these same byways. And this race is easy to get to; just 12 miles north of Portland on Interstate 295 and now accessible by Amtrak on the legendary Downeaster, which was recently extended north of Portland to Freeport and Brunswick. This makes for a uniquely interesting and convenient race option out of Boston (North Station), for example. By car Freeport is only two hours from Boston via Interstate 95, the Maine Turnpike and I295; one hour from Portsmouth.
This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to complete their first half marathon, a distance that is becoming increasingly popular. At Freeport ALL runners are welcome, all paces and levels of experience for this challenging distance. http://www.freeporthalfmarathon.com/index.htm
And best of all, it benefits designated charities. At least 20% of race proceeds will be given to the Freeport Education Foundation along with Freeport Community Services. Yes, this event becomes a community service project that is working to promote a healthy, running lifestyle for young and old alike.
Rewarding and Memorable
The half marathon and 5K both have 10-year age groups through 70+, and overall winners and age group winners will receive unique commemorative pint glasses as awards. Additionally, all half marathon finishers will receive an attractive custom medal for completing the course. And all pre-registered half marathon participants will get custom technical T-shirts, and 5K runners will get colorful cotton T’s, a nice touch to remember this event. Additionally, all participants receive a make-your-own goodie bag, unique to 3C Race Productions events. Please visit the race website for details: http://www.freeporthalfmarathon.com/
3-C Race Productions says Get Ready to Run
The running lifestyle and the integrity of the sport are key elements for this organization, led by Race Director and 3C Race Productions President Michael Amarello. Check in with him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach him by phone at 603-429-8879. Visit the race website for information on all things associated with the event: Sponsorship, volunteering, participation, registration, pickup, race descriptions, course map, timing, contacts, directions and parking, and more.
Do register before August 25 and save.
This will be a first class event with B-tag timing by Yankee Timing Company using the state-of-the-art Chronotrack system with the chip built into the race bib. The bib number is yours to keep. There will be six fluid stations along the course, with an enjoyable post race celebration with fresh fruit and pastries and other refreshments to celebrate your accomplishment. You can pick up your B-tag bib and race packet on race morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. in the Freeport USA parking lot. Packet pickup will also be available the day before the race on Saturday, September 7 from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freport - the host hotel for the race.
The half marathon gets underway on Sunday, September 8, at 9:00 a.m. The 5K blasts off at 9:15 a.m. The start is immediately adjacent to the Freeport USA parking area—specifically on Bow Street opposite Park Street. This will also be the finish area for both races.
Nice Course—as you would Expect in Freeport, Maine
The half marathon is a moderately challenging, scenic double loop. It begins with a sprint down Bow Street and out past the Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary to Flying Point Road, where the 10-mile counter-clockwise loop begins heading southeast on Flying Point Road toward the water, and along Flying Point before turning northeast, continuing on Flying Point Road parallel to the Goose Cove/Casco Bay shore and proceeding into neighboring Brunswick. In Brunswick there will be a left turn toward the northwest on Highland Road followed by another left on Pleasant Hill Road back into Freeport and a return to Bow Street. There is a smaller two-mile clockwise loop to the finish including Lower Mast Landing Road and South Street.
You will be “flying” for the six-mile stretch along Flying Point, running at a “high” level traversing the two miles of Highland Road, and enjoying three very “pleasant” miles on Pleasant Hill Road.
The 5K begins and ends at the same location as the half marathon and travels essentially the smaller clockwise loop near the center of town. Please see the Race Website for excellent course maps.
Freeport is a town of about 8,000 residents and was settled in 1700 as a part of Falmouth. It is located just north of Portland and was originally both a mill town and a ship building center. It was also a large shipping port for timber, especially the large pines used as masts so essential to the British Navy of the 1700’s (thus Mast Landing). It became known as Freeport since the harbor usually remained free of ice. It was initially made up of several closely located villages: Mast Landing, Porter’s Landing, South Freeport, and Freeport Corner (which is where the commercial center is now). Many locations are on the National Register.
Shipbuilding thrived because of the readily available timber, and mills of many kinds prospered, taking power from the dammed Harraseeket River (Harraseeket was also an early name for the growing town).
In addition to shopping and the many outlets featuring the world famous L.L. Bean, there are also the above mentioned Mast Landing Audubon Preserve, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, the Freeport Historical Society, and the unique and unexpected Desert of Maine, a 40-acre anomaly of dunes of glacial silt devoid of vegetation.
There are many shops and restaurants in town and nearby.
New England Half Marathon Tour 2013
Freeport is the fifth race in the New England Half Marathon Tour 2013. It is new this year and becoming very popular. The New England Half Marathon Tour 2013 includes eight excellent events held in six states. Each has both a half marathon and a 5K so that all attendees have an event to their liking. Races for this year began with the Lime Rock Half Marathon in Lakeville, Connecticut (June 9, 2013), followed by the Killington Half Marathon in Vermont (June 16). It continued with the Holyoke Twin Reservoirs Half Marathon (July 21), followed by the upcoming Black Bear Half Marathon on August 25 in Waterville Valley, NH. The fifth event is Freeport on the second Sunday in September; followed by the Fall River Half Marathon (MA, 10/20/13), Colt State Park HM (RI, 11/10/13), and Wolf Hollow Half Marathon (Nashua, New Hampshire, 11/24/13).
They have chosen unique and unexpected venues for half marathon and 5K runners, offering experiences that are varied and fun, for example, Fall River and Battleship Cove, or the incomparable Waterville Valley, or this one--Freeport, Maine with L.L. Bean.
Several new half marathons are planned to expand the circuit for 2014, including Narragansett (RI), Old Orchard Beach (ME), Speedway (NH), Boothbay Harbor, (ME), Moose on the Loose (NH), and Saratoga Springs (NY). You will want to enjoy one or more of the half marathons in the New England Half Marathon Tour. http://www.nehalfmarathontour.com/
3C Race Productions
This company produces dozens of races, including the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon, Freeport Half Marathon, Fall River Half Marathon, and the Moose on the Loose 10-mile trail run and the New England Half Marathon Tour 2013 as outlined above. This is a full service and very professional organization that manages and produces events all over New England and sometimes beyond—over 125 events per year, including road races, trail races, triathlons, biathlons and snow shoe competitions. Founded in 2002, this company has helped provide funds and donations for many non-profits totaling about 1.5 million dollars for a variety of charities thus far.
Please visit their website for information on the full race schedule, directions, recent news, opportunities, results, photos, videos and more: http://www.3craceproductions.com/
The Place to Be, and Lots to Do and See
It is wonderful for the sport and a big advantage for participants to experience events where elite runners as well as inexperienced new runners can compete at the same time on the same course. These races have introduced many new runners to long distance races in a low key, enjoyable and well-organized race in a variety of scenic and interesting locations. All can participate, either in the half or the 5K—walkers are welcome and they will experience a race venue and the excitement of road racing, perhaps for the first time.
This is truly an event and location you will not want to miss, so register now. It is really exciting to participate, especially when you know it is bound to be a true classic and important date on the New England running calendar this year and beyond. This event itself is paying it forward for all, the running community and the community at large.
The Freeport Half Marathon--and 5K--will run in the historic and famous Maine town of Freeport, Maine. Be there and see what all the buzz is about. For more information or to register, please go to: http://www.freeporthalfmarathon.com/