Freeport Half Marathon and 5K in a Unique Coastal Maine Village Known the World Over
Freeport, Maine has a 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 many reasons--History, character, L.L. Bean and numerous outlets. While you're there, stay and play, enjoy cultural and recreational activities, and explore everything the Maine coast has to offer.
Posted Thursday, 7 August, 2014
This half marathon and 5K offers the chance to race, shop and visit at one of the nicest spots in New England, just north of Portland, Maine, itself a world class tourist destination. The Freeport Half Marathon will run Sunday, September 7, 2014.
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 a scenic and interesting course along with a 5K walk and run, so everyone can get involved. It is also the tenth half marathon in the 2014 New England Half Marathon Tour established by 3C Race Productions. It is one of two Tour events in Maine this year, Old Orchard Beach on October 12 being the other. 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, which has so much to offer for many types of interests.
Please see the race website for details: Race Website
They will have everything covered in preparation for this event with an outstanding course. One of Freeport’s most famous and beloved residents, Olympic Champion 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 has been 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. The Freeport Station is right in the center of the primary shopping areas and only two blocks from the race start-finish. Check out the famous Downeaster at: AMTRAK Downeaster
By car Freeport is only two hours from Boston via Interstate 95, the Maine Turnpike and I-295; one hour from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and well worth the ride. If you have the week off-before or after the race, go international and consider a cruise on the new Nova Star Cruise Ferry, which is more like a cruise ship with all the amenities; it just started regular service between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia with easy transfer on to Halifax. You can go "public" via the Downeaster, or you can take your car. Either way this is a real winner.
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. Race Website
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: Race Website
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 24 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.
The half marathon gets underway on Sunday, September 7, 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 Expect in Freeport, Maine
The half marathon is a moderately challenging, scenic two-loop course. 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 settled in 1700 as a part of Falmouth. It is just north of Portland and was originally a mill town and a ship building center. It was also a large shipping port for timber, especially 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 several closely located villages: Mast Landing, Porter’s Landing, South Freeport, and Freeport Corner (the commercial center now). Many locations are on the National Register. Freeport Town Website or Freeport USA
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, hotels and restaurants in town and nearby.
New England Half Marathon Tour 2014
Freeport is the tenth race in the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014. It is becoming very popular. The New England Half Marathon Tour 2014 includes 14 events held in seven states. Each has both a half marathon and a 5K so that all attendees have an event to their liking.
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 2015. You will want to enjoy one or more of the half marathons in the New England Half Marathon Tour. New England Half Marathon Tour Website
3C Race Productions
This company produces dozens of races, including the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon, Catamount Half Marathon, Fall River Half Marathon, the Colt State Park and others in the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014 as outlined above and many more. This is a full service 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/donations for many non-profits totaling about 1.5 million dollars for a variety of charities.
Please visit their website for information on the full race schedule, directions, recent news, opportunities, results, photos, videos and more: 3C Race Productions Web
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 low key, enjoyable and well-organized races 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 not to miss, so register now. It is really exciting, especially when you know it is bound to be a true classic on the New England running calendar this year and beyond. This event 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 and registration please go to: Race Website