Old Orchard Beach Half Marathon and 5K—Maine's Newest Half Marathon
Old Orchard Beach will have a Half Marathon and 5K too! Get ready for a terrific distance challenge with a great destination running on Saturday, October 11, 2014. It will visit a beautiful beach resort during the quiet of early October. Old Orchard Beach is famous for the summer surf and sand. But it is equally beautiful in the fall with most tourists gone and the ocean views still fabulous. While you're there, explore everything the Maine coast has to offer in the autumn season of color and enjoy crisp, invigorating running near the Atlantic shore.
Posted Saturday, 9 August, 2014
Here comes race number eleven in the 14-race New England Half Marathon Series. This one is new and many are excited about the possibilities provided by an inaugural race on an inspirational course. This fascinating area has about seven miles of beach and a lot of history, beginning with the name. Indeed, the name Old Orchard comes from the actual orchard that was here for over one hundred years after being planted, then abandoned, by one of the early settlers because of fear of attack. The enormous old orchard is gone, but the name remains. And the region is synonymous with fun and is simply a wonderful place to run.
It will start and end at Jimmy the Greek’s Restaurant and Pub at 215 Saco Avenue in Old Orchard Beach, www.jimmythegreeks.com, famous for brick oven pizza among other delectable items. Every runner 21 or older will also be treated to a beer following their triumphant finish.
They offer a scenic and interesting course along with a 5K walk and run, so everyone can get involved. It is also the eleventh 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, Freeport on September 7 being the other.
The Old Orchard Beach Half Marathon provides an excellent opportunity to run a scenic and enjoyable race in a gorgeous location in New England. The event gives all runners a chance to enjoy and explore this intriguing resort area without the crush of tourists so prevalent in summer. The shore is beautiful and the town will be relatively quiet, and gives an entirely different perspective on this southern Maine gem.
Please see the race website for details on everything, including registration: Race Website
Please note the race is on Saturday, October 11. It was initially scheduled for Sunday but has been changed to Saturday.
By car Old Orchard Beach is less than two hours from Boston via Interstate 95, the Maine Turnpike; it’s about 45 minutes from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and well worth the ride.
This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to complete their first half marathon, a distance that is becoming increasingly popular. At Old Orchard Beach, as with each and every New England Half Marathon Tour event, ALL runners are welcome, all paces and levels of experience for this challenging distance.
And best of all, it benefits a designated charity. At least 20% of race proceeds will be given to support the Old Orchard Beach Recreation Department's Youth Sports Programs. 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+. 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 inaugural 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.
Please register by September 28 and save!
This will be a first class event with timing by Yankee Timing Company. 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. And of course that beer will taste great.
The half marathon gets underway on Saturday, October 11, at 9:00 a.m. The 5K blasts off at 9:15 a.m. The start is immediately adjacent to Jimmy the Greek’s Restaurant on Saco Avenue. This will also be the finish area for both races.
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
This is a town of about 8,700 residents originally settled in the mid 1600’s as a farming community, known early on as the “Garden by the Sea”. It is just south of Portland and was known as a resort community going way back to the mid 1800’s when large scale hotels were built, although most of these grand hotels were destroyed in the fire of 1907.
It was famous for its large piers, the first large on built of steel and was 1,825 feet long—at the time the largest steel pier in the world, with ballrooms and restaurants. Big name entertainment was common in this luxurious setting, including such headliners as Guy Lombardo, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Xavier Cugat and Frank Sinatra. The Casino Ballroom could hold 5,000 and was a huge attraction. At the same time it was one of the best amusement parks on the east coast.
Several times the piers have been destroyed by storms.
Today’s pier, the fourth iteration built in 1980 after the previous one was wrecked in the Blizzard of ’78, is built of wood and is about 500 feet long. It includes many shops and snack shacks as well as a night club. And the amusement park is still going, although changed greatly over time. It has a new and advanced Ferris wheel. However, the primary attraction remains the beach—and it is beautiful.
There are many shops, hotels and restaurants in town and nearby.
New England Half Marathon Tour 2014
Old Orchard Beach is the eleventh race in the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014. It is a great addition to the other Maine event, the Freeport Half Marathon (September 7), which 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 and other mountain vistas or waterfront locations such as Colt State Park in Rhode Island or 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. Check out the listings at: http://www.nehalfmarathontour.com/
3-C Race Productions
This company produces dozens of races, including the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon, Catamount Half Marathon, Fall River Half Marathon, 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: http://www.3craceproductions.com/
Distance Races and Terrific Destinations Make for a Great Outing
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 events 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.
Set those goals, get your training in, and set your sights on the Old Orchard Beach Half Marathon on Saturday, October 11. Be there and see what all the excitement is about. Be a part of this first-time happening and help make history. You wanted to do a fall half marathon; well, this is it!