The Harvard Pilgrim Women’s Maine Coast Half Marathon (5K too) -- Stunning Autumn Views Along the Maine Coast
Harvard Pilgrim and LOCO Sports welcome you to this popular autumn must-run event at York, Maine on Sunday, November 8, 2009. The Maine Coast Half Marathon is New England’s only all-women half marathon. But there is plenty of equal opportunity here! Significant others, kids and runners of either gender can run the Significant Other 5K that starts just prior to the main event.
Posted Monday, 5 October, 2009
Hundreds of women will enjoy beautiful coastal views, great food and prizes, long sleeve technical wicking T-shirts (sized for women), finisher’s medals and a post-race event featuring Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. This is an all women’s race, with one lucky guy who is chosen by lottery. Professionally timed by Granite State Race Services using the D-Tag system, and terrifically organized by LOCO Running, the field of over 800 runners and walkers will enjoy this unique and successful race, now in its third year. It just keeps getting better, thanks to Mike and Linda St. Laurent, the trailblazing race directing duo, who bring the kind of race know how and expertise that only years of experience can bring.
Their meticulous attention to detail, along with their tireless efforts to improve their races each year, has contributed to this successful half marathon that is an unforgettable experience for women athletes of all abilities. The course is certified, accurate and well marked with a number of water stops along the way. From start to finish, all aspects of the race are carefully planned with for women runners--from specially sized women’s long sleeve technical wicking T-shirts to custom finisher’s medals and everything in between. You can count on a one of a kind race experience, tailor made with you in mind.
The race is further distinguished by its unique “One Lucky Guy” division. One male runner will be chosen by random lottery to participate in the race. Now that is truly one lucky guy!
To insure that everyone can participate, the Significant Other 5K will get under way 10 minutes before the half marathon, using the same first two miles of the course before splitting off for a pleasant loop back to the finish.
Like all half marathons, the Maine Coast Half Marathon is 13.1 miles. What sets it apart is that every inch of the course is filled with the unique exhilaration that only an all women’s running event can deliver. Past Maine Coast Half Marathon participants agree that the camaraderie and spirit of friendship and fun is incomparable. The race atmosphere is absolutely charged with good vibes and excitement that are the result of women joining together to celebrate health and fitness and to achieve their personal running and walking goals. You owe it to yourself to experience this remarkable phenomenon whether you are a novice or veteran. Walkers are welcome to get in on the action too. The fun, friendly feeling of the race with its emphasis on women’s fitness makes it the ideal race for a first time half marathon runner/walker. You will find yourself in good company with lots of support along the course.
The 2009 race has been scheduled later than in previous years, moving to November 8 to create breathing room in the dense New England fall race schedule. This date also allows ample time to train in cool and crisp autumn temperatures.
It is unlikely that you will need more inspiration than the camaraderie and friendly atmosphere provide. But just in case you need an extra boost, all you will have to do is set your sights on a course that is jammed packed with the kind of scenic beauty that is quintessentially New England–waves crashing along the Atlantic shore, a picturesque lighthouse, historic homes, brilliant sky, and more. Currently, the course is being revised slightly due to the closing of the York Harbor Bridge to all traffic. However, the 2009 course will follow very closely to last year’s course, starting and ending at York High School. It includes flat sections along the beach as well as moderately hilly rural sections. One thing is for certain, it will have plenty of breathtaking beauty, a feast for your eyes as well as your spirit. Please check the race website for updated information on the course http://www.locorunning.com/mainecoasthalf.html
One Lucky Guy
Do you know a guy whose life could use a little spicing up? What better way to do just that—running with hundreds of women. Encourage the male runners in your life to enter the lottery to be the lucky guy who gets to run with over 800 women. Only one randomly selected male lottery entry will be selected and allowed to register for the 2009 race, and it could be someone you know! The lucky guy will get his share of coveted honors including a special “One Lucky Guy” T-shirt and prize, plus free race entry. He will be the overall male winner, of course, not to mention earning bragging rights that are unparalleled. Just ask Reade Brower of Camden, Maine, last year’s “One Lucky Guy” recipient, who had a brilliant time as the sole male runner. All net proceeds from the lottery go to the York X-C and track team. What a great way to have fun while supporting a good cause.
No one goes home empty handed; all half marathon finishers will receive a custom finisher’s medal to commemorate the momentous occasion. In addition there will be prizes for the top runners and five-year age group awards. The top three walkers and top local finishers from York, Maine will also receive prizes. The 5K awards will be for the top three male and female finishers and the top three master’s finishers. Go to http://www.coolrunning.com/results/08/me/Sep21_MaineC_set1.shtml to check out results from last year.
One of the highlights of this year’s race will be a special appearance by Kathrine Switzer, who is best known for single handedly changing the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon. A celebrated high priestess of women’s running, she ran in 35 marathons, won the 1974 New York City Marathon, and was a leader in the fight to get the women’s marathon into the Olympic Games. She is now a television commentator as well as the author of Running and Walking for Women Over 40. Her latest book, Marathon Woman, is now out in a new paperback edition.
This is another great race by the folks at LOCO. LOCO sports was founded in New Hampshire by runners just like you who believe that runners deserve a company wholly dedicated to the sport of running and the running community. The folks at LOCO have a solid history of successful race management. Their races include the Great Bay Half Marathon, Stow Eight Miler, the “Will Run for Beer” Series, the Half at the Hamptons, and the famous Rockfest Half Marathon.
They are also experienced in developing running shoes with over 35 years of hands on expertise. This has lead to the creation of some excellent running shoes with a loyal following. For more information about LOCO Running please visit www.locorunning.com
Race participants are encouraged to use this event to raise money for their favorite charity. LOCO will provide special prizes for those who raise money for designated charities. In order to be eligible for prizes for raising money, you must first register to designate a charity. This will be a target race of Moms in Motion, a Global Social Network connecting Moms through Fitness (more information and links on the race Website).
There are so many great reasons to put this women’s half marathon event and associated 5K on your calendar. The Maine Coast Half Marathon has it all: beautiful scenic course, top notch race organization, unique spirit and camaraderie of women’s running, plenty of awards, prizes and good times.
Check the race website http://www.locorunning.com/mainecoasthalf.html for details including registration information, lodging options and directions.