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Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '17

This is definitely one of my top five favorite races of all time (50+ marathons). MDI is beautiful. The race is small and easy to navigate. The start was right … MORE

This is definitely one of my top five favorite races of all time (50+ marathons). MDI is beautiful. The race is small and easy to navigate. The start was right outside our hotel (Bar Harbor Villager – cheap rates!). I literally had 50 steps from hotel to start! My husband followed the spectator guide and was able to see me at several areas along the course. He enjoyed driving around the island and seeing all the quaint little villages and areas. The course is not difficult (hilly – but not difficult).
Take a few extra days and visit Acadia National Park.

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3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
3

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Make this event a family vacation. Enjoy Acadia National Park. Great tranquil and peaceful views on a moderately difficult rolling hills course. Absolutely loved the route. MORE

Make this event a family vacation. Enjoy Acadia National Park. Great tranquil and peaceful views on a moderately difficult rolling hills course. Absolutely loved the route.

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4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
2

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RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '15

MDI is one of those races that I always think of immediately when someone asks "what's your favorite marathon?" It's just a standout for so many reasons, some of which … MORE

MDI is one of those races that I always think of immediately when someone asks “what’s your favorite marathon?” It’s just a standout for so many reasons, some of which are below:

It’s in Maine. I’d never been before this race, but I hope to go back. Maine in October is beautiful. I took so many pictures of the changing leaves, it’s a little ridiculous. There’s also great food in Bar Harbor, and it’s a nice drive from the airport in Bangor.

Lots to do. Bar Harbor closes down the week after the marathon, for the most part, and you get there just after the majority of tourists have left, which is nice. I stayed in a B&B right around the corner from the start, so walking distance to everything (and when I say walking distance, it was like 50 feet from the green in the center of town). Good restaurants and things to walk around and see, little touristy things, nice paths, and great views. I recommend you do a Maine foodie tour if you want to sample the local fare. Lobster rolls, blueberry-everything, crab cakes…yum.

The start was casual, because it’s not a HUGE race. I was able to walk out of the B&B a few minutes beforehand which meant my own bathroom up until the gun went off!

The weather: lucked out last year. It was crisp, cold, and sunny with blue skies. This made for comfortable running and great views.

The course: Absolutely nothing like it. It is challenging, with pretty much hill after hill. By the end, my legs were pretty sore! But the views were rewarding. The leaves were changing, you run along gorgeous shoreline, and you pass the famous tree. I ran with my phone and snapped quick photos along the way just because it was so pretty. If you can train on hills, it will help. I ran Chicago the weekend prior (flat as a pancake) and my MDI time was 7 minutes faster, so don’t be scared.

Did I mention the views?

The medal: it’s a big golden lobster claw. What’s not to love about that?! I gave the SWAG four stars only because the marathon shirt was bright pink, not my favorite. But the medal made up for it!

My husband was with me and met me at the finish, and there is a drive back to the start/Bar Harbor. There were probably shuttles but I didn’t investigate since I had a ride. Easy drive back though.

Overall: I loved MDI. It’s so well organized and executed. Some of the best scenery and great small town support. Everyone was friendly and enthusiastic, and very excited about the marathon. There was great food and drink, a local vibe that was really fun, and of course, beautiful fall weather and foliage. Highly recommend MDI!! Oh, and if they’re auctioning/selling race banners, it’s a nice keepsake. I got one and it’s hanging on my wall.

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4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4
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ajnov5 REPEAT RUNNER '16

What is there NOT to like about this Race? Absolutely beautiful course. Terrific finishers medal! Great post race swag, and did I mention the scenery! Stayed in southwest Harbor, at … MORE

What is there NOT to like about this Race? Absolutely beautiful course. Terrific finishers medal! Great post race swag, and did I mention the scenery! Stayed in southwest Harbor, at a rental house, Steps away from the marathon Finish line. Why am not the easiest race, logistically, to get to, it is well worth it.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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dmpg1127 REPEAT RUNNER '17

This is a very well run race. Great organization, great fast & mostly flat course and the post race activities are above average. The first 10 miles are totally flat … MORE

This is a very well run race. Great organization, great fast & mostly flat course and the post race activities are above average. The first 10 miles are totally flat and run in a park/preserve area and the final 3.1 miles ate along the Gulf road with a very gradual incline. Be aware that at that time of the year the winds in the last 3 miles can be strong.

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2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

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