Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
4.7
(6 Ratings)(6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
3.8
A unique race for the discerning runner: run across the Canada-USA border without stopping; no crowds or traffic lights; no more than 350 runners in each event; beautiful scenery and the world’s biggest tides; bald eagles, seals, sometimes whales seen from the course; medals and awards handcrafted by local artists; … MORE
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    Llewella FIRST-TIMER '16

    This race is amazing. Just the scenery. Takes your breath away! I was suppose to do the marathon, but a stress fracture made me switch to the half... and I … MORE

    This race is amazing. Just the scenery. Takes your breath away! I was suppose to do the marathon, but a stress fracture made me switch to the half… and I walked. Having done half the course, I was relieved I switched! This it the rocky New England coast. Beautiful, but steep and hilly. The people that work the race are so, so nice! It is like a family. Running over that bridge, back into Maine, seeing the light houses, the lupines in bloom, the fishing boats, tides, gulls, even whales in the distance. It should be a required race!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    iank FIRST-TIMER '19

    As the name suggests, the novelty aspect here is starting in one country and ending in another. It requires a bit more planning that just rolling up to the start … MORE

    As the name suggests, the novelty aspect here is starting in one country and ending in another. It requires a bit more planning that just rolling up to the start line on the morning of the race. You need to present your race bid to both the American and Canadian border agents the day before so that on race day you can just run across the border without stopping! How fun is that? I got a laugh from the Canadians for yelling “Nothing to declare!” as I ran past them. The lobster supper the night before was a real treat. Some people will possibly complain about the hills, but they’re probably just folks who train on treadmills. It was a sea-level to sea-level run, so it’s hard to complain about a few rollers. Plan ahead for accommodation or you might be camping in the forest.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    alaskey FIRST-TIMER '19

    I ran this one as a back to back with Portland, ME because I wanted to get New Brunswick. It is definitely off the beaten path and if you choose … MORE

    I ran this one as a back to back with Portland, ME because I wanted to get New Brunswick. It is definitely off the beaten path and if you choose to do this one, PLAN AHEAD for housing! Look at VRBOs all over (we stayed in Whiting) or look on Campobello Island. Don’t wait, there is nothing in this area at all. You MUST do packet pickup by a deadline on Saturday night since you have to cross over to Canada to get your bib, then check in with US Border Patrol on the way back in for a sticker. Without this, you aren’t allowed to cross the next day. We had the lobster dinner (on the Canada side) for $22 you get a whole lobster, spaghetti, potato salad, cole slaw and dessert. Super good food CHEAP, and there isn’t really a lot of choices around anyway! Expo is very, very small but the volunteers are locals and so friendly. Next AM, buses leave 5:30A-7A (Eastern Time, be aware, Canada is on Atlantic time and your phone can randomly switch towers so figure out how to turn that off before you go), from Lubec. At the border, the Canadian Border patrol takes your customs declaration and you go to the start. It’s beautiful—and chilly. The race starts old fashioned (no starting mat, time is gun time for start, chip for finish). You run out to the point and then turn back and run the coast. Apparently some years they have seen whales and eagles. The people along the course are super friendly (Santa is at mile 3ish—not kidding), and everyone waves and if they can see your bib name, they call you by it. The course is HILLY. And I mean HILLY. Be prepared. I was running a back to back so had no extra to give but it was worth it, the scenery was nice to look at. You flip mile 12 before the visitor center where you got your bib and then brace for the final hill climb to the bridge and then up and over. You go through Canadian customs where they will give you high fives, then power over the bridge (wind whips through there) and then through US Customs where they too give high fives. Round the corner and turn on the burners for the finish under the lobster traps. Results are posted on paper and there are custom, hand made medals and hand made prizes by the same artist for AG. Age groups are 10 years, not 5. Excellent food—Dunkin Donuts, chocolate milk, Greek yogurt with Maine Blueberries, ice cream, bagels with cream cheese or peanut butter…the volunteers were awesome. Really great people. Totally worth it, would do it again.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    bjrobinette FIRST-TIMER '18

    The towns are small towns but the people are extremely friendly and supportive. One bar owner told me this race is their biggest tourist event of the year. Finding a … MORE

    The towns are small towns but the people are extremely friendly and supportive. One bar owner told me this race is their biggest tourist event of the year. Finding a room may be a problem if you don’t book one early. The pasta and lobster prerace meal was great and we had a great time talking to all the different runners from all the different states. The Bay of Fundy itself is awesome and there are a couple of really neat lighthouses nearby. You are within a few hours drive of Acadia National Park, Hopewell Rocks, Saint John, NB and more. Was a great choice for a vacation race. I was extremely glad I chose this for my Maine race even though almost the entire half is in Canada (the finish is in Lubec, ME right after you cross the border). You will need a passport or passport card for the race though. Border guards from both countries were nice and helpful.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    M_Sohaskey Aug 01, 2018 at 1:49am

    Bay of Fundy sounds like quintessential Maine, and isn't having the chance to run in places like Lubec the reason we 50 Staters do what we do? :) Sounds like… MORE

    Bay of Fundy sounds like quintessential Maine, and isn't having the chance to run in places like Lubec the reason we 50 Staters do what we do? :) Sounds like a great excuse to visit New Brunswick as well. Thanks for your helpful review Bill, and congrats on coloring Maine orange on your 50 States Map! (BTW, I see you're a fan of the Kentucky Derby Festival, but if you ever have the chance to run Hatfield McCoy out in Eastern KY — maybe as your WV race? — I'd highly recommend it.) LESS

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    bjrobinette Aug 01, 2018 at 4:13am

    Yes, the Hatfield/McCoy is going to be my WV race. I was originally planning on it this year until I opted for Bay of Fundy. Alaska next June, so Hatfield/McCoy… MORE

    Yes, the Hatfield/McCoy is going to be my WV race. I was originally planning on it this year until I opted for Bay of Fundy. Alaska next June, so Hatfield/McCoy will be in 2 years. And the KDF is the big hometown race LESS

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    M_Sohaskey Aug 01, 2018 at 11:38am

    Love that you've planned into next summer, Bill... Alaska is an amazing place if you haven't visited, so that should be a fun trip. And I'm hoping to make it… MORE

    Love that you've planned into next summer, Bill... Alaska is an amazing place if you haven't visited, so that should be a fun trip. And I'm hoping to make it back to KY soon for the Derby Festival Marathon, since we had a great time in our first visit to Louisville. Keep running strong, and I look forward to following your progress! LESS

    rma2001 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is a really good small race in Maine. The town is inviting and there are a couple days worth of stuff to do. If you do this race get … MORE

    This is a really good small race in Maine. The town is inviting and there are a couple days worth of stuff to do. If you do this race get a hotel or house ASAP. The expo is very small. Be sure you don’t need to pick up and nutrition or anything else there because you likely won’t find it. You pick up your swag in Lubec and then the bib in Canada so you can get cleared by the border agents on both side. You could walk from the US to Canadian sites but a drive is much nicer. Take time to visit the Roosevelt Campobello Park when you are in Canada.
    The race was easy to get from the school to marathon start and didn’t have any trouble finding a port-o-potty before. Walk down to the lighthouse and relax and warm up. Then get ready for hills. Lots and lots of them. Never really super long or super steep but every step was up or downhill it seemed.
    The medal was unique as they are all hand made. Be sure you don’t hang it next to Little Rock though 😉
    The swag was ok for what I normally keep from a race after throwing away all the paper ads. A poster (in a tube which was nice for traveling) a long sleeve tech shirt and a medal.
    I would recommend this race if you don’t need a big crowd to get you going. And you can train for hills…

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    M_Sohaskey Jul 14, 2018 at 12:23am

    Thanks for the excellent review, Ryan! And so true about the Little Rock medal, your comment made me laugh out loud. I've yet to run in Maine, so I really… MORE

    Thanks for the excellent review, Ryan! And so true about the Little Rock medal, your comment made me laugh out loud. I've yet to run in Maine, so I really appreciate hearing about your experience at Bay of Fundy. And I'm a sucker for hills, which makes this even more appealing. We'll be in Jackson Hole this Labor Day weekend as well, so hope we have a chance to meet there! I'll be the "sea-level sissy" wheezing at altitude... :) LESS

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    omnirunner FIRST-TIMER '14

    Lubec is a long drive to Eastern Maine. Register early for this race and immediately book a hotel or motel room. There just aren't that many lodging options Down East. … MORE

    Lubec is a long drive to Eastern Maine. Register early for this race and immediately book a hotel or motel room. There just aren’t that many lodging options Down East.
    Bring your passport because you will need it to register with Customs before the race.
    The pre-race dinner is worth it. This is a small race so you will get to see most of the runners several times and dinner is a great way to get to know a few people.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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