Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.3
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
3.7
The Millinocket Marathon & Half is a FREE event that was started in 2015 to help a struggling Maine mill town that has been devastated by the closing of their major employer. Runner’s World Magazine picked up the story shortly after our first edition and the rest is…. as they say, … MORE
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H (°F) 35 26 42 26 42
L (°F) 15 7 24 8 32
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Recent reviews

    Tailhook007 FIRST-TIMER '19

    What a giving community! The race is free; they only ask that you stay local and help merchants by shopping, eating within Millinocket. It snowed the day prior and running … MORE

    What a giving community! The race is free; they only ask that you stay local and help merchants by shopping, eating within Millinocket. It snowed the day prior and running up the mountain in the snow made me feeling like I was back home running on the Florida beaches… There is epic beauty as you reach the top of the logging road… majestic view of Mount Katahdin! The community offered great refreshments at the various mile markers and the backside of the race was all down hill… You’ll have to purchase your own finisher medal… but it’s part of giving back to this small community.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race is small and remote. But totally worth the FREE registration and promise to support the local economy. Millinocket is in central Maine, a 1 hour drive North from … MORE

    This race is small and remote. But totally worth the FREE registration and promise to support the local economy.
    Millinocket is in central Maine, a 1 hour drive North from Bangor. The town is small and has lost several large employers in recent years. Gary Allen (MDI) created this event to draw tourists into the area and as a result created an event that the town 100% supports! The race has developed into a full-fledged Millinocket Town Festival that nearly all businesses get behind!

    THE RACE: the race is free, but asks for donations for the local library and asks that you support the town by eating, sleeping and shopping there. The course is moderately hilly with a large majority along the Golden Road, an unpaved logging road. This year there was a winter storm a few days before and the road was covered with ice and a fresh layer of sand, which made running difficult. The marathoners do 2 loops on the course. Aid stations are manned by families, businesses and locals who provide anything from cookies, fireball, jello shots, pickle juice, to hamburgers, candy and hot soup. Several had fires burning in barrels or backyard firepits. One stop even had Hot Gatorade (like coffee hot!). Water cups would freeze over so most volunteers were pouring water/gatorade when you requested.
    THE WEATHER: The weather is the key. The bartender we chatted with after the race told us that 2019 was the 2nd best year for weather. (The first year the temps were in the 30s-40s, which is HOT for them). For 2019, the temp at the start was around 15 and the high for the day was 22. This Mississippi girl got lucky! Keep in mind the sun goes down around 3:45-4pm this time of year, so the back-of-the-packers may be finishing their race in the dark.
    The medal and other swag are not free. Runners must pre-order their medal on the race website (around $8). Several businesses in the downtown area were selling their own versions of race apparel.

    Overall, this race was a great experience. For us southern folks, we went for the adventure and to experience Maine in the dead of winter. This is a definite MUST RUN for those who love small town races with unique touches. The community was super supportive and every person we met was friendly and thankful!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    libertypenguin REPEAT RUNNER '18

    While this is a "Free Race" it's not, as Race Director Gary Allen says, "a free for all." This is a very well put together race, and the community is … MORE

    While this is a “Free Race” it’s not, as Race Director Gary Allen says, “a free for all.” This is a very well put together race, and the community is very welcoming to the hundreds of crazy people who converge in this small mill-town in December to run up a 6.5 mile hill before coming down the backside that was created by MC Escher!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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