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EXTRAORDINARY NATURAL BEAUTY GIVES YOU THE MOST SCENIC DISTANCE RUN IN THE USA
COURSE DESCRIPTION


Our certified 26.2-mile foot race begins in downtown Bar Harbor, where the first mile out is slightly downhill, which will allow runners to warm up before the first hill; a 150-foot climb from mile one to mile three. This incline will carry runners over the ridge between Champlain and Dorr Mountains. Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the immediate Atlantic Coast at 1,532 feet, will cast its shadow on the early miles of the course.

Route 3 then gives back a downhill sweep from mile three to six where runners meet the sea, and those famous ragged cliffs and headlands at the southeast tip of the Island. The small hill from mile six to seven will not be noticeable because runners will enjoy spectacular scenery along the Hunters Beach Trail.

There is a long, gradual downhill from mile seven to mile nine, then a series of rolling, curving vistas which overlook Seal Harbor, and Cranberry Isles. At mile 10 rolling hills reveal unparalleled scenes, and the village of Northeast Harbor is visible across the ocean. Runners will enter Northeast Harbor, one of six villages along the course --quaint and attractive all-- and reach the halfway mark just beyond the town.

The halfway is also near the mouth of the only true fjord on the Atlantic Coast, lined with the pink granite that makes up most of the area, Somes Sound nearly bisects the entire Island. The second half of the race is literally on the edge of this remarkable topographical marvel.

The low point on the course, will come at mile 16 along the eastern shore of Somes Sound. This is followed by a slight rise to mile 17, and then a sharp incline from 17 to 18, heading up to the cliffs of the interior end of the fjord. Running hills makes for powerful camaraderie. Mile 19 is a giveback downhill, and then the gradual ascent from mile 20 to 25 begins in Somesville, the quintessential New England village.

Mile 25 will be the high point of the course, literally and figuratively, and affording great views. And it will be all downhill from there. The final 1.2 miles to the finish line in charming Southwest Harbor descends; yes, that last 2,000 meters will be all down. But what a sky-high feeling of accomplishment it will bring.

Adapted from: 'The MDI Marathon -- Extraordinary Natural Beauty Gives You the Most Scenic Distance Run in the USA' by Skip Cleaver, coolrunning.com



COURSE MAP
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MDI MARATHON COURSE MAP





TURN-BY-TURN COURSE DIRECTIONS
  • Start at 200 Main Street Bar Harbor.
  • Follow Route 3 south.
  • Turn LEFT Cooksey Drive. (at approx. 6.3 miles)
  • Take next two LEFT turns. (at approx. miles 7.7 and 7.9)
  • Turn LEFT a stone fountain in Seal Harbor returning to Route 3.
  • Turn LEFT on Route 198 (mile 11.4) just past Asticou Inn.
  • Follow Main St. straight through downtown Northeast Harbor.
  • Main St. becomes Rock End Road. (Keep Neighborhood House on left.)
  • Turn LEFT on Maple Lane.
  • Turn RIGHT on South Shore Road.
  • Bear left or go straight at all intersections. (Follow painted course markings.)
  • South Shore Road becomes Manchester Road.
  • Bear LEFT on Sargeant Drive.
  • Turn LEFT on Route 198 (at approx. mile 17.3)
  • Turn LEFT on Butler Rd (at approx. mile 18.2)
  • Turn LEFT and rejoin Route 198 (at approx. mile 18.6)
  • Turn LEFT at traffic light on Route 102 (Somesville).
  • Finish on Main Street in downtown Southwest Harbor.





COURSE ELEVATION PROFILE
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Note: These course elevation profiles were produced using a Garmin GPS on the actual course. Due to the compressed nature of the graphics the hills may seem steeper and more frequent than they actually are. These maps are a rough representation of what you'll encounter on the MDI Marathon route. Is our course flat? Not by a long shot! Can you record a fast time? Yes, absolutely! Each year many runners notch both Boston Qualifiers and Personal Bests at MDI!

ELEVATION GAIN: 1,037 ft
ELEVATION LOSS: 1,062 ft
MIN ELEVATION: 10 ft
MAX ELEVATION: 261 ft


MDI MARATHON COURSE EVEVATION PROFILE








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