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PARTICIPANT INFORMATION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS




Where and when does the Mount Desert Island Marathon & Team Relay start? RETURN TO TOP
The starting line is located at 200 Main Street in Bar Harbor, Maine.

The 2014 MDI Marathon & Team Relay starts at 8:00AM sharp on Sunday, October 19th in Bar Harbor.

The 2014 MDI Half-Marathon starts at 8:30AM sharp on Sunday, October 19th in Northeast Harbor.

All events finish in Southwest Harbor.

There is an 7:00AM early start option offered ONLY to participants who expect to take more then 6.5 hours. Those who start early and finish under 6 hours may face disqualification. More information here.

There is an 8-hour course time limit beginning at 7:00AM. This means that the course will close at 3:00PM and you must be finished before then.

PLEASE NOTE: The Full Marathon & Team Relay officially start at 8:00AM. 7:00AM Early Starters should be aware of the possibility of faster Marathoners coming from behind and yield to them. Please do not run/walk more than 2-abreast.


Where and when does the Mount Desert Island Half-Marathon start? RETURN TO TOP
The starting line is located at the Marathon's 13.1-mile mark near the intersection of Neighborhood Road and Manchester Road in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

The 2014 MDI Half-Marathon starts at 8:30AM sharp on Sunday, October 19th.

There is an 4-hour course time limit beginning at 8:30AM. There is no early start option.

PLEASE NOTE: The Full Marathon & Team Relay starts in Bar Harbor at 8:00AM. The faster Full Marathoners will catch many of Half-Marathoners. Half-Marathon participants should be aware of the possibility of faster Full Marathoners coming from behind and yield to them. Please do not run/walk more than 2-abreast.


Where and when do I get my bib number? RETURN TO TOP
You must pick up your packet in person with photo ID at our pre-race expo.
Please plan your travels to Bar Harbor accordingly.

Our expo hours are as follows:
Friday, October 17th from 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Saturday, October 18th from 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Located at the Atlantic Oceanside Conference Center, 119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

You can find out more about our pre-race expo and packet pick-up here.


Is the course certified and a Boston Marathon Qualifier? RETURN TO TOP
The MDI Marathon course is fully certified by United States of America Track and Field (USATF) and is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. You can learn more about qualifying for Boston here.

The distance is the international marathon standard of 26 miles 385 yards.

Certification Number: ME12018JK


Are there any races of shorter distances being held in conjunction with the MDI Marathon? RETURN TO TOP
Yes!

HALF-MARATHON: The starting line is located at the Marathon's 13.1-mile mark near the intersection of Neighborhood Road and Manchester Road in Northeast Harbor.

TEAM RELAY: Both 2-person and 3-person relay teams are accepted. Click here for more information.

The 2-person relay handoff will be located at the 13.1 mark (half marathon) in Northeast Harbor.

For the 3-person relay, the first hand off will be located at approximately 8.5 miles near Seal Harbor Beach. The second handoff will be located near the end of Butler Road and route 198, at approximately mile 18.6.

All events finish in Southwest Harbor.


Can I transfer my entry to someone else if I am unable to run? RETURN TO TOP
Yes. Please follow the steps below:
  • Visit this link: http://www.zippyreg.com/zippy/index.php?view=confirm
  • Enter your confirmation code. (NOTE: If you do not know your confirmation code, select "contact" at the top of the page, or email info [at] zippyreg.com
  • You will be taken to your Registration Confirmation Page. Select Transfer Your Registration.
  • Please read and follow the online instructions carefully.

Transfers will be permitted until 11:59PM ET on September 10th.

Entry fees are non-refundable; race entries cannot be deferred to another year.

Can I switch my registration from one race to another? RETURN TO TOP
Yes. Please follow the steps below:
  • Visit this link: http://www.zippyreg.com/zippy/index.php?view=confirm
  • Enter your confirmation code. (NOTE: If you do not know your confirmation code, select "contact" at the top of the page, or email info [at] zippyreg.com
  • You will be taken to your Registration Confirmation Page. Select Change Your Race.
  • Please read and follow the online instructions carefully.

Race changes will be granted providing the division you want to switch to has not already filled to capacity. Changes will be permitted until 11:59PM on September 10th.

Entry fees are non-refundable; race entries cannot be deferred to another year.


Can I update my personal information I submitted when I registered? RETURN TO TOP
Yes. Please follow the steps below:
  • Visit this link: http://www.zippyreg.com/zippy/index.php?view=confirm
  • Enter your confirmation code. (NOTE: If you do not know your confirmation code, select "contact" at the top of the page, or email info [at] zippyreg.com
  • You will be taken to your Registration Confirmation Page. Here you may update certain fields including address, email, phone, shirt size, PR info, Emergency Contact info, purchase additional meals, etc.

Personal information updates will be permitted until 11:59PM on September 10th.

How do I purchase meals, or check that I previously purchased meals? RETURN TO TOP
Meals can only be purchased online. Space is limited! Please follow the steps below:
  • Visit this link: http://www.zippyreg.com/zippy/index.php?view=confirm
  • Enter your confirmation code. (NOTE: If you do not know your confirmation code, select "contact" at the top of the page, or email info [at] zippyreg.com
  • You will be taken to your Registration Confirmation Page. At the bottom of this page you may view previously purchased meals, or purchase additional meals.
  • (Note: There is a guest list at the door of each event. No actual tickets are issued.)

Meals will be available for purchase thru a specific date, still to be determined, or until they are sold out.


If didn't register can I "bandit" or use someone else's bib number? RETURN TO TOP
No. "Banditting" or "rogue running" a race is not allowed for many reasons. First, race officials have set a participant limit on the MDI Marathon to ensure that runners, volunteers, spectators, and local residents have a safe and enjoyable experience. We have planned course amenities, (i.e., water, and sports drinks, and medical assistance) based on that number. By running as a bandit, you're making the course more congested and taking race resources away from runners who've registered and paid for those benefits.

While it may seem like no big deal to give or sell your race bib to another person, it does present serious consequences to both the race organizers and the participant field alike. Race results and finisher's awards can be inpacted and medical staff might not be able to identify a participant in need of treatment on the course. It is imperative that the person wearing the bib and taking part in the race is the same person that is in our registrant database.

If a person is caught wearing a bib that is registered to someone else, both parties will be banned from participating in future editions of the Mount Desert Island Marathon and all Crow Athletics events. The person wearing the bib will also be disqualified from any official results.

If you missed out on General Registration, consider running in support of one of our great charitable partners through the Beyond the Finish Line: Charitable Fundraising Program. Click here for more information.


What is "good race etiquette"? RETURN TO TOP
If the MDI Marathon is your first race, or if you're still new to the sport, you may not be familiar with some of the "rules" -- both stated and unwritten.
  • Pay for your spot: Running in a race you haven't entered, also called "banditing" (see above), is not fair to race organizers, volunteers, and especially the people who have paid to participate. It's also unsafe, since race organizers plan their course amenities, such as water and sports drinks, and medical assistance based on the number of people who have signed up for the race. And overcrowded race conditions can lead to falls and other problems. Don't do it.
  • Line up properly: The MDI Marathon is a small event and since there are no starting corrals, runners must 'self-seed' themselves at the starting line. Nothing is more annoying to a runner at the start of a race than having to weave around slower runners after the gun goes off. Faster runners should line up at the front of the starting line, slower runners and walkers at the back. If you are unsure if you are lined up in the right place, ask some of your fellow nearby competitors their anticipated pace, and if it's faster than yours, move further back. The MDI Marathon is chip-timed, so the time it takes you to reach the starting line won't count in your final net time.
  • Don't jingle: Don't carry loose change or a set of keys in your pocket. Although it may not bother you, the constant jingling can be really annoying to those who are running near you.
  • Don't block the running path: If you're running with a group, don't run more than two abreast (i.e., 2 runners side-by-side), so others can pass you. ATTENTION EARLY STARTERS: You must run or walk single file when runners are present so that they may pass you.
  • Show volunteers appreciation: Please say "Thank You!" to race volunteers who hand you water, put your medal around your neck, or otherwise help you. They're volunteering their time and the race would not be successful without them.
  • Thank supporters, too: Acknowledge race spectators who cheer for you as you pass them. If you're too tired to say "thanks," show them a smile, wave, or give them a thumbs up. It will make them feel good and encourage them to keep rooting for others.
  • Use caution at fluid stations: Water stations can get a bit chaotic and crowded. Use caution when running into a water stop and make sure you're not cutting off other runners or spilling water on them. If you're going to stop or slow down to walk through the water stop, make sure there's not a runner behind you.
  • Keep moving at the finish: Don't immediately stop at the finish line or in the chute. There will be runners coming in right behind you, so keep going until it's safe to come to a stop.
  • Don't be a glutton: Don't take more than your fair share of food and drinks at the finish line. The back of the pack runners will appreciate it when there are still enough goodies for them at the end.

What items are NOT allowed on the course? RETURN TO TOP
There are a number of items that are not allowed on the course including, participants running in the opposite direction of the race, runners not wearing a bib number, animals, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates or roller-blades.


Are headsets allowed? RETURN TO TOP
Headsets are allowed, but discouraged. In accordance with revised regulations of U.S. Track and Field, this event no longer bans the use of headphones and other listening devises (such as iPods) while participating in our events (except for elite athletes; see below).

However, the MDI Marathon recognizes the potential danger of wearing such devices as many parts of our course are shared with auto traffic and strongly urges participants not to use headphones.

According to Road Runners Club of America's tips for running safety:
"Don't wear headsets. Use your ears to be aware of the surroundings. Using headphones, you lose the use of an important sense-your hearing. Always stay alert and aware of what's going on around you. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are."

Note: The MDI Marathon will continue to enforce a "no headphones" policy for those competing for cash prizes.


Can a friend shadow me on bicycle? RETURN TO TOP
Only experienced bicyclists are permitted. They may NOT start or finish with the race. They must wait 20 minutes after the start before following. If course marshals see cyclists shadowing a runner before the 20 minute wait time they will be removed from the course and not allowed back on it. As for etiquette, all cyclists need to remember that this is a FOOT race. They must yield to every runner and walker, and cycle on the opposite side of the road. Again, if cyclists are found riding on the same side of the road as marathon participants, or if they are found cutting participants off, they will be removed from the course and not allowed back on. Cyclists will need to walk their bike from the 26-Mile mark to the finish -- they are not permitted to cross the finish line or ide into the finish chute.

NOTE: Only some portions of our course are closed to all vehicular traffic. Other portions of the course are open to local traffic. Cyclists are riding at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety and well-being. Cyclists will be held responsible should they cause ANY collision with runners or walkers. Cyclists DO NOT have the right of way at any time.


How close is the starting line to my hotel? RETURN TO TOP
Marathon & Team Relay: Please contact your lodging establishment to find out how close you are staying to the starting line, which is located at 200 Main Street near the to Mt. Desert Street intersection in Bar Harbor.

Half-Marathon: Please contact your lodging establishment to find out how close you are staying to the starting line, which is located nean the intersection of Neighborhood Road & Manchester Road in Northeast Harbor.


Where will I be able to park my car on race day? RETURN TO TOP
Marathon & Team Relay: There is plenty of parking in Bar Harbor the morning of the race. Many Bar Harbor lodging establishments are within walking distance of the start line. Posted hourly parking bans are lifted over race weekend.

Half-Marathon: Parking & transportation details for Northeast Harbor are still being developed. Stay tuned!

Please refer to the map included in your final instructions in your race packet for a map with parking suggestions.


Is baggage transportation available to send dry clothing from the start to the finish? RETURN TO TOP
Marathon & Team Relay: A baggage transportation vehicle will be parked near the start at the north-west corner of the Village Green in Bar Harbor beginning at 6:00AM on Sunday morning. All bags must be dropped by 7:30AM. Bags will be delivered to Pemetic School in Southwest Harbor near the finish. One [1] small bag per runner. (No luggage.) Please use the bottom tag on your bib number to label your bag. The MDI Marathon is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Half-Marathon: Baggage transportation details for the Half-Marathon are still being developed. Stay tuned!


Where can spectators watch the race? RETURN TO TOP
Spectators are encouraged to watch the start in Bar Harbor and then take Route 233 (Eagle Lake Road) to Route 198 or take the Park Loop Road via Jordan Pond to Route 3.

DO NOT FOLLOW THE RACE! You will be asked to turn around.

  • Mile 11.5 Marathon - Asticou Corner (intersection with Route 3)
  • Mile 12.3 Marathon - Downtown Northeast Harbor
  • Mile 17.2 Marathon / 4.1 Half-Marathon - Sargeant Drive (intersection with Route 198)
  • Mile 18.6 / 5.5 Half-Marathon - RA corner (intersection with Route 198)
  • Finish - Downtown Southwest Harbor

Click here for more expanded spectator information.


Is there shuttle bus transportation for runners and spectators? RETURN TO TOP
Yes. Our partners at Friends of Acadia provide free shuttle buses, courtesy of Downeast Transportation.
Buses will run between the Village Green in Bar Harbor (very near the starting line) and the finishing area in Southwest Harbor, loading and unloading in the Bar Harbor Bank parking lot.
Note: Buses are open to the general public and do not follow the marathon course.

The schedule is as follows:
LEAVING BAR HARBOR
9:00 am
9:30 am
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:30 pm
LEAVING SOUTHWEST HARBOR
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
***All times are approximate! Drivers do their very best to maintain the schedule, however, shuttle buses may face traffic delays!***

There are also several taxi services on Mount Desert Island, including:
Acadia Limousine & Cab Service (207) 288-8294
Amazin' Moe'z Taxi (207) 266-1478
At Your Service Taxi Cab Co. (207) 288-9222
Bar Harbor Coastal Cab (207) 288-1222
MDI Taxi & Tours (207) 288-3333

Note for early starters: Shuttle buses make their last trip out of Southwest Harbor at approximately 4:00PM. You will need to arrange other transportation if you are planning to leave Southwest Harbor after that time. See taxi information above.


Are pets, baby joggers, bicycles, or headsets allowed on the course? RETURN TO TOP
No. Due to insurance limitations we cannot allow pets, baby joggers, bicycles, or headsets on the course.


How many fluid replacement stations are on the course? RETURN TO TOP
There are fluid replacement stations approximately every 2 miles. Lemon-Lime Gatorade and water will be offered at all stations. Assorted energy gel flavors will be available just before mile 16. We recommend that you carry extra if you might need more, or prefer a particular flavor.

Note for early starters: Water stops will gradually become self-serve, as our volunteers are assigned accordingly. The course will remain open to competitors.


Are there restrooms on the course? RETURN TO TOP
Yes. There are port-a-johns on the course (spaced approximately every 5 miles) and at the start and finish. In emergency situations there are plenty of woods.


Are showers available at the finish? RETURN TO TOP
Yes. LIMITED showers are available Pemetic School at the finish line. Bring your own toiletries and towel.
Please clean up after yourself. Do not leave used soap, or any other items you wouldn't want to find in the shower after the person before you used it.


Who is eligible for awards and where may they be picked up? RETURN TO TOP
Every competitor that finishes the Mount Desert Island Marathon will be awarded a finishers medallion.

Marathon age group awards will be presented to the top 3 finishers, male and female in the following age categories: 19 & Under/ 20-29 / 30-34 / 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70-74 / 75-79 / 80+
Half-Marathon age group awards will be presented to the top 3, male and female in the following age categories: 19 & Under/ 20-29 / 30-39 / 40-49 / 50-59 / 60-69 / 70-79 / 80+
Awards will also be presented to the top 3 Mount Desert Island area resident finishers, and top relay teams. Note: Early starters are not eligible for age group awards.

You, or a friend/family member must be present to claim your age group award at the finish line. Awards will not be mailed! Please check posted results! There is a results tent with a member of the race timing crew ready and waiting to check your final standing. Awards may be picked up immediately at the end of the finisher's chute, near the results tent and hospitality. (Please refer to the map in your Final Runner Instructions.)

There is no formal awards ceremony, with the exception of the top three overall finishers, male and female who will be recognized on the awards podium shortly after they finish.

How has the weather been in the past? RETURN TO TOP
Click on each year below to see a detailed weather report for the day in Bar Harbor:

2012
2011 ||2010 || 2009 || 2008 || 2007 || 2006 || 2005 || 2004 || 2003 || 2002


What does my registration fee go towards? RETURN TO TOP
Competitors will receive a complimentary commemorative MDI Marathon apparel item and professional photo proofs which are optional to purchase. (Note: Your bib number MUST be visible to be photographed. Race photographers do their very best to capture every participant.)

Apparel items are ordered in advance, and distributed on a first come, first served basis. We recommend picking up your race packet at our pre-race expo as early as you can for the best chance of getting the size you requested. There are no exchanges, unless of course, if you and another runner want to trade.

You can't have a good race without good race timing! We have invested a lot into our partnership with Albany Running Exchange Event Productions. We are the only event in Maine to offer live race day results and coverage, as well as immediate results for runners with smart phones (via QR code scanning) and immediate age group results.

Race packets will not be mailed if you are unable to attend.

Registration fees help pay for the cost of putting on our event. Our runners are our top priority, and as the demand for our event continues to grow, we want to ensure that MDI remains a quality experience for all. The Mount Desert Island Marathon is a not-for-profit organization.


Is there a waiting list of applicants who are added due to cancellations race weekend? RETURN TO TOP
There is no waiting list for our races. Our race committee anticipates an approximate number of cancellations each year and allows more than enough entrants in anticipation of those cancellations.


What is the cancellation policy? RETURN TO TOP
Cancellation Policy - The Mount Desert Island Marathon is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. Entry fees (including optional meal add-ons, and club memberships) are non-refundable; race entries cannot be deferred to another year. No exceptions. (See transfer information above.) This policy applies to all entrants and is in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected family/business emergency, have a medical emergency, etc. This means once we have received your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, or if the course has to be changed, or if the event is cancelled because of weather, natural disaster or other unforeseen circumstances.
**The Mount Desert Island Marathon reserves the right to accept or reject any entries.**


Is there a way I can support the mission of the MDI Marathon? RETURN TO TOP
Yes. Please click here to get involved.


What are the terms and conditions to participate? RETURN TO TOP
Participation - Running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity. Runners should be medically able and properly trained to participate in the Mount Desert Island Marathon. The runner understands the risks associated with running this event, including, but not limited to, weather, traffic, course conditions and surfaces, falls and contact with other runners, volunteers, or spectators.

Medical Support - Medical support for this event will be provided by volunteer personnel who may be called upon to provide assistance, including first aid, during or after the event. Medical volunteers will assist participants as necessary or appropriate. By entering a Marathon event and participating, the entrant agrees to treatment by medical personnel, and also agrees to accept medical decisions about the entrant's fitness to participate or continue in the race.

Course (Marathon & Team Relay) - There is an 8-hour time limit beginning at the 7:00AMAM start. This means the course closes to participants at 3:00PM. Our course is open to local traffic in several locations.

Course (Half-Marathon) - There is an 4-hour time limit beginning at the 8:30AM start. Our course is open to local traffic in several locations.

Drug Testing - Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USA Track & Field rules and IAAF rule 144. Information regarding drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USOC Hot Line at 1-800-223-0393.









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