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RACE START TIMES & LOCATIONS

7:00AM - MARATHON EARLY START - 200 Main Street, Bar Harbor Offered ONLY to Full Marathon (26.2 Miles) participants who expect to take more then 6.5 hours to complete the Marathon route. Those who start early and finish under 6 hours may face disqualification. No relay teams are permitted to start at 7:00AM. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED AS AN "EARLY STARTER" TO START AT THIS TIME.

8:00AM - MARATHON & TEAM RELAY OFFICIAL START - 200 Main Street, Bar Harbor

8:30AM - HALF-MARATHON START - Neighborhood & Manchester Roads, Northeast Harbor



RACE DAY TRANSPORTATION
TO AND FROM BAR HARBOR AND SOUTHWEST HARBOR

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 Bar Harbor Bank parking lot in Southwest Harbor (across from the finish line).

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.



SPECTATOR INFORMATION
DO NOT FOLLOW THE MARATHON ROUTE AFTER THE START ON ROUTE 3
(YOU WILL BE ASKED TO TURN AROUND AND IT WILL RUIN YOUR DAY!)
RACE DAY DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS & MAPS : HERE

The MDI Marathon route has many great places to take in all the action, but the designated MDI Marathon Spectator Zones are places we highly recommend to whoop it up with hundreds of others! Bring you enthusiasm or even your musical instruments and cheer on the runners!

NOTE: NO VEHICLES are permitted to follow the MDI Marathon route leaving Bar Harbor on Route 3. You will be stopped and have to turn around if you try.

Instead, please follow the routes below to successfully spectate the race and meet your runner at the finish line in Southwest Harbor. Due to the nature of our point-to-point and the roads of Mount Desert Island, the spectator zones are listed in order of how you will reach them by car.

  • Mile 11.5 Marathon - Route 198 and Route 3 Intersection (Asticou Corner)
    • Exit Bar Harbor on Route 233 / Eagle Lake Road
    • Follow Route 233 / Eagle Lake Road for approximately 5 miles until you reach the intersection of Route 198, located just past MDI High School. (Where the pasta dinner is held.)
    • Turn LEFT on Route 198 toward Northeast Harbor, and follow it until you reach the intersection with Route 3. (Approximately 4.5 miles.)
    • This intersection is located at approximately mile 11.5 of the marathon route.
    • Be sure to park on the opposite side of the road from where the marathon course is. Runners will be on the left, heading towards Northeast Harbor.
  • Mile 12.3 Marathon - Downtown Northeast Harbor
    • Continue on Route 198 to downtown Northeast Harbor.
    • Follow signs to park at the Marina (on your LEFT) and then walk up the hill into town.
    • IMPORTANT: You will be driving on the marathon course briefly and you will have to cross the marathon route to park at the marina. MARATHONERS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY! Please yield to them and drive with caution.
    • This area is located at approximately mile 12.3 of the marathon route.
  • Mile 17.2 Marathon / 4.1 Half Marathon - Sargeant Drive and Route 198 Intersection
    • Upon leaving the Northeast Harbor Marina, reverse direction on Route 198 and follow back the way you originally came for approximately 3 miles until you reach the intersection with Sargeant Drive. (Note: Sargeant Drive is closed to ALL traffic on race day.)
    • This intersection is located at approximately mile 17.3 of the marathon route.
  • Mile 18.6 Marathon / 5.5 Half-Marathon - Route 198 and Route 233 Intersection (RA Corner)
    • Continue to follow Route 198 for approximately 1.5 miles back to the intersection with Route 233. You will be sharing this stretch of road with runners. Please drive slowly with flashers and pull over if necessary for oncoming traffic.
    • Be sure to park on the opposite side of the road from where the marathon course is. Runners will be on the left, heading towards Somesville/Southwest Harbor.
    • This intersection is located at approximately mile 18.6 of the marathon route.
  • Finish Line - Downtown Southwest Harbor
  • There are two ways to get to the finish line in Southwest Harbor:
    • From the Somesville Fire House, turn LEFT onto Pretty Marsh Road/Route 102. (Note: Route 102 splits at this intersection and either continues to Southwest Harbor following the Marathon Route (Option #2), or heads to Seal Cove via the Pretty Marsh Road.)
    • Follow the Pretty Marsh Road/Route 102 for approximately 7.5 miles until you reach the intersection with Seal Cove Road on your LEFT. (Note: Pretty Marsh Road will turn into Tremont Road.)
    • You can either turn LEFT onto Seal Cove Road and follow it for approximately 3.8 miles to Southwest Harbor, and park at the Seal Cove Shops, and then walk the approximately 0.5 mile to the finish line.
    • Note: Only local traffic is permitted beyond this point. They will be detoured around downtown and the finishing area. This is the closest you may park to the finish line.
    • OR
    • If you have the time, we recommend this scenic route: Continue on Tremont Road/Route 102 (DON'T turn onto Seal Cove Road) for approximately 4.7 miles.
    • Bear RIGHT onto Flat Iron Road and follow for 0.3 miles. (This is a slightly confusing intersection -- look for and follow signs toward Bass Harbor Lighthouse.)
    • Turn RIGHT onto Route 102A/Harbor Drive and follow for approximately 1.3 miles.
    • Stay on 102A by bearing LEFT at the road to Bass Harbor Lighthouse -- feel free to drive the 0.5 mile road down to the light house.)
    • Continue on 102A for approximately 5.2 miles (Harbor Drive becomes Seawall Road at the intersection to visit the lighthouse).
    • Turn RIGHT onto Route 102 and follow for approximately 0.7 miles. Route 102 is shared by Main Street in downtown Southwest Harbor.
    • You will be one block from the finish line and may park either on Main Street or you may turn RIGHT onto Clark Point Road and park in the town lot on your left.

Spectators are an important compliment to our race. Please watch for and report any downed or disoriented runners. There are Ham Radio personnel stationed at many points along the course.

In the event of an emergency call 911.

Finally, as you will be driving on some parts of the marathon course, doing so with safety flashers on will help inform competitors that you are part of the race as well as helping to slow other traffic. Please drive slowly. If you stop to cheer ALWAYS pull off on the opposite side of the road where runners are present. DO NOT BLOCK THE MARATHON COURSE OR MAKE RUNNERS GO AROUND YOUR VEHICLE!!! Pay attention!!!











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