COVID-19 Updates

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[UPDATE as of May 14, 2021] We are pleased to let you know that we are “all systems go” for an in-person Maine Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay on Sunday, October 3.

  • April 5 – State of Maine released COVID-19 safety guidelines for races
  • April 27 – Mask mandate for outdoor activities was lifted
  • May 1 – Visitors from any state can enter Maine without test or quarantine
  • May 7 – We learned that all four communities along the Maine Marathon course will issue permits for a COVID-19 safe event
  • May 24 – Physical distancing mandate will be lifted
  • May 24 – Outdoor events can be at 100% capacity

Our plan is to deliver an event very similar to or better than pre-pandemic Maine Marathons. We are not aware of any significant COVID-19 safety practices which will be required on race weekend which will impact your Maine Marathon experience.

Any international runners or other visitors should be aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. Also, Maine International Travel Guidance requires 7 days of quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test within 3-5 days of arrival.

As an all-volunteer, nonprofit event, the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon is built on community and charitable giving. We hope and believe we will continue that tradition by donating to this year’s amazing group of race beneficiaries – which you can read about here. But race organizers also want to ensure a smooth experience in case we must cancel this year’s event.

We will provide updates on our website, social media channels and through our email newsletter.

IN THE EVENT OF A CANCELLATION, the Maine Marathon will offer registered participants the choice of what they’d like to do with their paid race fee. Participants can choose one of the following options:

  • Donate their race fee to one of our 2021 race beneficiaries
  • Transfer to one of the virtual distances
  • Defer their registration to the 2022 event
  • Receive a refund of their registration fee, minus the processing fee

This policy applies to both currently registered runners and those who register between now and the day of the race (or its cancellation). It also applies to both in-person and virtual registrants.

We hope this policy will provide the Maine Marathon community with some certainty in these uncertain times. To stay informed, please visit our site often, connect with us on social media, and sign up for our newsletter by submitting your email address in the form on the bottom of this page or by clicking here.