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.
Our plan is to deliver an event very similar to or better than pre-pandemic Maine Marathons.
We are following the guidance of the Governor, Maine CDC, the City of Portland, and the University of Southern Maine to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus for all involved in the race, and the supporting communities.
Recently, other races including the Mount Desert Island and Caribou Marathons in Maine have cancelled their 2021 events due to a lack of necessary medical resources to host a safe event. Unfortunately, COVID-19 cases have overwhelmed the medical infrastructure in those communities, making it too difficult for the event’s race directors to assemble the required medical team and resources.
Fortunately, the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay has assembled a team of 75 healthcare professionals plus other resources, including emergency medical services support from Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland, and Yarmouth – the communities where the course is located.
We are asking for the cooperation of participants, volunteers, friends, family members, and spectators to host a safe event. It is important that each respects the safety of others.
Please STAY HOME if you:
have any of the following symptoms: Fever greater than 100F, chills, sore throat, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, new cough, new loss of sense of smell or taste, new runny nose or nasal congestion (different than normal allergies), vomiting or diarrhea, muscle aches, fatigue or headache.
tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- Masks should be worn at the starting line and can be removed once running has commenced.
- Masks should be worn when in crowded areas, such as the relay exchange area. We will have masks available at the start and at each relay exchange.
- To allow for better physical distancing, the starting line will be opened for an extended period beyond the mass start at 7:45 a.m. The race will be chip timed, so your time will start once you cross the start line.
Packet Pickup/ Race Expo:
Masks will be required at the expo. The expo will be held indoors at the University of Southern Maine gym. USM has an indoor mask mandate, and we will be enforcing that requirement.
During the expo on Saturday, we will also be managing the capacity of the gym so everyone can safely physical distance while in line for bib pickup or at vendor booths. To avoid the traditional busy hours and potential lines to enter the expo, visit during the quieter hours from mid to late afternoon.
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.
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.