Maine Marathon, Half-Marathon, and Relay Beneficiary Application


The Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon, Half- Marathon, and Marathon Relay has grown enormously over the past several years. Efforts to market the event as a destination race have paid off, and in 2019, we had more than 3,800 entrants, including 181 relay teams.

Three events are conducted simultaneously: a marathon (26.2 miles), a half marathon (13.1 miles), and a marathon relay for teams of two, three or four runners. Runners, walkers, and wheelchair athletes are all welcome and everyone who finishes is a winner for achieving his or her personal goals. The overriding mission of the Maine Marathon is to hold a quality event that runners and spectators will appreciate and support while raising funds for local Maine charities.

The Maine Marathon is managed and organized through the generous efforts of the Maine Track Club. The club, which is the largest running club in Maine with more than 500 members, was formed in 1979 as a non-profit volunteer organization.

For the Maine Track Club, this is our signature event. We are very proud to watch this event grow and flourish. In 2018, more than $100,000 was raised for charities through sponsorships and race registrations. Since 1997, the Maine Marathon, Half-Marathon, and Marathon Relay and its participants have raised more than $5,200,000 for charity. Each year, about 40% of gross revenue is donated to charities. By pulling together funds from race registrations, individual donations and sponsors, we are able to have a real impact in the community.

All profit after race expenses is donated. The amount varies based on revenues and expenses. Primary beneficiaries receive $20,000 or 15% of average revenues over the last three years, whichever amount is smaller.

In 2019, we announced five beneficiaries – Eastern Trail Alliance, Girls on the Run, Portland Squash Club, Rippleffect and WinterKids.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for a donation, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 501c3 tax exempt organization
  • The primary mission or cause of the organization must support children, fitness, wellness or the environment
  • Provide services in the State of Maine
  • Primary beneficiaries must be able to send a representative to race committee meetings (about 4 to 6 during the months before the race)
  • Primary beneficiaries must be able to provide 25 – 35 volunteers on race weekend, typically first weekend of October
  • Primary beneficiaries must have staff, board members or volunteers willing and able to solicit sponsorships for the race
  • Primary beneficiaries must have not been a primary beneficiary in the last five years

The following organizations are ineligible:

  • Political organizations or programs
  • Organizations which discriminate
  • Public or private schools (this does not apply to school affiliated nonprofit organizations like clubs and teams)

Deadline and Process

The application period for 2019’s beneficiaries closed on Dec. 1, 2018. You may still submit applications for the 2020 Maine Marathon.

Complete application (below) and email any attachments to Bob Dunfey, Race Director at

The use of the donation is unrestricted. The beneficiary can use the donation for operations, new programs or capital projects. A committee of volunteers from the Maine Marathon, the Maine Track Club and from the community will evaluate the application and select the nonprofits which will receive race proceeds. The committee will meet in person with the potential candidates for the primary donations. Site visits may be requested.

The beneficiaries for the Maine Marathon 2020 will be announced in January 2020. If your organization is not selected there may be opportunities to provide volunteers and receive a donation for this support.