Directions & Parking for the Maine Marathon
The race starts and finishes on Baxter Boulevard, between Forest Avenue and Preble Street.
The USM garage will be open, free of charge, on both Saturday and Sunday. The garage is on Bedford Street, which is the first left-hand turn off Forest Avenue after you take Exit 6B from I-295. Additional parking is available nearby at the UMaine School of Law, the Back Cove lot, or the AAA lot.
On race day, we suggest you plan to arrive by 7 a.m. because we expect the USM garage to fill early, now that USM’s large surface lots of unavailable due to construction. Also, traffic sometimes backs up on Forest Avenue. and onto Route 295. Consider alternate routes to the USM campus, such as Deering Avenue. If you arrive later than 7 p.m. or if the Bedford Street garage becomes full, we recommend parking in the AAA lot on the corner of Marginal Way and Preble Street, about a 5-minute walk from the start line.
Please do not park in the Hannaford shopping center lot, which is reserved for store customers.
NOTE: When you leave the garage, do not take the exit stairways; instead take the entrance into the Abramson building and use the Bedford Street overpass to access the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street from the garage. The sidewalk on the garage side of Bedford Street is closed. Your cooperation will help the flow of traffic into the garage.
Bike Parking at USM
If you live locally, we encourage you to ride your bike to the expo and on race day to run, volunteer, or cheer! Biking reduces traffic congestion and helps reduce the race’s carbon footprint. The University of Southern Maine has bike racks located across the Portland campus that you can use. Be sure to bring a lock to keep your bike secure. And please do not park your bike in or around the Start/Finish area of the race.
Here’s a list of bike rack locations on the USM Portland campus:
- Sullivan Gym
- Science Building
- Payson Smith Hall (Side and Front Entrance)
- Maine Law Building (Multiple Bike Racks)
- Glickman Family Library
- Wishcamper Center
- Abromson Community Education Center
- Woodbury Campus Center
- Luther Bonney Hall
TOP FIVE REASONS TO RIDE YOUR BIKE TO THE RACE
- Reduce your CO2 footprint
- Fun way to warm up and cool down
- No stress over finding parking
- Convenient parking on the USM campus
- It’s free!!!