2020 Virtual Race
** The 2020 Virtual Race has concluded. Thank you to all the runners who supported the Maine Marathon this year. Registration for the 2021 event, which we hope will be in-person, will begin mid-November. **
Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay, originally scheduled for Sunday, October 4, will take place virtually over two weeks. Title sponsor Gorham Savings Bank will cover all virtual race costs incurred so that every virtual entry fee dollar can be donated to nonprofit race beneficiaries.
The distance can be run in any location you choose, including the Maine Marathon course, from Saturday, September 26 through Monday, October 12. Virtual participants will get a medal and shirt mailed to them after they complete the event.
Results will be compiled, but there will be no awards or cash prizes.
Registration is now open for all of our virtual races: marathon, half marathon, relay and new 5K and 10K options. The fee is $30/runner through August 31, 2020. The fee will increase to $35/runner on September 1. Anyone who has not signed up can register here.
How and when can I run?
Complete your virtual race anytime from Saturday, September 26 through Monday, October 12. Participants will have two options:
- Use RaceJoy, and have your time recorded automatically.
- Manually record your time, and then submit your time.
You can run anywhere!
We plan to have course markings to indicate miles and turns on the course, we’ll let you know more details when they are available.
Participants who want to use RaceJoy will need to download the RaceJoy App which is available for Apple and Android devices. Then carry your phone during the virtual race and activate the app when you start.
RaceJoy can be used both on the actual race course or if you’re completing the distance at a different location.
Or, manually record your time, and then submit your time. Note: the Submit Virtual Results button won’t be active until 9/26.
Participants can also indicate that they’ve completed one of the virtual events but not submit a time.
If you’ve already registered for the marathon, half-marathon, or relay, you have three options. We ask that entrants choose from these options by Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.
1. Convert your registration to virtual
Participants who are already registered may request that their entry be switched to one of the virtual options Note: these requests will be processed manually, and you won’t see your new entry status until early August.
Once your request to switch to the virtual race has been processed, you’ll be able to go online and edit your registration — to change your virtual distance and indicate whether or not you plan to use the actual race course. Those who switch to a virtual event can choose any of the virtual distances, regardless of which event you initially registered for.
During this process, you will also be asked if want to donate the difference to charity (for the difference between your original entry fee and the new reduced virtual race fee) or whether you’d like a partial refund.
2. Cancel your registration
You also have the option of canceling your race registration. If you choose to do that, you may donate your entry fee to charity or request a full refund.
3. Defer until 2021
If you do nothing, by default, your registration will be deferred until 2021.
How does the relay work?
Relay teams will have the option of using the actual race course, or running wherever they choose. For relay teams, though, the RaceJoy app will only work if you’re on the race course. Teams that run elsewhere (or choose not to use RaceJoy) will need to manually record their times and submit them. Note: the Submit Virtual Results button won’t be active until 9/26.
Team members do not have to complete their individual legs on the same day, or in a specific order. The times for each leg will be added together to produce the team’s final result.