Half Marathon Race Information

The half marathon takes place alongside the Maine Marathon. Enjoy the Back Cove, views of Casco Bay and fall foliage along the out-and-back route. All three races are together for the first 6.5 miles before the half marathon heads back to Portland. The courses features a mixture of rolling hills and flat sections, but start and finish with two flat miles along Baxter Boulevard.

The half marathon course (USATF Certification #ME23012BK) is well supported with water stops with Gatorade (lemon-lime Endurance Formula) located approximately every two miles.

About the Half Marathon Course

The half marathon starts at 7:45 a.m. and there is no early start option for this race. Please Note: No dogs, baby strollers or bicycles are allowed.

To study the course, you can download the MapMyRun course to your phone, download our course map PDF, or see the turn-by-turn directions below.

Half Marathon Map 2023

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Turn-by-turn directions for the half marathon

  • Race starts on Baxter Blvd., near Pedro Field
  • First 2 miles on Baxter Blvd., around scenic Back Cove
  • Left turn onto Bates St.
  • Cross Washington Ave. onto Veranda St.
  • Veranda St. becomes Route 1 North
  • Cross Martin’s Point Bridge
  • Immediately at the end of the bridge turn right on Bay Shore Drive
  • Left onto Reg Roc Rd.
  • Right onto Route 1
  • Right onto Phillips Rd., followed by immediate right onto Whitney Rd.
  • Left onto Shoreline Dr.
  • Left onto Hammond Rd.
  • Right onto Route 1
  • Right onto Route 88
  • Continue on Route 88 until turnaround cone
  • Left onto Route 1
  • Straight onto Veranda St.
  • Right onto Sherwood St.
  • Left onto E. Kidder St.
  • Cross Washington Ave. onto W. Kidder St.
  • Enter Payson Park, turn left
  • Left at fork to Baxter Blvd.
  • Right onto Baxter Blvd.
  • Finish at start location

Runner Tracking

You can sign up for your own results notifications—or friends and family members can sign up on the Find a Participant page  as well as sign up for text and/or email notifications after they complete the race.

GPS tracking is also available through an app called RaceJoy. RaceJoy uses a cellphone’s GPS signal to track participants wherever they are on the course, and friends and family members can send virtual cheers during the race. To use RaceJoy, race participants must download the RaceJoy app and carry their cell phone during the race, and anyone who wants to follow a participant also must download the RaceJoy app.

See the RaceJoy information guide for more details.