FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions



Registration FAQs

How do I sign up to participate?

Click HERE to sign up to participate!

You can learn more about each event by visiting the links below:

  • Marathon information: HERE
  • Half-Marathon information: HERE
  • Team Relay information: HERE  

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When does registration close?

Registration is limited for all events. All events have filled to capacity in the past as early as June. If you are planning to run with us we recommend registering early.

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Is there a list of confirmed entrants?

Yes. Please click HERE to search the confirmed entrants list.

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What is included in the registration fee?

Registration fees help pay for the cost of putting on our event. Our runners are our top priority, and as the demand for our event continues to grow, we want to ensure that MDI remains a quality experience for all. The Mount Desert Island Marathon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

In addition, your registration fee includes the following:

  • Commemorative race bag.
    • Race packets will not be mailed if you are unable to attend. However, you may have someone pick-up your race materials using the authorization form found on the Pre-Race Health & Fitness Expo page.
  • Commemorative tech shirt available in Men's and Women's specific sizes.
    • We do our very best to ensure that you receive the shirt size your ordered at the time of registration. Please keep in mind that these shirts are ordered in advance, while registration remains open. (This means our race committee must estimate the sizes that we order, based on current registrations, and past registrations from previous years.) Shirts are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Superior race timing.
    • We work closely with our timing company, ARE Event Productions, to offer you the best results possible. Their crew has worked tirelessly over the years to make our event Maine's first to offer live race day tracking for fans and spectators, as well as immediate personalized overall and age-group results available at the finish line.
  • Shuttle bus transportation.
  • Plentiful finish line amenities.

  • Printable finisher certificate. (Available once results have been deemed official, usually one week after the race concludes.)

  • FREE race photos from our partners at Gameface Media.

 

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Where and when do I get my bib number & registration materials?

You must pick up your packet in person with photo ID at our Pre-Race Health & Fitness Expo, held both Friday and Saturday prior to race day. Please plan your travels to Bar Harbor accordingly.

Expo hours are as follows:
FRIDAY • 3:00PM - 8:00PM
SATURDAY • 10:00AM - 5:00PM

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Can I view/update my registration information?

Yes. The deadline is September 1st.

You will need to access your personal registration confirmation page to make changes to your registration. Please use the link in your Run MDI confirmation email, which is located below your confirmation code.

If you are unable to locate your confirmation email, please click HERE.

Due to production deadlines personal information updates may only be permitted until 11:59PM ET on September 1st. Registration fees are non-refundable.

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Can I switch my registration from one race to another?

Yes. The deadline is September 1st.

You will need to access your personal registration confirmation page to make changes to your registration. Please use the link in your Run MDI confirmation email, which is located below your confirmation code.

If you are unable to locate your confirmation email, please click HERE.

Due to production deadlines registration changes (e.g., switching from one race to another) will only be permitted until 11:59PM ET on September 1st. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Important! The option to switch from one race to another will be granted providing the race you wish to switch to has not already filled to capacity. There may be a limited number of Charity Bibs available.

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Can I transfer my entry to someone else if I am unable to run?

Yes. The deadline is September 1st.

You will need to access your personal registration confirmation page to make changes to your registration. Please use the link in your Run MDI confirmation email, which is located below your confirmation code.

If you are unable to locate your confirmation email, please click HERE.

Participants are welcome to post available entries for transfer or sale in our Facebook Group.

Due to production deadlines registration changes (e.g., transferring your entry someone else) will only be permitted until 11:59PM ET on September 1st. Registration fees are non-refundable.

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Can I defer my entry until next year if I am unable to run?

New for 2017: A limited number of deferrals will be available. However, this option may reach the limit before the September 1st deadline.

You will need to access your personal registration confirmation page to make changes to your registration. Please use the link in your Run MDI confirmation email, which is located below your confirmation code.

If you are unable to locate your confirmation email, please click HERE.

Due to production deadlines registration changes (e.g., deferring your entry to next year) will only be permitted until 11:59PM ET on September 1st. All registration fees are non-refundable.

Important! Race entries may only be deferred for one year from the originally intended race date; race entries may not deferred more than one year. (This means if you defer your entry to next year, you will not be able to defer to a second time to the following year.) Deferrals apply for race registration only;  optional meal add-ons, coaching, and club memberships may not be deferred.

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Is there a Pre-Race Pasta Dinner?

Yes. You can learn more about the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner and purchase tickets HERE.

 

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Is there a waiting list of applicants who are added due to cancellations?

No. In the event that a race fills to capacity there is no wait list. Our race committee anticipates an approximate number of cancellations each year and allows more than enough entrants in anticipation of those cancellations.

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If general registration reaches capacity can I gain entry by raising money for charity?

There may be a limited number Charity Bibs available after general registration reaches capacity. Click HERE to learn more about the Charity Bib Program.

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Why are there entrant capacities for each race?

Each of our races (Marathon, Half-Marathon, Team Relay, and Kids Run) have a maximum entrant capacity for several reasons including municipal permits, emergency management, transportation, course support, event specific medals, personalized & individually coded bib numbers for timing, etc.

Enforcing these entrant caps allows our team to produce a safe, fun and enjoyable event.

Accepting more participants that we can manage would be irresponsible and a disservice to our runners as a whole. Thank you for your understanding.

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What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellation Policy - The Mount Desert Island Marathon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Entry fees, including optional meal add-ons, coaching programs, club memberships, etc. are non-refundable. No exceptions. (See transfer and deferral information above.) This policy applies to all entrants and is in effect whether your plans change, you are injured, or have an unexpected family emergency / business emergency / medical emergency / etc. This means once you have paid your entry fee you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, or if the course has to be changed, or if the event is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster or other unforeseen circumstances. The race committee reserves the right to accept or reject any entries.

The race committee reserves the right to accept or reject any entries.

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RACE DAY FAQs

Where and when does each event start?

  • MARATHON
    • Marathon Start Time - 8:00AM
    • Marathon Start Location - 200 Main Street, Bar Harbor.
    • Marathon Information - Click HERE!
  • RELAY
    • Relay Start Time - 8:00AM
    • Relay Start Location - 200 Main Street, Bar Harbor.
    • Relay Information - Click HERE!
  • HALF-MARATHON
    • Half-Marathon Start Time - 8:30AM
    • Half-Marathon Start Location - 5 Manchester Road, Northeast Harbor.
    • Half-Marathon Information - Click HERE!
  • KIDS RUN
    • Kids Run Start Time - 9:15AM
    • Kids Run Start Location - 327 Main Street, Southwest Harbor
    • Kids Run Information - Click HERE!

All events finish at 327 Main Street in Southwest Harbor.
The course will close to all participants at 3:00PM.

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Where will I be able to park my car on race day?

There is plenty of parking in Bar Harbor the morning of the race. Many Bar Harbor lodging establishments are within walking distance of the marathon & relay start line / half-marathon shuttles loading area. Posted hourly parking bans are lifted over race weekend.

Please refer to the map included in your Race Handbook for a map with parking suggestions.

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Is baggage transportation available to send dry clothing from the start to the finish?

Yes.

  • MARATHON & RELAY:
    • We will provide a vehicle to transport runner's baggage to the finish area in Southwest Harbor.
    • You must check your small bag 30-minutes prior to the start of your race. No bags will be accepted after 7:30AM.
    • The baggage check will be stationed at the Village Green in Bar Harbor, near the start.
    • Please use the detachable name tag from the bottom of your race number to identify your bag.
    • Race officials are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please leave any and all valuables with family or friends. Unclaimed bags will be donated to charity.
  • HALF-MARATHON:
    • We will provide a vehicle to transport runner's baggage to the finish area in Southwest Harbor.
    • You must check your small bag 30-minutes prior to the start of your race. No bags will be accepted after 8:15AM.
    • The baggage check will be stationed at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor, about ¼-mile from the start.
    • Please use the detachable name tag from the bottom of your race number to identify your bag.
    • Race officials are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please leave any and all valuables with family or friends. Unclaimed bags will be donated to charity.

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Is there shuttle bus transportation for runners and spectators?

Yes. Buses will run between the Finish Line Festival in Southwest Harbor and theVillage Green in Bar Harbor (very near the starting line).

Note: Buses DO NOT follow the race course, but instead follow the most direct route. Buses will run continuously once filled from approximately 12-Noon until 4:00PM. (You will need to arrange other transportation if you are planning to leave Southwest Harbor after 4:00PM.)

*Please be aware that buses may face traffic delays!*

There are also several taxi services on Mount Desert Island, including:
 

Amazin' Moe'z Taxi (207) 266-1478
At Your Service Taxi Cab Co. (207) 288-9222
Bar Harbor Coastal Cab & Tours (207) 288-1222
Point-2-Point Taxi & Tours (207) 669-0220

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Who is eligible for awards and where can they be picked up?

MEDALLIONS
Every competitor who finishes the Mount Desert Island Marathon, Half-Marathon, or Team Relay will be awarded
the holy grail of medallions: Our world-famous CRUSHER CLAW!

 

AGE GROUP AWARDS
Marathon - Age group awards will be presented to the top 3 finishers, male and female in the following age categories: 19 & Under/ 20-29 / 30-34 / 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70-74 / 75-79 / 80+

Half-Marathon - Age group awards will be presented to the top 3, male and female in the following age categories: 19 & Under/ 20-29 / 30-39 / 40-49 / 50-59 / 60-69 / 70-79 / 80+

 

MDI AREA AWARDS
Awards will also be presented to the top three Mount Desert Island area resident finishers in both the Marathon & Half-Marathon.

 

TEAM RELAY
Awards will be presented to the top three teams in each division including 2-Person, 3-Person and Public Safety.

 

WHERE TO PICK UP AWARDS
There is no formal awards ceremony, with the exception of the top three overall finishers, male and female who will be recognized on the awards podium shortly after they finish.

You, or a friend/family member must be present to claim your age group award at the finish line. Awards will not be mailed! Please check posted results! There is a results tent with a member of the race timing crew ready and waiting to check your final standing. Awards may be picked up immediately at the end of the finisher's chute, in the results tent. (Please refer to the map in your Race Handbook.)

 

PRIZE MONEY
Our prize purse is as follows:

  • Marathon
    • 1st Overall Male & Female: $1000
    • 2nd Overall Male & Female: $500
    • 3rd Overall Male & Female: $250
      • Marathon time bonuses:
      • Sub-2:21 Men's Champion + $500
      • Sub-2:45 Ladies Champion + $500
        • Men's Marathon Course Record: 2:21:45, Dan Vassallo – 2016
        • Ladies Marathon Course Record: 2:49:13, Leah Thorvilson – 2014
  • Half-Marathon
    • 1st Overall Male & Female: $500
    • 2nd Overall Male & Female: $250
    • 3rd Overall Male & Female: $100
      • Half-Marathon time bonuses:
      • Sub-1:07 Men's Champion + $250
      • Sub-1:27 Ladies Champion + $250
        • Men's Half-Marathon Course Record: 1:07:44, Brian Harvey – 2015
        • Ladies Half-Marathon Course Record: 1:18:34, Michelle Lilienthal – 2016

Note: The MDI Marathon & Half-Marathon have a strict "no headphones" policy for those competing for cash prizes.

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How has the weather been in the past?

Race day temps average from about 42F to 57F. Click on each year below to see a detailed weather report for the day:

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RACE Course FAQs


Is the Marathon course sanctioned and certified and a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, the Marathon course is fully Sanctioned and Certified by United States of America Track and Field (USATF) and is a Boston Marathon Qualifier.

The distance is the international marathon standard of 26 miles 385 yards.

Certification Number: ME12018JK

If you are fortunate enough to run a Boston Marathon qualifying time your results will be automatically submitted to the Boston Athletics Association. You can learn more about the Boston Marathon HERE.

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How many fluid stations are on the course?

There are fluid replacement stations approximately every 2 miles. Lemon-Lime Gatorade and water will be offered at all stations. Assorted energy gel flavors will be available beginning at the Mile-16 fluids station. We recommend that you carry extra if you might need more, or prefer a particular flavor.

Note for late finishers: Water stops may gradually become self-serve, as our volunteers are assigned accordingly. The course will remain open to competitors until 3:00PM.

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Are there restrooms on the course?

Yes. There are port-a-johns on the course (spaced approximately every 5 miles) and at the start and finish.

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Are headsets allowed?

Noise cancelling headphones are strictly prohibited! Other headphones are allowed, but discouraged. In accordance with revised regulations of USATF, this event no longer bans the use of headsets while participating in our events. (Except for athletes competing for cash prizes; see below.)

However, the MDI Marathon recognizes the potential danger of wearing such devices as many parts of our course are shared with auto traffic and strongly urges participants NOT to use headphones.

If you still insist on wearing headphones, please keep the volume turned down low, and only run with one ear bud so you are aware of other participants and vehicular traffic.

According to Road Runners Club of America's tips for running safety:
"Don't wear headsets. Use your ears to be aware of the surroundings. Using headphones, you lose the use of an important sense-your hearing. Always stay alert and aware of what's going on around you. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are."

Note: The MDI Marathon & Half-Marathon will continue to enforce a "no headphones" policy for those competing for cash prizes.

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What items are NOT allowed on the course?

There are a number of items that are not allowed on the course including, participants running in the opposite direction of the race, runners not wearing a bib number, animals, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates or roller-blades.

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Can a friend shadow me on bicycle?

Yes and no: Only experienced bicyclists are permitted. They may NOT start or finish with the race. They must wait at least 20-minutes after the start before following. If course marshals see cyclists shadowing a runner before the 20-minute wait time they will be removed from the course and not allowed back on it. 

As for etiquette, all cyclists need to remember that this is a FOOT race. They must yield to every runner and walker, and cycle on the opposite side of the road. Again, if cyclists are found riding on the same side of the road as marathon participants, or if they are found cutting participants off, they will be removed from the course and not allowed back on. Cyclists will need to walk their bike from the 26-Mile mark to the finish -- they are not permitted to cross the finish line or ride into the finish chute.

NOTE: Only some portions of our course are closed to all vehicular traffic. Other portions of the course are open to local traffic. Cyclists are riding at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety and well-being. Cyclists will be held responsible should they cause ANY collision with runners or walkers. Cyclists DO NOT have the right of way at any time.

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Other FAQs

What is next year's race date?

The MDI Marathon is always held the Monday following Indigenous Peoples' Day. (aka: Columbus Day.) Our next three race dates are as follows:

October 14, 2018
October 20, 2019
October 18, 2020

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If didn't register can I "bandit" or use someone elses bib number?

No.

"Banditting" or "rogue running" a race is not allowed for many reasons. First, race officials have set a participant limit on the MDI Marathon to ensure that runners, volunteers, spectators, and local residents have a safe and enjoyable experience. We have planned course amenities, (i.e., water, and sports drinks, and medical assistance) based on that number. By running as a bandit, you're making the course more congested and taking race resources away from runners who've registered and paid for those benefits.

While it may seem like no big deal to give or sell your race bib to another person, it does present serious consequences to both the race organizers and the participant field alike. Race results and finisher's awards can be impacted and medical staff might not be able to identify a participant in need of treatment on the course. It is imperative that the person wearing the bib and taking part in the race is the same person that is in our registrant database.

If a person is caught wearing a bib that is registered to someone else, both parties will be banned from participating in future editions of the Mount Desert Island Marathon, Half-Marathon & Team Relay and all Crow Athletics events. The person wearing the bib will also be disqualified from any official results.

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What is "good race etiquette"?

If the MDI Marathon is your first race, or if you're still new to the sport, you may not be familiar with some of the "rules" -- both stated and unwritten:

  • Pay for your spot: Running in a race you haven't entered, also called "banditing" (see above), is not fair to race organizers, volunteers, and especially the people who have paid to participate. It's also unsafe, since race organizers plan their course amenities, such as water and sports drinks, and medical assistance based on the number of people who have signed up for the race. And overcrowded race conditions can lead to falls and other problems. Don't do it.
  • Line up properly: The MDI Marathon is a small event and since there are no starting corrals, runners must 'self-seed' themselves at the starting line. Nothing is more annoying to a runner at the start of a race than having to weave around slower runners after the gun goes off. Faster runners should line up at the front of the starting line, slower runners and walkers at the back. If you are unsure if you are lined up in the right place, ask some of your fellow nearby competitors their anticipated pace, and if it's faster than yours, move further back. The MDI Marathon is chip-timed, so the time it takes you to reach the starting line won't count in your final net time.
  • Don't jingle: Don't carry loose change or a set of keys in your pocket. Although it may not bother you, the constant jingling can be really annoying to those who are running near you.
  • Don't block the running path: If you're running with a group, don't run more than two abreast (i.e., 2 runners side-by-side), so others can pass you.
  • Show volunteers appreciation: Please say "Thank You!" to race volunteers who hand you water, put your medal around your neck, or otherwise help you. They're volunteering their time and the race would not be successful without them.
  • Thank supporters, too: Acknowledge race spectators who cheer for you as you pass them. If you're too tired to say "thanks," show them a smile, wave, or give them a thumbs up. It will make them feel good and encourage them to keep rooting for others.
  • Use caution at fluid stations: Water stations can get a bit chaotic and crowded. Use caution when running into a water stop and make sure you're not cutting off other runners or spilling water on them. If you're going to stop or slow down to walk through the water stop, make sure there's not a runner behind you.
  • Keep moving at the finish: Don't immediately stop at the finish line or in the chute. There will be runners coming in right behind you, so keep going until it's safe to come to a stop.
  • Don't be a glutton: Don't take more than your fair share of food and drinks at the finish line. The back of the pack runners will appreciate it when there are still enough goodies for them at the end.

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Is there a way I can support the mission of the MDI Marathon?

Yes. Please click HERE to get involved.

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What are the terms and conditions to participate?

Participation - Running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity. Runners should be medically able and properly trained to participate in the Mount Desert Island Marathon. The runner understands the risks associated with running this event, including, but not limited to, weather, traffic, course conditions and surfaces, falls and contact with other runners, volunteers, or spectators.

Medical Support - Medical support for this event will be provided by volunteer personnel who may be called upon to provide assistance, including first aid, during or after the event. Medical volunteers will assist participants as necessary or appropriate. By entering a Marathon event and participating, the entrant agrees to treatment by medical personnel, and also agrees to accept medical decisions about the entrant's fitness to participate or continue in the race.

Course (Marathon & Team Relay) - There is an 7-hour time limit beginning at 8:00AM. This means the course closes to participants at 3:00PM. Our course is open to local traffic in several locations.

Course (Half-Marathon) - There is an 4-hour time limit beginning at the 8:30AM start. Our course is open to local traffic in several locations.

Drug Testing - Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USA Track & Field rules and IAAF rule 144. Information regarding drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USOC Hot Line at 1-800-223-0393.

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How do I contact the race?

Please visit our the Contact Page HERE.

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