Kids Run

2018 Registration is OPEN!

The 7th edition of our Kids Run will be held in Northeast Harbor on Saturday October 13th, the day before our marathon/half/relay!

The Kids Run is FREE! (You still need to sign up in advance!) This free event has been made possible by sponsors in the Northeast Harbor community that are generously supporting our kids! Please shop graciously and thank all merchants.

Remember: All attendees must register to participate. T-shirts and medals only go to the first 150 kids that sign-up!

Kids Run Overview

Our Kids Run the MDI Marathon program encourages a positive relationship with physical activity and cuts down on screen time by utilizing a real running log and rewarding significant milestones with certificates of achievement.

Hey KIDS! Are your ready to RUN a marathon?

Here's how it works: After you are officially signed up to participate you will start running and tracking your miles on the official Kids Run Log.

A marathon is 26.2 miles. You will run and log the first 25 miles on your own, with your family, or even with a group of friends.

After everyone has logged their 25 miles, we will all join together in Northeast Harbor on SATURDAY  to run the last mile together and cross the kids run finish line in front of cheering spectators in downtown Northeast Harbor! Kids Run race medals will be awarded at the finish.

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Kids Run Registration

2018 REGISTRATION is Open!!

What is included!

  • Printable training log to check off each mile of the marathon!

  • Printable certificates of achievement!

  • Kids Run shirt! - limited to the first 250 who sign up, sizes not guaranteed after October 1st

  • Personalized Kids Run bib number! - must be signed up by September 1st

  • Kids Run CRUSHER CLAW finisher's medal!

  • Mount Desert Nursery School is the official beneficiary!

Online registration closes: October 8, 2018

 You may also sign up in person at the Pre-Race Expo or on kids run morning beginning at 10:00AM
NOTE: Registration for the Kids Run is limited, and may close without notice.
We recommend signing up in advance if you are planning to participate. Shirts and medals to the first 250 who sign up.

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Kids Run Confirmed Entrants

Click HERE to confirm that you are registered to run.

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Kids Run General Information

Running log & certificates ➤kids run

 Your running log and certificate information will be included in the confirmation email that is sent at the time of registration. (Be sure and check you spam folder and print your training log and your achievement certificates as you earn them!)

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pre-race check-in & Bib numbers ➤kids run

All children need to be checked in prior to the Kids Run start time. You may check your child in at the Pre-Race Health & Fitness Expo (Friday: 3PM-7PM, Saturday 10AM-5PM) or on Kids Run Day! (New his year, on Saturday morning!) The start and finish is located on Main Street in downtown Northeast Harbor (see below for details). Check-in is at 10AM before the Kids Run starts promptly at 11AM.

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The beneficiary of the Kids Run is Mount Desert Nursery School. In addition to important race weekend volunteers, MDNS also hosts the very popular Marathon Art Auction!

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Kids Run Race Day Information

Start TIME & Location ➤kids run

October 13th, 2018 - 11AM (eastern time)
124 Main Street, Northeast Harbor, Maine, 04662.

The Kids Run will start and finish near the Great Harbor Maritime Museum located in the heart of town.

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Race Day Parking ➤kids run

Do not park at the start/finish area.  Please park at the marina and walk up the hill to town. The start and finish is at 124 Main Street near the Great Harbor Maritime Museum.

Parking is available in the following locations:

  • Northeast Harbor Marina

  • Behind Great Harbor Maritime Museum

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There is no time limit for the Kids Run. However, if you find that you're the caboose, we suggest moving safely to the side to allow cars to pass.

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Medallions ➤kids run

Kids Run finishers will receive a kid-sized signature crusher claw medallion after they complete the race.
(Kids need to be wearing their official bib number on the front of their shirts during the race to receive their award. Medals to the first 250 who sign up and finish. Sorry we can't mail medals if you can't attend.)

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Finishing & Post-Race ➤kids run

We invite all Kids Run finishers and their families to explore downtown Northeast Harbor and enjoy the many shops and fun places in this quaint picturesque town. This is the route the MDI Marathon will take the next day and downtown Northeast Harbor a great spot to cheer on the runners as they pass thru town at the 12.3 mile mark!

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Final Mile Rules of the road ➤kids run

The Northeast Harbor Police Department will be providing an escort for the Kids Run.

The Kids Run course will remain open to local and race-related traffic. (Traffic is very light.) However, if you find that you are unable to keep up with the group, please move safely to the side.

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Course Information

Course Directions ➤kids run

The Kids Run starts & finishes near the Great Harbor Maritime Museum, 124 Main Street, Northeast Harbor, Maine 04662.

  • Start SOUTH on Main Street, Northeast Harbor

  • Stay straight on Rock End Road

  • Turn LEFT on Barnacle Way/ Maple Lane

  • Turn RIGHT on South Shore Road

  • Turn RIGHT on Cove End Road

  • Turn RIGHT on Neighborhood Road

  • Turn LEFT on Main Street and run back to the finish!

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Course Map & Profile ➤kids run

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A note to Parents

One of the many goals of the Mount Desert Island Marathon is to motivate and inspire everyone in our community, including children. Our Kids Run will help motivate and challenge the next generation to get-up, get-out, and RUN! Running is fun, builds self-esteem and boasts a number of health benefits for children, teens, and people of all ages.

Our program is geared primarily for children in Kindergarten thru 8th Grade, but all children that wish to participate are welcome. Each participant will run and log 25 miles over the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Kids anywhere can participate!

After your child is signed up you will receive a confirmation email with additional information including a link to a printable running log, and links for incremental mileage certificates.

Finally, on Kids Run morning, Saturday, October 14th all children who have completed their first 25 miles will join together in Northeast Harbor and run the Final Mile together. They will get to experience the thrill of crossing the official Kids Run Finish Line where they will be greeted by cheering spectators and awarded medals!

We encourage all kids, both those that live here, and those who will be coming from away to cheer on family members who are participating in race weekend events, to sign up today!

All kids must be signed up in advance. Shirts and medals to the first 250 who register!



Our MDI Marathon Kids Run has been made possible (and FREE) because of the generosity of these amazing Northeast Harbor businesses. Please click the logos below to learn more and patronize them profusely. Thank You!


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 & deferral information on FAQ Page.) 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.

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