Marathon Registration

2020 registration will open at 9am on Monday, October 21st, 2019.
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  • Marathon Registration Fee Schedule:

    • $75 - October 21, 2019 until 11:59PM (ET) on November 3, 2019

    • $95 - November 4, 2019 until 11:59PM (ET) on December 31, 2019

    • $100 - January 1, 2020 until 11:59PM (ET) on March 31, 2020

    • $105 - April 1, 2020 until 11:59PM (ET) on May 31, 2020

    • $115 - June 1, 2020 until 11:59PM (ET) on August 31, 2020

    • $125 - September 1, 2020 until capacity met

2020 Marathon Registration Deadline: September 1st

No new registrations will be accepted at the Pre-Race Expo. There is no day of race registration.

Registration for the Marathon is limited and may close before the published registration deadline without notice. The race committee recommends signing up well in advance if you are training and planning to participate.

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Confirmed Marathon Entrants

Click HERE to confirm that you are registered to run.

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Marathon General Information

Start TIME & Location ➤Marathon

October 18, 2020 - 8:00AM (eastern time)
200 Main Street, Bar Harbor - Maine

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There is an 7-hour course limit. This means that you must be able to maintain an average pace of 16-minutes per mile.

The course and finish line will close at 3:00PM for all events.

Please note: There is no Early Start. All Marathon participants start at 8:00AM.

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Pre-Race Expo ➤Marathon

Bib numbers and other race materials must be picked up at our Pre-Race Health & Fitness Expo, located at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel's event center. Expo hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 3PM - 7PM

  • Saturday: 10AM - 5PM

  • Address: 119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

There is no day of race registration or bib number pick-up. Please plan accordingly.

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Bib Numbers ➤Marathon

Marathon participants will be assigned color-coded personalized bib numbers, based on the following criteria:

  • Blue: Experienced Marathoner

    • (You have completed at least one marathon.)

  • Green: Greenhorn

    • (This is your first Marathon -- you picked a good one!)

  • Purple: Charity Fundraiser

    • (You are taking your marathon Beyond the Finish Line by fundraising through our CrowdRise platform.)

Bib numbers should be worn visibly on your FRONT.

Please keep your personal information (submitted at the time of registration) up to date! If you change from a Greenhorn to an Experienced Marathoner, be sure to let us know. You can update your personal information by following the directions found on our FAQ page.

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All parking options in downtown Bar Harbor are an easy walk to the starting line, located at 200 Main Street.

Please note that both paid and permit parking rules are not enforced until 12:00PM on Sunday. (This means that you will need to pre-pay for parking; if you select two hours, you will be able to park until 2PM.) See complete parking guidelines and maps online HERE.

DO NOT park on Main Street south of the starting line! (i.e., the marathon course.)

Paid and permit parkin grules in Bar Harbor will be enforced during MDI Marathon weekend. See included map of downtown Bar Harbor for parking locations. In addition to paid parking, there is also free parking available at Conners-Emerson School, located at 11 Eagle Lake Road. Finally, permit parking will be lifted on race day on the following streets: Glen Mary Road, Shannon Road, Park Street, and lower Ledgelawn Ave (south of Park Street only).

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The baggage check vehicle will be stationed at the Village Green in Bar Harbor, very near the start. You must check your bag 30-minutes prior to the race start. No bags will be accepted after 7:30AM. Bags will be transported to the Finish Line in Southwest Harbor.

When packing your checked bag, keep in mind that the Finish Line Shuttle Buses back to Bar Harbor don't start running until 12:00PM. Be sure to include a few warm layers so you'll be comfortable as you cheer on your fellow race finishers!

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.

All bags are subject to security screenings.

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Finish Line Shuttle Buses ➤Marathon

There is free shuttle bus transportation from the Finish Line in Southwest Harbor, back to the Village Green in Bar Harbor.

Shuttles will begin running from Southwest Harbor back to Bar Harbor at approximately 12:00PM.

Buses will load in the Bar Harbor Bank parking lot and run continuously once filled until approximately 4:00PM. 

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AWARDS ➤Marathon

Medallions: All finishers will receive the holy grail of medallions: Our world-famous CRUSHER CLAW!

Podium: The top three overall finishers (male and female) will be recognized on the awards podium shortly after they finish.

  • Marathon Prize Purse:

    • 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 Course Record: 2:21:45, Dan Vassallo – 2016

      • Ladies Course Record: 2:49:13, Leah Thorvilson – 2014

Age-Group: Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers, in the following age groups: 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

MDI Area: The top-3 male and female Mount Desert Island area residents to finish will also be awarded.

Note: There is no formal awards ceremony. Age-Group and MDI Area winners may claim their awards as divisions are filled. It is the competitor’s responsibility to check posted results and claim their award near the finishing area before they leave. Awards will not be mailed.

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Marathon Course Information

Course Description ➤Marathon

USATF Sanctioned & Certified: ME12018JK

Our 26.2-mile foot race begins in downtown Bar Harbor, where the first mile out is slightly downhill, which will allow runners to warm up before the first hill; a 150-foot climb from mile one to mile three. This incline will carry runners over the ridge between Champlain and Dorr Mountains. Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the immediate Atlantic Coast at 1,532 feet, will cast its shadow on the early miles of the course.

Route 3 then gives back a downhill sweep from miles three to six in the village of Otter Creek, where runners meet the sea and those famous ragged cliffs & headlands at the southeast tip of the Island. The small hill from mile six to seven will not be noticeable because runners will enjoy spectacular scenery along the Hunters Beach Trail.

There is a long, gradual downhill from mile seven to mile nine, then a series of rolling, curving vistas which overlook Seal Harbor, and the Cranberry Isles. At mile 10 rolling hills reveal unparalleled scenes, and the village of Northeast Harbor is visible across the ocean. Runners will enter Northeast Harbor, one of six villages along the course --quaint and attractive all-- and reach the halfway mark just beyond the town. (Site of the Half-Marathon Start.)

The halfway point is also near the mouth of the only true fjord on the Atlantic Coast, lined with the pink granite that makes up most of the area, Somes Sound nearly bisects the entire Island. The second half of the race is literally on the edge of this remarkable topographical marvel.

The low point on the course, will come at mile 16 along the eastern shore of Somes Sound. This is followed by a slight rise to mile 17, and then a sharp incline from 17 to 18, heading up to the cliffs of the interior end of the fjord. Running hills makes for powerful camaraderie. Mile 19 is a giveback downhill, and then the gradual ascent from mile 20 to 25 begins in Somesville, the quintessential New England village.

Mile 25 will be the high point of the course, literally and figuratively, and affording great views. And it will be all downhill from there. The final 1.2 miles to the finish line in charming Southwest Harbor descends; yes, that last 2,000 meters will be all down. But what a sky-high feeling of accomplishment it will bring!

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Course Map & Profile ➤Marathon

Click HERE to view on MapMyRun

Rules of the road ➤Marathon

The Marathon, Half-Marathon, and Team Relay are all run on the same course. The Marathon & Team Relay start in Bar Harbor, while the Half-Marathon starts in Northeast Harbor.

Portions of our course are open to local traffic. Please be respectful of our neighbors who are sharing their roads with us. Course marshals and public safety officials will be directing traffic at key intersections. Please be aware of vehicles around you. If wearing headphones, which we strongly discourage, please remove one ear bud and keep the volume down. (Noise cancelling headphones are strictly prohibited!)

The Marathon route has been certified at 26 miles 385 yards (42.195km) by USATF. (Certification #ME12018JK) The certification sanctions the Mount Desert Island Marathon as a direct qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

As part of our USATF course certification, this marathon distance has been measured and certified on the LEFT side of the road, FACING oncoming traffic.  Do not run far out in the traffic lane, or cross the center line, over to the right side of the road or you will not be running the entire 26-mile, 385-yard distance, and you will risk being disqualified.It is very important to note that parts of the course will remain OPEN to local & volunteer automobile traffic.

The ONLY sections of the course closed to thru-traffic are along Cooksey Drive approaching Seal Harbor (approx. miles 6.2 to 8.3) and along Somes Sound on Sargeant Drive headed out of Northeast Harbor (approx. miles 12.3 -17.5). On these sections of the course that are closed to thru traffic, runners should use caution, but may take the shortest possible paved route, on either side of the road, to cover the accurate marathon distance. (Note: Even on the sections of the course closed to thru-traffic, there may been limited local traffic or course volunteers.)

It is the participant’s responsibility to know the course.

Disqualification: Anyone seen running or walking on the RIGHT side of the course, (except along Cooksey Drive or Sargeant Drive –see above) will be doing so in an unsafe manner and in violation of the rules of the event. Since the course has been measured on the LEFT facing traffic any such violation may result in running less than the full distance and the participant risks immediate disqualification.

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Marathon Past Results

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Men’s Champions

2018 Jake Shoemaker 2:30:32
2017 Bryan Morseman 2:28:18
2016 Dan Vassallo 2:21:45*
2015 Michael Crouch 2:26:55
2014 Nicholas Mangan 2:38:53
2013 Louis Luchini 2:32:55
2012 Louis Luchini 2:30:41
2011 Michael Wardian 2:32:36
2010 Louis Luchini 2:31:54
2009 David Herr 2:35:22
2008 David Herr 2:36:45
2007 David Herr 2:37:44
2006 David Herr 2:35:16
2005 Judson Cake 2:32:14
2004 Judson Cake 2:33:01
2003 David Herr 2:34:24
2002 David Herr 2:34:31

Women’s Champions

2018 Leah Nook Frost 2:49:06*
2017 Leah Nook Frost 3:05:02
2016 Leah Frost 2:54:32
2015 Leah Frost 2:49:44
2014 Leah Thorvilson 2:49:13
2013 Leah Frost 2:59:45
2012 Heather Carlson 3:08:29
2011 Leah Jabbour 3:01:22
2010 Leah Jabbour 3:06:04
2009 Amanda Labelle 3:03:28
2008 Jenna Krajewski 3:03:02
2007 Judi Chiavetta 3:04:42
2006 Debra Moreau 3:16:24
2005 Lara Judson 3:26:06
2004 Christine Ganz 3:10:02
2003 Lara Judson 3:07:03
2002 Kim Pursley-Goff 3:09:42

Leah Frost, Leah Thorvilson, and Leah Jabbour are three different, individual women. Down East Magazine named the Mount Desert Island Marathon Maine's Prettiest, Leah-est Marathon” in their Acadia Centennial special!


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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