Course features breathtaking view of Acadia National Park and Maine’s rocky coastline. It is a Spectacular 13.1 mile course traveling on the scenic Acadia National Park Loop road. The third largest island on the eastern seaboard, Mount Desert Island boasts an impressive 41,000 acres of land devoted to the Northeast’s only National Park, Acadia - an amazing array of mountains and sea, cliffs and coastline.
USAT & F CERTIFIED (ME12020JK) This half marathon is fortunate to be one of only a couple of races of its kind held in Acadia National Park.
Walkers are able to enjoy the beauty of Acadia at a slower pace and are encouraged to participate!
NEW START TIME FOR RUNNERS AND WALKERS: 7:00am Sharp! Please scroll to the very bottom of the page for previous year race results.
- Overall Top 3 for Men & Women
Awards to 1st & 2nd place in each age group:
- Age 19 & under
- Age 20 - 29
- Age 30 – 39
- Age 40 – 49
- Age 50 – 59
- Age 60 – 69
- Age 70 - 79
- Age 80+
Water is available at the start and at the finish of the race. The start and finish of the race is ¼ mile from the MDI YMCA. Runners are welcome to use the YMCA to stretch, shower, relax or socialize before and after the race. The YMCA has a 25-yard, 6-lane pool, full fitness center, gymnasium, game room and a small indoor track. For Half Marathoners staying in town before or after race day, the MDI YMCA is pleased to offer a half price rate on our day usage fee, families included.
This race is the MDI YMCA’s 2nd largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the Half Marathon help fund our scholarship program. The MDI YMCA is the cornerstone of youth development and recreational activities on the island. Since 1900 the YMCA has been strengthening and enhancing the lives of island families through its programs and services. Specifically, the Y’s scholarship fund enables families to thrive with the support of childcare for the single or dual working parents, it supports young people that need a safe and supportive environment to come to after school, engages active older adults who want to maintain an active lifestyle through low-impact fitness and aquatics exercise classes, and enables families wanting to provide an opportunity for their children to compete in competitive basketball and swim team programs. Your participation in the half marathon helps the MDI YMCA keep our doors open to the public on a year round basis. Thank you for your support.
2014 Race Fee: $80. Due to a limited amount of spaces in the race, race fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
NEW: Little Sister’s Creative Youth Studio offering crafts for children 4 and up for a fee. AT THE Y!
Little Sister’s Creative Youth Studio & Playtime at the Y! Ages 4+. 3 Hour Max Limit. $30 for 1 child; $50 for 2 children. Drop off your child at the Y up to 30 minutes before the race start time and pick up after you are done racing. We will be doing a variety of crafts, including a congratulations card for parents, running shoe crafts, drawing stations, and a special surprise craft for parents after the race. There will be supervised play time for kids in our indoor Wolf’s Den Play Center or gymnasium. Reservations are required. Ages 4+. 3 Hour Max Limit.
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor is the heart and soul of Maine’s coastal heritage. Nestled between the mountains of Acadia National Park and the crystal blue Atlantic Ocean, the town of Bar Harbor is a vibrant and historic community of artists, writers, lobster fisherman and outdoor enthusiasts. The MDI YMCA is located in the very heart of downtown Bar Harbor, near many restaurants, galleries and shops. The waterfront is just a 10-minute walk down the street from the Y. Bar Harbor is located on Mount Desert Island, which is divided by Somes Sound, the only natural fjord on the east coast of the United States. The island’s unique topography was shaped by glaciers and is enhanced by the magnificent ocean, woodlands, waterways and mountains. Acadia National Park occupies 41,000 acres of land with its spectacular granite mountains and miles of pristine, rugged coastline. Acadia offers activities and adventures for all ages. On the other side of the island, beautiful towns like Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor are also waiting to be explored. These towns are just a short drive from Bar Harbor, where you will find beautiful galleries, shops, campgrounds and excellent dining options. Hiking, biking and sailing the coastal waters on “the quiet side” are also special treats.
Dogs and Baby Strollers
Sorry, dogs and baby strollers are not allowed on the course.
When and where does the half marathon begin?
Race Date: Sunday, June 1st, 2014
NEW Half Start Time: 7:00am for runners and walkers.
Where: Adjacent to the MDI YMCA (21 Park St. Bar Harbor)
When can I pick up my race packet?
Friday, May 30th 2014 4pm-7:00pm or Saturday May 31st Noon-4:00pm or Race Day starting at 6:00am
What is the course like?
The course is a ½ marathon, 13.1 miles. It is a challenging loop course, with the start about ¼ mile from the Y and finish across the street from the YMCA.
Are there adequate bathroom facilities?
Yes! And they are real bathrooms – not porta-potties! We have 11 bathrooms available at the start & finish of the race and 4 bathrooms on the course itself. The race course restrooms are near the water stations and are located on the race course map.
Can we take a shower after the race?
The MDI YMCA offers free, full locker room shower facilities for runners on race day.
Can we walk the race?
NEW PLEASE NOTE: Half Marathon runners/walker/joggers all start at 7:00am this year.
What are the course records?
The men's certified course record is held by local business owner Tom St. Germain, (2103) 1:27:13 and Breanna Kelly (2013) holds the women’s record 1:41:16
Are there cash prizes?
No. We have great, unique, locally made products and gift certificates for the winners
Do I get a shirt?
Every pre-registered runner is guaranteed a short sleeve t-shirt and a custom finish award.
Are there enough water and sports drinks on the course?
We have 6 water stations with sports drink included at miles 5 and 10.
Do I get an award, even if I come in last?
Yes! Every finisher receives a custom award.
How about parking?
The Y offers free parking and there is a parking lot across the street at the athletic field. Additional free parking is available roadside.
What are my lodging options? Cromwell Harbor Motel Ideal location for the race, it is less than a half mile from the start of the race! Race Special: Standard room rates $98 (normally $108). Premium room rate $78 (normally $88-$98). See Rates for other times of the year and the cancellation policy. Rates are valid for May 31st and June 1st only. Subject to availability. You may book the room online or by phone. If you book online please fill in the “special request” section saying you are booking for the YMCA half marathon. All normal policies apply.
Contact the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Many people who participate in this race lengthen their stays in order to further explore Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island.
Due to a limited amount of spaces in the race, and the fact that this is an important fundraiser for the YMCA, race fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Is this race capped?
Yes. Due to Acadia National Park permit restrictions, only 250 runners may participate.
How do I register?
Please see the top of this page.
Do you have a pre-race dinner?
We do not have a pre-race pasta party. We will include local restaurants coupons for you to take advantage of the night before or after the race.
Can my friends or family help on race day?
Yes! Although we have a dedicated team of local volunteers, we can always use more help. We have all kinds of tasks for all ages. Kids can help with food prep; adults and kids can help out at water stations, at course monitoring and after race clean up. Contact Race Director Becky Carroll to volunteer at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Race Route and Course Details
Course Map. Volunteers are stationed at all intersections to cheer you on and to help you turn in the right direction. Please Click Here for a Step-by-Step Race Route Guide that you can print out.
Nate Jillette Photography from the 2013 race Photos of our Runners/Walkers/Joggers