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Acadia Half Marathon & 10K

5th Annual
MDI YMCA Acadia Half Marathon & 10K
Sunday, June 4, 2017

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 RESULTS 2016:
Half Marathon Overall Results Here and 10K Overall Results Here

Half Award Categories Here and 10K Award Categories Here

2016 Race PHOTOS HERE!

Thank you to all of our volunteers, runners, walkers and
our timers Brian and Liddy at

Please watch our website for information about next year's race!

Please scroll to the very bottom of the page for previous year race results.

Thank you to our 2016 Race Sponsors:

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Half Marathon General Information


Race Director Contact Information
Lindsey Doyle

Course Description
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 second 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.

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!  Walkers are able to enjoy the beauty of Acadia at a slower pace and are encouraged to participate!



Race Information

Race Features

Half Marathon Award Divisions 

  • 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+

10K Award Divisions

  • Overall Top 3 for Men & Women

Congrats 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+

Every finisher of the Half-Marathon and 10K receive a commemorative award. 

Race Services
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.

Race Charity
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.

Dogs and Baby Strollers
Sorry, dogs and baby strollers are not allowed on the course.

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.

10K Course Map Here.

Race FAQs

When and where does the half marathon begin?
Race Date: Stay tuned for our 2017 Spring Half Marathon Date
Start Time:  7:00am for runners and 6:00am for walkers.
Where: Adjacent to the MDI YMCA (21 Park St. Bar Harbor)

When and where does the 10K begin?
Race Date: 2017 Race TBA
Start Time:  7:00am for all runners.
Where: Adjacent to the MDI YMCA (21 Park St. Bar Harbor)

When can I pick up my race packet?  

What is the half marathon 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.

What is the 10K course like?
The course is a 10K, 6.2 miles. It is a challenging down and back 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 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?
Yes. We ask that walkers start at 6:00am to ensure that all participants are out of the park by 9:00am.

What are the course records?
The men's certified course record is held by local Matt Homich, (2015) 1:19:02 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. Every
pre-registered runner is guaranteed a short sleeve tech t-shirt and a custom finish 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?   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.   The closest motel to the start and finish line is the Cromwell Harbor Motel at 207-288-3201.

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 300 runners may participate.

How do I register?
Please see the top of this page.

What do you mean, I need a park pass?
The Acadia Half Marathon runs through Acadia National Park. The Park Service requires that all runners must have a park pass to enter the park during the race. By registering for the race you purchase a Park Pass. It will be included in your Race Packet. 

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 the Race Directors at