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40th Annual Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Half Marathon and Fall 5k

41th Annual
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Half Marathon and Fall 5K
Saturday, September 15, 2018  7:30am -


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Thank you 2017 Half Marathon Race Sponsors:





MD Spring Water  





Race Director's Contact Information: Jennifer VanDongen:

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USAT & F Certified (ME11003JK)


*Shirt size not guaranteed after July 7, 2017.

Course Description
Race Information

Race Features

  • Prizes Men’s & Women’s Overall 1-3 place and 1 and 2 in each age group
  • USAT & F Certified Half Marathon ME 11003JK good until 12/31/2021
  • Mile markers for all 13 miles
  • Six Water Stations every 2 – 2.5 miles
  • Post-Race Refreshments

Half Marathon Award Divisions (Awards by Maine Coast Creations)

  • 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+

5K Award Divisions

  • Overall Top 3 for Men & Women

Awards to 1st & 2nd place in each age group:

  • Age 9 & under
  • Age 10 - 19
  • Age 20 - 29
  • Age 30 – 39
  • Age 40 – 49
  • Age 50 – 59
  • Age 60 – 69
  • Age 70 - 79
  • Age 80+

Race Services
Water is available in 6 locations on the course 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 largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the Half Marathon help fund all of the MDI Y’s 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. 

Race Maps
Click Here for Half Marathon course map.
Click Here for the 5K course map.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where does the half marathon begin? 
Race Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2017  Start time:  7:30am for runners and 6:30am for walkers.  Where: Adjacent to the MDI YMCA (21 Park St. Bar Harbor)

When and where does the 5K begin?
5K start time: ALL 5K Participants start at 8:00am.  Where: In front of China Joy Restaurant, Main Street, Bar Harbor  (just down the street from the Y)

When can I pick up my race packet?
Friday, September 15th from noon-7:00pm.  Saturday pick up is EXTREMELY ~ EXTREMELY limited (prior arrangements must be made with race director Jennifer VanDongen at

What is the course like?  The course is a ½ marathon, 13.1 miles. It is a challenging loop course, with the start and finish at the Bar Harbor athletic field across from the MDI YMCA.  Nine miles of the course are on Acadia National Park's carriage roads, offering a car free, excellent running surface.  This is the only half marathon that runs through a national park.

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 at (approx) mile 5 and also at (approx) mile 10.

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 6:30am to ensure all race participants are out of the park by 9:30am. Please note, ALL 5K participants start at the same time: 8:00am whether you are walking or running.

What are the course records?  For thirty five years, runners have been logging excellent times on this challenging course. The men's certified course record is held by Louis Luchini (2009) 1:09:11. Joan Benoit Samuelson (1997) holds the women's record 1:17:06.

Do I get a shirt?  Every pre-registered half marathon runner and walker is guaranteed a t-shirt and a custom award. The first 50 to register for the 5K will be guaranteed a t-shirt. 

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 half marathon finisher receives a custom award.

How about parking?  The Y offers free parking as well as at the athletic field adjacent to the Y.  Additional free parking is available roadside.

What are my lodging options?  The Acadia Inn is our lodging sponsor. When you reserve a room with them, mention that you are a participant in our race and you will receive a discount. For other 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.

Refunds?  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 400 runners may participate. This means lots of elbow room along the course. Registration Fee for race includes the cost of a National Park Pass. This will be included in your race packet. Park passes are Individual passes and are good for one week.

Do you have a pre-race dinner?  No. There will not be a pre-race dinner this year. There will be a post-race party near the finish line with water/gatorade, snacks and ice cream.