September 18, 2021

Join us in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine for a race like no other! Enjoy beautiful coastal scenery as you race to the finish line. All proceeds go to support the MDI YMCA. 

General Information
Race Director Contact: Jennifer Britz races@mdiymca.org

MDI YMCA Members!

Contact Jennifer for a discount code!

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 Carriage Roads. 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 Features

USAT & F Certified Half Marathon ME 11003JK good until 12/31/2021 

Prizes will be awarded for TOP 3 MEN AND WOMEN and 1st and 2nd in each age group (half-marathon and 5K)

Mile markers for all 13 miles

Six Water Stations (Stations are placed every 2-2.5 miles)

Post Race Refreshments 

Race Route and Course Details
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Award Groups for Half Marathon and 5K

Overall Top 3 for Men and Women

1st and 2nd Place Runners for:

  • Ages 19 and under

  • Ages 20-29

  • Ages 30-39

  • Ages 40-49

  • Ages 50-59

  • Ages 60-69

  • Ages 70+

Top MDI Female and Top MDI Male

Course Records

Men: Paul McGovern 1:07:06 (1991)

Women: Joan Benoit 1:17:06 (1997)

Frequently Asked Questions

The MDI YMCA will be following all local, state and federal guidelines to ensure the safety of our participants, volunteers and community. This may include a staggered start in waves, the use of masks, an after race snack bag to-go, and a rolling awards ceremony to decrease gathering sizes. Currently, the State of Maine requires all out of state visitors to complete a 10-day quarantine OR provide a negative COVID test taken no more than 3 days prior to arrival in Maine (NH and VT are exempt).


Since guidelines change weekly, we will be updating all participants with the final information as we get closer to Race Day. 

More information on Maine guidelines can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/


When and where does the half marathon begin?  
Race Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 

Start time: 7:00am for runners and 6:00am for walkers. 

Where: Main Street next to the baseball fields, across from the MDI YMCA

When and where does the 5K begin? 
5K start time: ALL 5K Participants start at 7:30am.  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 17th from 2pm-7:00pm at the MDI YMCA, 21 Park Street, Bar Harbor.  Saturday pick up is EXTREMELY ~ EXTREMELY limited (prior arrangements must be made with race director Jennifer Britz at races@mdiymca.org.

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.  This year our course will take a different route through Acadia National Park due to park maintenance. We will return to our usual Acadia National Park course in 2022. The 2021 course is NOT certified. 

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 2 bathrooms on the course itself. The race course restrooms are near the water stations at (approx) mile 4 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 6:00am to ensure all race participants are out of the park by 9:15am. Please note, ALL 5K participants start at the same time: 7:30am whether you are walking or running.

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 & 5k finisher receives a custom medal.

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. Parking by meter and kiosk are available on downtown roadways. Please note that many side streets are signed as "Permit Parking Only." Please obey all parking regulations or you will be ticketed by the Bar Harbor Police Department. 

What are my lodging options?  

For lodging options contact the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Their website has a list of campgrounds, motels, and hotels.  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.

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