The Millinocket Marathon & Half
December 8, 2018
"Don't Run Millinocket for what you get;
Run Millinocket for what you give!"
• RUnner'S WorLD - HERE
• Competitor - HERE
• Downeast Magazine - HERE
NEW FOR 2017! (stay tuned for 2018 Sea To Summit!)
We are VERY pleased to announce that the Millinocket Marathon & Half has joined forces with the Mount Desert Island Marathon, Half & Relay to create the first ever Maine Sea to Summit Race Series, featuring a special finishers medallion! Click HERE to learn more.
This FREE event was started in 2015 to help a struggling Maine mill town that has been devastated by the closing of their major employer. Runner's World Magazine picked up the story shortly after our first edition and the rest is.... as they say, history!
The only requirement for runners is that they generously support local businesses and contribute to the Katahdin region in some way.
Participants are strongly encouraged to make lodging plans now as many properties fill to capacity very quickly. (see lodging links below) There are many nearby towns and Bangor Maine is just over an hour away.
In the spirit of leaving more than our footprints in Millinocket and in the Katahdin region we have also set up fundraisers in support of two important local non-profit organizations including:
Please contribute generously.
Thank You VERY Much!
2017 Race Happenings
(scroll down to see all the amazing things that are happening and make plans NOW to attend!
(NOTE: These were 2017 events, '2018 Race Happenings' will be added as they are developed.)
- **IMPORTANT** NEW! FREE bus transportation to and from Millinocket hotels & parking to registration and to the race start, please click HERE
(please use these provided buses and DO NOT attempt to park near the race start. Using these buses will allow us to grow our event and show appreciation to this generous community for making them available. Keep in mind the race is FREE!)
Bib Number Pickup & Artisan Fair; December 8 & 9, 2017. Stearns High School, 199 State St, Millinocket, Maine 04462
- Friday, Dec 8th - from 12 noon to 8:00pm
- Saturday, Dec 9th - (RACE DAY) from 6:00am to 4:00pm (come shop for after race goodies!)
As we all know this event was created solely to help the town & people of Millinocket, and the entire Katahdin region. It was never our intention for the town or region to have to do anything for us... Well, as we also know it's not how real Mainer's roll and the entire region is both excited and energized! With that said, there are many, many dinners, activities and other things planned. PLEASE please patronize all of these events: (Note: keep checking here for more updates and additions to race weekend!)
- Dec 8, 2017 - Spaghetti OR Pancake Dinner; 4:00 - 7:00pm - American Legion Riders Post #80, 970 Central Street, Millinocket, Maine 04462 : Details HERE - Tickets HERE
- Dec 8, 2017 - Christmas Concert; 6:00pm - Family Worship Center, 100 Aroostook Ave, Millinocket, Maine 04462- HERE
- Dec 8, 2017 - The Millinocket Marathon & Half Variety Show; 6:30pm - Walker Auditorium at Stearns High School, 199 State St, Millinocket, Maine 04462
Details: Come and enjoy a night of music and dance before the big race! This promises to be an event for all ages!! Donations are Welcome! All proceeds benefit the Millinocket Performing Arts Boosters
- Dec 8, 2017 - Second Annual HWYRT Crankle 2K; 7:00pm to 7:30pm - Blue Ox Saloon, 61 Penobscot Ave, Millinocket Maine 04462
(note: HWYRT strongly encourages a $5.00 donation to the Millinocket Public Library as your entry fee.)
Details & Sign up HERE.
Donate to the library HERE.
- Dec 8, 2017 - So This Is Fitness LIVE Podcast;
7:45pm to 9:00pm - Blue Ox Saloon, 61 Penobscot Ave, Millinocket, Maine 04462
- Dec 8 & 9, 2017 - Bib number pickup & Artisan Fair;
Friday, Dec 8th - 12 noon to 8:00pm
- Saturday, Dec 9th - (RACE DAY) 6:00am to 4:00pm - Stearns High School, 199 State St, Millinocket, Maine 04462 - HERE
- Dec 9, 2017 - Marathon Breakfast; 7:00am to 12 noon - Northern Timber Cruisers, Millinocket Lake Road, Millinocket Maine 04462. (note: this venue is located on the race route!) - HERE
- Dec 9, 2017 - Dance Millinocket with DJ Bill Lyons; 7:00pm to 11:00pm - Elks Club, 213 Aroostook Ave, Millinocket Maine 04462. Advance tickets are highly recommended. (last year this event sold out!) Send $10 per ticket via PayPal to: morrisonKM9@gmail.com
(your name and the number of tickets your purchased will be on the VIP reservation list at the door!)
Dec 9, 2017 - Marathon Karaoke/Open Mic;
7:00pm -1:00am - American Legion Riders Post #80, 970 Central Street, Millinocket, Maine 04462 - HERE
- Dec 9, 2017 - Ugly Sweater Party - New England Outdoor Center NEOC;
7:00pm -10:00pm - River Drivers Restaurant, 30 Twin Pines Road, Millinocket, Maine 04462 - HERE
Just dOWNLOAD the FREE APP FROM DiscoverKatahdin.com to know what, when & where things are happening IN MILLINOCKET!!!!
(click on the marathon & half tab)
WATER STOPS (2017): Fluids are loosely planned at the following locations. Remember our race is FREE so this is beyond generous. Details HERE
RACE REGISTRATION: (coming soon)
RACE DATE: Saturday December 8th, 2018
START TIME: FULL Marathon 10:00AM - HALF 10:10AM
ENTRY FEE: FREE! (Note: Registration may close without notice)
START LOCATION: 33 Penobscot Ave, Millinocket ME, 04462
COURSE MAP: HERE
ENTRANTS LIST: (coming soon)
AREA LODGING, DINING & ACTIVITIES: HERE
NEW ENGLAND OUTDOOR CENTER LODGING: HERE
BIB NUMBER PICKUP & ARTISAN FAIR: HERE
RACE SHIRTS & BLING: HERE
- As of the 2nd edition in 2016 our race course became USATF certified, making it a Boston, NYC and Chicago Marathon qualifier.
- The course is two loop circuit, half marathon is one loop, full marathon is two.
- The race will be timed and there will be offical results. (all donated services!)
- Participants should NOT attend our event with the typical race mindset, 'how many perks will I receive?' instead please come run and support this town (remember nobody paid an entry fee!)
- The event won't be supplying race shirts but the Moose Drop In has created many wonderful designs. Many other local businesses feature unique, fun and locally crafted race bling. #ShopMillinocket
- There is a pasta dinner, a craft fair/expo, bib pick up as well as an epic Saturday after party and a whole lot more in the works! This is definitely not a just run and leave event. Make plans now to come for the night or the weekend or forever works fine too!
Q and A:
Q. What responsibilities do I have after I sign up, especially because the race is free?
A. First off please don't register unless you are somewhat serious about coming in the first place. Although our race is FREE we still prepare bib numbers and accrue expense to prepare for you. We totally understand that life happens, but if you can't come don't just NOT show up, its very important to cancel your registration if you can't come so we don't spend money preparing for you.
Q. How is Millinocket different than other races?
A. Our race is free but it's certainly NOT a free for all. We still put on a highly organized race with one requirement, don't run Millinocket for what you get, run Millinocket for what you give. Please spend money, be generous and kind.
Q. Will it be cold?
A. It very well could be frigid, this is Northern Maine in the winter! (2015 was quite mild, 2016 was very cold and 2017 was perfect!)
Q. Are there water stops?
A. Remember the race is FREE but in 2016 & 2017 a number of unofficial water stops popped up! Our best advice is to plan to be self sufficient and you'll be thrilled with any support you receive.
Q. Is there an early start?
A. There is NOT an early start option, if you require more than approx 5.5 hours to finish please plan for darkness by wearing reflective gear and a headlamp.
Q. Are there course time limits?
A. All are welcome to participate regardless of ability.
Q. Can I organize something on the course such as music, fluids or other support?
A. Absolutely, just show up and do it, just be sure to leave no trace.
Q. Can I sell things?
A. No. The race was created to help the struggling Katahdin region so unless you are a Millinocket area group, business or resident you may not sell things.
Q. Is there a plan for inclement weather?
A. Our race will happen rain, snow or shine. However, if the weather is deemed to be dangerous we reserve the right to shorten or adjust as might be necessary. (FYI the 2016 edition featured single digit temps and below zero wind chills and we ran!)
Q. What should I know about the course?
A. The first approx 6 miles after your exit town are run on a good gravel road. The next approx 6 miles are run on pavement. Runners should run on the left facing traffic on this paved section.
Q. After the race starts can spectators follow along in vehicles on Golden Road?
A. Please don't. This road is filled to capacity with runners. We need to keep Golden Road as clear of spectator traffic as possible to allow for emergency or offical vehicles only. Instead we recommend that spectators drive out the course on Lake Road (heading toward Baxter State Park) and cheer on runners as they exit Golden Road at Huber Road.
Q. Where exactly is Millinocket?
A. It's located about 1.5 hours north of Bangor ME.
Q. Why should I stay on Saturday night after the race?
A. Not staying is missing a huge part of the race. Stay and have the most fun everrrr, then enjoy a leisurely Sunday drive home.
Q. Will I see a Moose?
A. Very likely!
Q. Is the course hilly?
A. If you are from Maine nope, if you are from Kansas, we're thinking maybe so!
Q. Is it pretty there?
A. It is absolutely stunningly beautiful and gorgeous!
If you have additional questions please contact us but mostly stop asking so many questions and just come have fun!!
Results & Awards
- 2016 Ryan Collins, Portland Maine - 2:45:56
- 2017 Sarah Mulcahy, Princeton Maine - 2:56:05
Half - Marathon
- 2017 Eric Knickerbocker, Hampden Maine - 1:17:16
- 2017 Ali Chase, Orono Maine - 1:25:01
MEDALS! The ONLY way you will get a medal when you finish is by pre-ordering them. (duh! the race is FREE!) The design is handmade by people who live and work in Millinocket. Click HERE to order.
Photos & Videos
2017 RACE PHOTOS:
➤ Cloverleaf Photography (Marathon Start)
➤ Cloverleaf Photography (Half Start)
➤ Cloverleaf Photography (Pebonscot Ave)
➤ Emily Higgins McDevitt
➤ Further North Photography
➤ Gregory Emerson
➤ Maine Running Photos
➤ Photography by Mike
2015 RACE PHOTOS:
➤ Melissa Ossanna
2015 RACE VIDEO:
➤ Isaac Marnik
2017 Race Press
Millinocket Marathon: A race where runners pay their own way
MaineBiz • December 11, 2017
Marathon draws racers, money to rebounding mill town
Bangor Daily News • December 10, 2017
Millinocket Marathon & Half Draws More than 1000 Runners to Katahdin Region
Maine Public • December 10, 2017
On The Run — Getting into the spirit of the holidays
Conway Daily Sun • December 8, 2017
3rd Annual Millinocket Marathon and Half happens this weekend
Fox22 WFVX Bangor • December 8, 2017
Millinocket Marathon Boosts Economy and Charities
WABI TV 5 Bangor • December 8, 2017
Marathon pumps life into Maine region wracked by mill closures
Bangor Daily News • December 5, 2017
Millinocket Marathon Coming up Saturday
WABI TV 5 Bangor • December 5, 2017
MDI runners head to Millinocket race
Mount Desert Islander • November 22, 2017
2017 '2 Those Who Care' Award Winner Gary Allen
Wlbz2 Bangor • October 9, 2017
Millinocket Marathon and Half has 1,500 registrants 11 months before race
Bangor Daily News • January 17, 2017
2016 Race Press
The Warmest Winter Race
Competitor Magazine • April 2017
Downeast Magazine • December 2016
Runners Give Tiny Millinocket, Maine, A Boost And Warm The Hearts Of Community
Hartford Courant • December 17, 2016
I won the Millinocket Marathon, but that wasn’t the goal
Bangor Daily News • December 13, 2016
A photo story reflection on running the Millinocket Marathon and Half
Bangor Daily News • December 13, 2016
Sports can often galvanize a community in extraordinary ways
Bangor Daily News • December 12, 2016
The Magic of Millinocket: Runners Get Warm Welcome on Cold Maine Weekend
Competitor Running • December 12, 2016
More Than 500 Finish Inaugural Millinocket Marathon and Half
Maine Public • December 11, 2016
An icicle hanging from his chin, first-time winner takes a frigid Millinocket marathon
Bangor Daily News • December 10, 2016
Millinocket welcomes hundreds of runners for marathon
WCSH 6 Portland • December 10, 2016
This marathon may help Millinocket get its ‘mojo back’
Bangor Daily News • December 9, 2016
Second Wind: Ailing Millinocket Pins Its Hopes on a Free Marathon
Maine Public • December 9, 2016
Millinocket Marathon’s goal: To get Maine mill town back on its feet
Portland Press Herald • December 8, 2016
Millinocket Marathon to make a difference
WCSH 6 Portland • December 5, 2016
2015 Race Press
Organizer says Millinocket race attracted national attention
Bangor Daily News • January 25, 2016
In a Struggling Community, Runners Come to Help
Runners World • December 24, 2015
Marathon event to benefit struggling Katahdin region
Bangor Daily News • December 8, 2015
#runMillinocket • december 8, 2018
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