The Peak Performance Maine Marathon and Half Marathon continue to make an awesome regional event better. Come join this participant-friendly, high-quality event in beautiful Portland, Maine at the peak of New England’s Foliage season this year – you’ll be glad you did!
“I would like to start by saying that the race was amazing. The weather was perfect. The volunteers were great. This was my first marathon and, not knowing exactly what to expect, I felt so great being there. The atmosphere about the event was so positive and so contagious. I most certainly plan on returning for next year’s race”.
Focusing on Quality
It is easy to get lost in the big-city mega-marathon crush these days, but the Peak Performance Maine Marathon brings something different, unique and better; a focus on a quality experience for the runner. In its 19th running, this event has grown from a few hundred participants in 1992 to being capped at 3,000 participants last year. The surge in popularity is in part due to a race organization that knows how to focus on the quality of the event and to make sure participants have a hassle-free, world class marathon experience.
“I wanted to thank you for the great event you organized this past weekend. You can pride yourself on having a world class event”.
Destination: Portland, Maine
If you’ve never been to the rocky seacoast of Southern Maine you owe yourself a visit. Many of the participants make a weekend out of it. As soon as you roll into Portland you’ll smell the salt air, and feel the ocean breeze flowing in from the harbor and islands. A high quality race with a deep and experienced organization is one thing – but put that high quality race in a pretty little seacoast city like Portland and you’ve got a real winner. You will be bowled over by the sheer beauty of the venue at this time of year.
“You guys did a fantastic job on organizing this event. Everything was superbly done”.
The event draws marathoners and half marathoners from all around New England and also from farther afield. Being situated within a couple hours driving distance of Canada, there are a fair number of Canadians who join the ranks. Many members of the 50 State Club also come along to check Maine off their list; and this year the Peak Performance Maine Marathon will be an official reunion race for 50 staters.
“…excellent race, my first marathon! Good weather, course and people!”
The Peak Performance Maine Marathon and Half Marathon provide high-quality, reasonably sized events that are friendly to the mid-packer, back-of-the-packer, and charity runner as well as very competitive participants. The organizers want every runner to feel as if the race is focused on them, and they strive to provide each participant their own unique high quality race experience.
“I ran the half marathon this past weekend for TNT… It was a beautiful race and extremely well organized. My first trip to Maine and I enjoyed it tremendously. More importantly will you please extend our thanks from the RI chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to the members of the National Guard who marched and swept the course? It was an honor to watch them cross the finish line in memory of those members they have lost. …I will be spreading the word for next year”.
There is a large Team in Training contingent that runs the race as well – and you’ll see them out there in their purple shirts celebrating their charities. The event itself funds local Maine charities. Each year, event organizers designate a local charity as the main beneficiary of race proceeds, and entrants are invited to make additional donations to that charity. Proceeds from the 2008 and 2009 races will benefit the Center for Grieving Children, a local organization that provides support to grieving children, teens, families and the community through peer support, outreach, and education.