The Harvard Pilgrim Women's Maine Coast Half Marathon (5K too) -- Stunning Autumn Views Along the Maine Coast

Hundreds of women will enjoy beautiful coastal views, great food and prizes, long sleeve technical wicking T-shirts (sized for women), finisher’s medals and a post-race event featuring Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. This is an all women’s race, with one lucky guy who is chosen by lottery. Professionally timed by Yankee Timing using the D-Tag system, and terrifically organized by LOCO Running, the field of over 800 runners and walkers will enjoy this unique and successful race, now in its third year. It just keeps getting better, thanks to Mike and Linda St. Laurent, the trailblazing race directing duo, who bring the kind of race know how and expertise that only years of experience can bring.

Their meticulous attention to detail, along with their tireless efforts to improve their races each year, has contributed to this successful half marathon that is an unforgettable experience for women athletes of all abilities. The course is certified, accurate and well marked with a number of water stops along the way. From start to finish, all aspects of the race are carefully planned with for women runners--from specially sized women’s long sleeve technical wicking T-shirts to custom finisher’s medals and everything in between. You can count on a one of a kind race experience, tailor made with you in mind.

The race is further distinguished by its unique “One Lucky Guy” division. One male runner will be chosen by random lottery to participate in the race. Now that is truly one lucky guy!

To insure that everyone can participate, the Significant Other 5K will get under way 10 minutes before the half marathon, using the same first two miles of the course before splitting off for a pleasant loop back to the finish.

The Course
Like all half marathons, the Maine Coast Half Marathon is 13.1 miles. What sets it apart is that every inch of the course is filled with the unique exhilaration that only an all women’s running event can deliver. Past Maine Coast Half Marathon participants agree that the camaraderie and spirit of friendship and fun is incomparable. The race atmosphere is absolutely charged with good vibes and excitement that are the result of women joining together to celebrate health and fitness and to achieve their personal running and walking goals. You owe it to yourself to experience this remarkable phenomenon whether you are a novice or veteran. Walkers are welcome to get in on the action too. The fun, friendly feeling of the race with its emphasis on women’s fitness makes it the ideal race for a first time half marathon runner/walker. You will find yourself in good company with lots of support along the course.

The 2009 race has been scheduled later than in previous years, moving to November 8 to create breathing room in the dense New England fall race schedule. This date also allows ample time to train in cool and crisp autumn temperatures.

It is unlikely that you will need more inspiration than the camaraderie and friendly atmosphere provide. But just in case you need an extra boost, all you will have to do is set your sights on a course that is jammed packed with the kind of scenic beauty that is quintessentially New England–waves crashing along the Atlantic shore, a picturesque lighthouse, historic homes, brilliant sky, and more. Currently, the course is being revised slightly due to the closing of the York Harbor Bridge to all traffic. However, the 2009 course will follow very closely to last year’s course, starting and ending at York High School. It includes flat sections along the beach as well as moderately hilly rural sections. One thing is for certain, it will have plenty of breathtaking beauty, a feast for your eyes as well as your spirit. Please check the race website for updated information on the course

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