Millinocket Marathon and Half
"There’s two dozen people, more, on the corner of Central Ave. and there’s Tricia and my Moose Drop friends and they are surrounding me, escorting me. What the what! There are SO many people. Who are these people, what are they doing, it’s COLD! Heidi and Kate I knew, but the others… wow. These people came BACK for me,"
"The finish line this year consisted of two logging trucks loaded up with logs and a few bonfires to warm up. Local area businesses had lunch specials mere feet from the finish line. One local bar even served bloody mary's before the race! I don't think I've ever seen a race with so much local charm."
"The race starts uphill and continues uphill for the first 6 miles. Along the way you can guarantee to see people line the sides of the road cheering you on or riding alongside you honking their horns all the while getting a view of Mt. Katahdin that is unlike any other. You get some reprieve before heading back towards town on the lake road where you are once again greeted by honking horns and cheers as you go. Once you get into town, you get one more good climb, a great downhill to cruise down, and then you hit Main Street where you are greeted with cheers unlike any other before hitting the best finish line ever - two loaded log trucks!"
"They came, they helped organize and implement, they ran, they spent, they BECAME Millinocket. (I might be carried away here… I can only speak for myself.) The locals did too! They were out in full force, enveloping us in this big bear hug (see what I did there?). They made mile markers and made – and continue to make – souvenirs for the visitors, talked and played pool and hung out and danced with and treated us as one of their own, fed us with the most amazing food and the most wonderful smiles. I’m from New England. I know the reputation we have. We’re not friendly, we’re cold, we’re not particularly welcoming to those from Away. SO NOT TRUE. I’m willing to bet that anyone in Millinocket this past weekend would say that’s the furthest thing from the truth."
"This race is going to be a new Christmas tradition for us. It gives us a chance to get up into our favorite little town in Maine and incorporate our favorite hobby while we're there. I'll be back every year they do this race and I'm already registered for next year!"
"FIRST: This is the one and ONLY FREE Boston qualifier...let that soak in for a minute. It is free."
26.2 or 13.1
"It's uphill both ways and it is a BRUTAL course but SO SO SO worth everything you put into it. Ultimately, I have run Marine Corps (I'm married to a Marine, so I get it to some extent), I've run Country Music Marathon, I've run the Army 10 Miler in DC. Not one of these races can hold a candle to the energy at this race. It's hard, it's cold, there's no swag (but the cookie lady is at mile 12.5 on each loop, and I'm told there are fireball shots...somewhere), it's uphill both ways, it's in Northern Maine--in DECEMBER, but DO THIS RACE. "