On July 11th I raced in the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon in Portland Maine, and had the time of my life. It was a hot day on a hilly course, so I can’t say that it was my best time, but for the beauty of the course, the support and post race party, it was a grand race.
The course began on the waterfront as runners stream up Commercial Street, past the touristy eateries and shops along the water. At mile 2 runners began climbing past parkland and a cemetery, then circled back down and retraced their steps before heading out on a recreational trail for a tour of Back Cove. After a final climb over a bridge, runners completed the loop with a straight shot to the finish line, where they collected their unique finisher medal and were feted to pizza, drinks, Kind bars, snacks, watermelon and live music. Among the other 3,000 finishers were runners from 43 states – clearly, the word is out about what a great destination race this is. For more information about the race, visit www.oldporthalfmarathon.com.