Click a section below for more details about The Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon & 5K! The event kicks off with the half marathon at 7:00 am followed by the 5K at 7:15 am!
Start Time – 7:00 AM
The Shipyard Old Port Half features a USATF-certified single-loop course with jaw-dropping views of Casco Bay followed by a rockin’ block party in the heart of Portland’s historic Old Port district!
From the Start to Mile 3, you’ll run along beautiful tree-lined streets filled with 19th-century mansions while gradually climbing 120 feet to the course’s highest point. From there you’ll be treated to scenic views of the Fore River before a refreshing downhill that brings you to sea level, where you’ll begin an 8-mile journey along Portland’s waterfront.
From Mile 5.5 to Mile 11, you’ll run right next to the shore along the paved Eastern Promenade Trail and the packed cinder Back Cove Trail. Along the way you’ll pass by the historic Grand Trunk Railroad trestle bridge, stuck in the open position since a fire in 1984, and the city’s urban art project showcasing modern graffiti art .
Near Mile 11 you’ll climb 100 feet to the shaded Eastern Promenade where you’ll have sweeping views of Casco Bay, including islands, lighthouses, civil war-era forts, ferries, and sailboats. In the last downhill mile you’ll pass the Shipyard brewery before heading back into the cobblestone streets of the Old Port district.
Check out the video below for an interactive course preview!
Start Time – 7:15 AM
The NEW Shipyard Old Port 5K features a USATF-certified single-loop course that is completely closed to traffic. From the Start in the heart of the historic Old Port district you’ll run along beautiful tree-lined streets filled with 19th-century homes and buildings while gradually climbing 75 feet in the first mile to the course’s highest point. From there you’ll drop down to sea level, where you’ll enjoy running along Portland’s waterfront and back into the Old Port.
The After Party
Not only do you get an awesome day of scenic running, but you also get treated to a rockin’ after-party in Portland’s trendy Old Port district! We’ll have two beer gardens with music and delicious Shipyard craft beer. The Dana Street Beer Garden on Dana Street will have a DJ pumping top-40, while the Sodexo Beer Garden on Patton Court will feature legendary 70’s party band Motor Booty Affair!
HOW IT WORKS: We’ll have snacks waiting for you at the Finish (fruit, KIND bars, Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt, Purity Organic juices, Drink Maple flavored water, and Cap’n Eli’s soda), but your race bib will also have tear-off tags for two Shipyard beers that you can redeem at either beer garden, and another tag you can redeem for pizza and gelato from our partner restaurant. As if all that weren’t awesome enough, your bib will also get you discounts at other local shops! The best part? It’s all included with your registration!
Packet pickup will be held on the 4th floor of Mariner’s Church at 368 Fore Street on Friday, June 21st from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Saturday, June 22nd from 5:30 AM to 7:00 AM. You’ll receive your bib, commemorative race shirt, and any extra merchandise you ordered. Shirts won’t be mailed out after the race if you don’t pick yours up, however someone else can pick it up for you. They simply need a copy of your ID (a digital copy on your phone is fine).
Directions & Parking
The race starts and finishes on Fore Street between Union and Exchange Streets. Please arrive by 6 a.m. to ensure you have time to park, check-in, and stretch before the race begins at 7 a.m.
You can park in nearby parking lots or garages. All lots open at 5:30 a.m. Be sure to bring at least $10 in CASH!
Maps & Rates:
Fore Street Parking Garage, 427 Fore St: $15 cash, flat rate
Portland Square, 50 Cross St: $5/ hr
1-39 Center St Parking: $5/hr, credit card only
Ocean Gateway Garage, 167 Fore St: $5/ hr
Simba Parking Lot, 234 Fore St: $5/ hr
15 Franklin St Lot: Pay and display
62 India St Lot: Pay and display
Hub Furniture, 291 Fore St: $10 flat rate
45 Spring St Parking: $2/hr
Spring Street Parking Garage: $2/hr, credit card only
Start Time Hotel & Official Partner
Hyatt Place (433 Fore St) — This brand new hotel is winning awards for its eco-friendly features. It’s impossible to get any closer to the start line because as soon as you walk out the front door you’re standing in the start chute.
Other Discounted Hotels
Holiday Inn Portland-By The Bay (88 Spring St, Portland) 9-minute walk to the start line (0.4 miles)
Best Western Merry Manor Inn (700 Main St, South Portland) 9-minute drive (5.0 miles)
DoubleTree by Hilton Portland (363 Maine Mall Road, Portland) 13-minute drive (5.6 miles)
Fairfield Inn Portland Maine Mall (2 Cummings Rd, Scarborough) 11-minute drive (6.0 miles)
Portland residents and businesses: Due to the size of this race, many roads will be temporarily closed to car traffic. Our goal is to minimize the amount of impact the race has on the city and to keep everyone informed well in advance of the race.