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The NEW 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.
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 22nd from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Saturday, June 23rd 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
Our official hotel partner is the brand new Hyatt Place overlooking the start line! – you can’t get any closer to the race than this! Rates are $299 for a king and $349 for two queens. Rooms will sell out, so make your reservations early!
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.