Midcoast Fun Run replaces Midcoast Half-Marathon March 9
Hope — A half-marathon fun run is on tap for next month, resurrecting a similar event from one year ago.
The Midcoast Fun Run, which last year was known as the Midcoast Half-Marathon, will begin Saturday, March 9 at 9 a.m. and will start and end at the Hatchet Mountain Publick House in Hope.
This year's event will not be a race, as was last year's first annual Midcoast Half-Marathon, but will instead be billed as a more informal fun run, though the distance — 13.1 miles — will be the same.
The event is free and also will be timed with the results posted online.
Event coordinator Andrew Stewart said there was a great deal of money tied up in last year's Midcoast Half-Marathon and where they did not come close to breaking even, this year's event has been simplified to more of a straightforward run.
There will be a water station with Gatorade set up at the Hope General Store (on the fun run route) along with a porta-potty.
Chili will be served in the pub for hungry racers and patrons for $6 a bowl and the Hope elephants also will be available for viewing for visitors.
"We're hoping that people will run, then go visit the elephants and make a donation," said Stewart.
The running event is for all ages, though participants are "running at their own risk" on the course, as opposed to last year where there were police and several volunteers on the course route.
The run will start at the pub and go to Rt. 105 to Route 235 to Moody Mountain Road, which connects to High Street and then back to Rt. 105. The run is a two-lap course, though this year's event will be particularly more laid back than last year's.
"If people only want to run the first leg of the race and only do seven miles and call it good they're able to peel off after one lap and go back to the pub," said Stewart.
Last year's event started and ended at the Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville, while this year's race moved to Hope.
Stewart said there is 20 extra feet of elevation on this year's course as opposed to last year. He added that the Hope General Store is a good spot for spectators to get a view of the race.
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