On your mark, get ready, because in-person road and trail racing is back.

After a year of cancellations, postponements, and in-person racing moving to virtual 5-kilometer, half-marathon, and marathon-distance races due to the pandemic and health/safety restrictions, runners will be able to hit the courses for 2021.

Some races still are on pause for another year. The Waldoboro Day 5K, Thomaston Fourth of July “Firecracker” 5K, and Maine Lobster Festival 10K and 5K races have been postponed another year.

The Marshall Point 5K road race, also known as the “Lighthouse Loop,” and half-mile children’s fun run will take place on Saturday, July 17 at 8:30 a.m.

The race begins at Drift Inn Beach in Port Clyde, and takes runners through the village of Port Clyde, to Marshall Point Lighthouse, and back to the beach.

The race fee is $20 and will benefit the St. George Parks and Recreation Department Boosters. Day of registration will be in the Drift Inn Beach parking lot, and will close at 8:30 a.m.

The children’s run will start at 8:30 a.m., and 5K at 9 a.m.

The race is planned to run rain or shine; however, preregistration will be returned if the race is canceled.

To preregister, stgeorgemaine.com/sites/g/files/vyhlif5031/f/uploads/mpll5kraceflyer2021.pdf.

The Friendship Days 28th annual 5K run/walk and mile fun run is set to coincide with the return of Friendship Days, on Saturday, July 31 at the Advent Christian Church.

The early registration fee is $20, and is available at runinarace.com/FriendShipDays/index.html. Day of registration will be $25, and is available starting at 7 a.m. the day of the race. The fun run is $5.

Prizes will be given to the first male and female finishers in the 5K. There are t-shirts for the first 50 registered 5K participants. Other shirts are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Blueberry Cove Half-Marathon is back after being put on hold in 2020 due to COVID-19 and restrictions at the time.

The scenic 13.1-mile race kicks off on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 a.m. in Tenants Harbor.

The start and finish are at Blueberry Cove Camp. The course takes runners through Tenants Harbor, and Port Clyde, showing beautiful coastal views, including Marshall Point Lighthouse.

Initially, due to pandemic restrictions, the race had been capped at 100 participants. On Thursday, June 3, due to the easing of those restrictions, race officials announced they had opened registration to accept 150.

Registration for the race is $90. To sign up visit active.com/tenants-harbor-me/running/distance-running/blueberry-cove-13-1-2021.

The Megunticook Race Festival will return to an in-person format on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. at Barrett’s Cove in Camden.

The event was held virtually in 2020.

Olympic, and sprint triathlon distances are offered, as is a 5K run/walk. The Olympic distance is available for teams to participate in as well.

The registration fee varies depending upon event, and team sign-up.

For more information, visit racewire.com/register.php?id=12115.

After a successful first year, despite the pandemic, the Megunticook 50K and Wicked Tough 10 trail races will return on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Both races start at the Camden Hills State Park, and take runners over challenging mountainous terrain. The 10K tallies 1,600 feet of elevation, while the 50K comes in with a staggering 7,600 feet of elevation for runners.

The Wicked Tough 10 is capped at 50 participants, and the cost to register is $75.

The Megunticook 50K is at 150 participants, and the cost to register is $95.

For more information on the races, and to register, visit Megunticook50.com.

The seventh annual Ragged Mountain Scuttle, jumps, climbs, carries, and balances its way across the Kuller Trail on Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Camden Snow Bowl.

The event raises money for the fourth-grade ski program at the Camden Snow Bowl, and local charity, One Community Many Voices.

New to the course for 2021 is the Double Down, giving participants the option to run the course twice.

Registration fees vary based on age, running the course solo, or as a group.

For a course map, more information, or to register, visit racewire.com/register.php?id=12035.

The Waldoboro Half-Marathon, which ran a hybrid race last year, is slated to take to the town’s tough hills on Saturday, Sept. 25.

In 2020, the half-marathon had a socially-distanced, in-person race option on Sept. 24, but also allowed runners to run the course, and send in their times in the days leading up to the physical race day. This year’s race will offer those same options.

The physical race will be held on Sept. 25 with a start time of 10 a.m.

In order to participate, runners need to qualify. A half-marathon time of two hours and 15 minutes or less, within the past two years is what is needed to qualify for the race.

The registration fee is $20. To sign up, or for more information, visit runsignup.com/Race/ME/Waldoboro/WaldoboroHalfMarathon.

RunBelfast’s race series organizers announced on Friday, June 11 races will be in-person for the fourth year of the series.

This year’s races will include the Rotary “Bug Run” 5K on Saturday, Aug. 14, YMCA Triple Stack on Sunday, Sept. 19, and Lions’ Club Race for Diabetes on Saturday, Oct. 30.

If you have a local road race to promote, send information to Holly Vanorse Spicer at hvanorse@villagesoup.com.