'No frills, just hills'

'Glutton for punishment,' McNelly hosts Waldoboro half-marathon

To qualify, runners must have 2:15 time or better in 13.1-mile run
By Staff | Sep 13, 2019

Waldoboro — Lucas McNelly, organizer of the Waldoboro Day 5K and Icy Elf 5K race/walks, is a self-described “glutton for punishment.”

He earned that moniker seemingly when he made the decision to put on the inaugural Waldoboro half-marathon, which could “quite possibly be New England’s hardest half-marathon," he said.

The event, slated for Saturday, Sept. 21, will begin at 10 a.m. at Moody’s Diner and finish at Odd Alewives Farm Brewery. The 13.1-mile race features 1,400 feet of Waldoboro’s finest, steepest hills and, with a tagline of “No Frills. Just Hills,” is largely reserved for more experienced runners.

To qualify, a runner must have a time of 2:15 in a half-marathon within the last two years (organizers also will accept a verifiable training run). There are no water stations or course support, with a $100 Moody’s Diner gift card to go to the winner.

Runners are encouraged to carry their own drinking fluids, or have friends/family supply fluids via personal water stations.

The registration fee is $10.

“Waldoboro has a history of being a difficult place to run, and my goal is to embrace it as what makes the town unique,” said McNelly. “We always say that if you can run well in Waldoboro, everywhere else is easy. My original idea was to do this as a kind of casual group run, and when I told a few runners about it and saw how excited they were, I quickly realized it had the potential to be much more than that.”

It is strongly recommended by McNelly that participants game plan the course in advance. All runners 21 and older will receive a free beer from Odd Alewives Farm Brewery.

For more information or to sign up, go to runsignup.com/Race/ME/Waldoboro/WaldoboroHalfMarathonor or https://www.facebook.com/WaldoboroHalfMarathon.

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