Sunday, June 15, 2014
JDRF to organize Outdoor Fair.
Saturday, Herring Cove Park.
Farmers Market, local arts & crafts,
Live music, 5k walk
Traditional Lobster Boil
Come and run with the world’s biggest tides at our Second Clean, Green International Marathon on the shores of the magnificent Bay of Fundy. Start at the easternmost point in the USA, cross the Canada-USA border twice, and finish in the scenic fishing village of Lubec, Maine. See seals, bald eagles and sometimes whales. Cross the Roosevelt International Bridge and run through the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. Be cheered on by enthusiastic local supporters and pass 4 different lighthouses on the way to enjoying lobster and other sea-food at the Finish. Not only are we one of the most scenic places in New England and the Maritimes, we are also one of the friendliest, and probably the coolest – with sea breezes from the Bay of Fundy and Labrador current. Average race day temperatures are between 10C/50F and 20C/70F. Where else can you enjoy lobster, clams, or salmon on a stick at the Finish line?
Our finishers medals are maritime themed and hand crafted by a local artist, as are our awards - 3 deep for both genders in 10 year age groups for both the marathon and the 10K. Every runner gets a Maine made technical tee shirt that stops 8-10 plastic milk jugs going into the waste stream, and you get to collect your swag in genuine unused lobster bait bags.
As a community organized event we are beginner friendly - we have water stations every 1.7 miles / 2.7 kms and portapotties every 5 miles / 8 kms, or even more frequently in some places. Walkers are welcome. But for experienced runners it's a challenging course with plenty of small hills to catch out the unwary who go out too fast.
There's also plenty to do for family and friends with lighthouses to visit; a craft fair and traditional lobster boil on Saturday at the Herring Cove Provincial Park - which sports the best beach in the entire area; a 5k walk; round town Fun Run; US President Franklin D. Roosevelt's summer home (in Canada) where you can have "Tea with Eleanor"; whale watching cruises; wild Bold Coast trails overlooking the boiling Atlantic surges, or gentler walks in the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park, Quoddy Head State Park, Herring Cove Provincial Park, and others. And of course, visit the lighthouses including Head Harbour light at the northernmost tip of Campobello and turning point for the marathon, and the candy-striped West Quoddy Head light at the most easterly point in the USA, and starting point for the marathon.
But don't forget your passport or other travel documentation, and our complimentary (for runners) five star pasta supper with locally made deserts and live music by the renowned Machias Ukelele Band.