The Bay of Fundy International Marathon will not take place in 2021

We regret that due to the large number of unknowns associated with the future trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic the Bay of Fundy International Marathon committee has made the difficult decision to not offer this event in 2021.  While many events have gone virtual, we will not be offering this as an option as we believe the value of our event is in the real experience of participating, as runners, volunteers, spectators or supporters, in our unique set of cross-border races.

There are various discussions taking place about possible small scale local events on Campobello Island and in Lubec – there are wonderful routes to be run in Roosevelt-Campobello International Park on the Canadian side of the border, and between Lubec and the spectacular West Quoddy Head – also the most easterly point in the continental USA – on the USA side. If quarantine is no longer a concern at that time runners would be most welcome to visit our beautiful area and join local runners in these.

While we hope to resume our cross-border Canada-USA events in 2022, we will in the meantime be refunding all runners who were originally registered for the 2020 event and deferred until 2021.  Our local food banks would be pleased to accept donations so if runners would prefer their registration fees to be donated to these rather than receiving a refund please email us at racedirector@bayoffundymarathon.com

All 2020 registrants will be notified in advance of our opening of 2022 registration.  Other updates and announcements about 2021 and 2022 events will be placed on our website at: https://bayoffundymarathon.com and in the usual online listings, calendars, social media sites and the like.

We hope all our participants stay safe and if you are a runner – just keep on running.  If you aren’t – well, why not start?

Bay of Fundy International Marathon Committee

20 October 2020

Bay of Fundy International Marathon

Normally the 4th Sunday in June

Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada

and

Lubec, Maine, USA

Two Country Running

Marathon  – Half-Marathon – Ultramarathon –  10K –  Fun Runs

A set of unique races for the discerning runner: run across the Canada-USA border without stopping; no crowds; no traffic lights; no more than 350 runners in each event; beautiful scenery and the world’s biggest tides; bald eagles, seals, sometimes whales seen from the course; medals and awards handcrafted by local artists; a challenging (lots of hills) fully certified, chip timed, Boston qualifying, not-for-profit event organized jointly by the friendly welcoming communities of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada and Lubec, Maine, USA on the shores of the magnificent Bay of Fundy.

“Epic. . . . the pure essence of what a marathon should be.”

“Awesome organization, beautiful course, small friendly town, breath-taking nature and scenery.”

“This race ranks right up there with the mega-runs in my book.”

“The medal is hand-crafted and very special–beautiful scallop shells – closer to jewelry than the usual medal.” 

“Awesome pottery for winners.”

“Even the border agents were cheering us on!”

“You will never forget this place.”

We are two hours from the nearest major towns and commercial airports, and runners nearly outnumber residents on race weekend. If you want big crowds, bright lights, fancy hotels, bands on every corner, and cheap bling, this event is not for you. If you want to run from lighthouse to lighthouse through scenic fishing villages and spruce forests with bald eagles overhead and seals and sometimes whales seen from the course, then we might be what you are looking for–a small, friendly, two-country event with  awards and medals handcrafted by local artists.

June temperatures are 10-20 C / 50-70 F, with cool ocean breezes from the Bay of Fundy and, if you need it, childcare can be arranged.

Runners in the marathon, half-marathon and ultra-marathon must have passports or other travel documents — but are pre-cleared by the border agencies during the registration process (you must arrive in Lubec by Saturday 6:00pm ET / 7:00pm AT) and can run through the borders without stopping using just their chipped bibs during the event.

Other weekend activities include a Saturday morning running tour of Lubec (slow 5K), a pre-race traditional outdoor lobster bake (pasta options also available) at Herring Cove Provincial Park, preceded by a 1 mile “Reach the Beach” Fun Run for kids, a second kids “USA to Canada, and back” Fun Run race morning (passports not required), a street fair, a post race dance party on the waterfront featuring local bands, and a special programme of activity including “Tea with Eleanor” and the behind the scenes “Fun Tour” for recovering runners at the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park on the Monday morning.

In addition to having fun in a unique small cross-border scenic low key event, qualifying for Boston, running their first ultra, full or half marathon, or a 10K from the most easterly point in the USA, runners have so far raised over $25,000 for local food banks, schools and other beneficiaries.  The 2020 recipient of runner contributions will be the Lubec Communtiy Food Bank managed by the Lubec Community Outreach Centre.

Two Country Running

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