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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, October 15, 2017
2016: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 48°F (8°C)
Average High: 55°F (12°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.85
Course Score: 96.85

Race Size

2016: 768 Finishers
2015: 656 Finishers
2014: 611 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 9%
2015: 12%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Mount Desert Island is a challenging, hilly course. Runners will earn their PRs and BQs here.


Marathon Rankings

The Mount Desert Island Marathon was the 103rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 120th largest in 2015.

Last year 9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 12% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Mount Desert Island Marathon the 242nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 126th highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 96.85 ranks it as the 374th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Maine.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Mount Desert Island Marathon a PR Score of 96.85. This PR Score ranks it as the 337th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 5th fastest in Maine.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 249 feet (75m)
Min Elevation: 6 feet (1m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Mount Desert Island Marathon

5 Stars from 20 Reviews



review of 2016 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Georgeous Coastal Marathon in Maine!

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review of 2016 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Great course.

Race Tips

Be prepared for all kinds of weather.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Everywhere is great!



review of 2016 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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The course, fans cheering along the way and the islands enthusiasm makes this one of the best!

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review of 2016 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Gorgeous scenery!!! Small entry limit compared to many. Delicious post-race food & beer!!

Race Tips

Stay in Bar Harbor the night before the race! You an walk to the start!

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review of 2016 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Scenic - rolling hills - New England in the Fall! And a great group of runners

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review of 2016 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Most scenic marathon out there. Every detail covered by race staff.

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review of 2016 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2016 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Excellently managed, beautiful course, friendly people

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review of 2016 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Scenic, well supported, great community!

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Rugged, beautiful

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review of 2015 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Good clean fun, well marked and amazing view along the course.

Race Tips

rolling hills, along the seaside! Amazing course

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Get your hotel fast, books up quickly



review of 2015 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Great course support, crowds, beautiful course! Parking, expo and logistics all easy to navigate...overall great environment and experience :)

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review of 2015 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Fabulous time of year in Maine. Splendid colors and an extremely scenic racecourse. Definitely a challenge but the hometown community flair eases the pain in many levels.

Race Tips

Weather is usually cooler and perfect racing temperatures. Very hilly course that travels through several quaint village towns on MDI near Acadia National Park.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Atlantic Oceanside Hotel is where the expo is. There are many different hotels right down town near the start also.



review of 2015 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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It was my 5th marathon; not my fastest but it was the most fun and the most challenging. The sites along the course were beautiful, the people were friendly!

Race Tips

VERY hilly..pace accordingly

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The town is beautiful we stayed in an inn about a 20min walk into town so didn't have to worry about parking.



review of 2015 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Beautiful course, very well organized, fantastic support, unique experience!

Race Tips

Have fun. Take it easy in the early miles!

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review of 2014 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Beautiful run. The weather was great (for marathon running). The fall colors were stunning. Cool to run around the only fjord on the Atlantic coast. Combining fall leaves with ocean views made for a great experience. The race is surprisingly small and intimate. Not much for crowds, but as for vistas, hard to beat. I ran Big Sur last year and this was equal.

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Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

A number of good hotels and B & Bs available. We arrived a couple of days early to take pictures of Bass Harbour lighthouse and see the sights. My only regret was that I didn't want to fill up on the fantastic lobster and seafood the day before running, but otherwise, it was all good.



review of 2014 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Most beautiful course I have ever run. It is challenging but fair. It runs faster than you think because your mind is actually occupied on the scenery. This is a race I will try to run every year.

Race Tips

Do not start fast. Hold reserve early and resist the temptation to go out hard with everyone. This race begins at mile 20 and if you have run a cerebral race, you will be able to handle the uphill from mile 20 to 24. This is a runners race. If you run a smart race, you can BQ. I would rather BQ here than any other course because if you do, you have truly earned it.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay downtown as everything is within walking distance.



review of 2014 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Beautiful course, friendly communities, well organized.

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review of 2013 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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The organization is fantastic. The town of Bar Harbor is very welcoming and a great place to visit in October. The course is challenging and very scenic. I prefer marathons of this size as your never running alone, but never feel overwhelmed by crowds.

Race Tips

Ease up a bit on the hills and enjoy the scenery. Save energy for the last mile which is mostly downhill. Run strong and smile as you cross the finish line.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay near the downtown area of Bar Harbor and you can walk everywhere, including to the start line. You will need to drive to the pasta dinner, but it is worth the trip. Loved the seafood pasta.



review of 2013 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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Great scenery!

Race Tips

There are hills!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Plan on staying to visit the Bar Harbor area



review of 2009 Mount Desert Island Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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There's nothing to not like about this marathon. It's a beautiful course along the Maine Atlantic coast. Come early and stay after, to visit beautiful Bar Harbor Maine and Acadia National Park. The run has wonderful support and there's only good things to say about it.

Race Tips

It's really hilly so train accordingly.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Hotels fill up so book early



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