3,500 runners expected for annual Maine Marathon

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PORTLAND — The 23rd annual Maine Marathon will take place Sunday, Oct. 5, at 7:45 a.m., starting and finish on Baxter Boulevard.

The out-and-back marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. There will also be a half marathon and a relay. A total of 3,500 runners – the cap for the races – will participate in the marathon and half marathon on a course that travels from Portland, through Falmouth and Cumberland, to Yarmouth and back.

Participants in all three races will run together for the first 6.5 miles on city streets, U.S. Route 1 and Route 88, before the half marathon heads back to Portland. The marathon and relay will continue along Route 88 to Yarmouth before coming back to Portland.

Proceeds from this race will benefit the Robbie Foundation, a Scarborough-based organization that helps bridge the financial gap for children with developmental illnesses by funding adaptive equipment, assistive technology and therapy treatment not covered by insurance.

Baxter Boulevard Extension from Forest Avenue to Preble Street will be closed from 5 a.m-3 p.m.; Baxter Boulevard from Preble Street to Washington Avenue will be closed from 5 a.m.-2 p.m., and Payson Park roads, including West Kidder Street and into Payson Park, Fernald Street entrances into Payson Park from Washington Avenue and Baxter Boulevard, will be closed from 5 a.m.-2 p.m.

Route 9 in Falmouth from Ledgewood to Lunt Road will allow local traffic only from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Lunt Road in Falmouth from Route 9 to Route 1 will be closed from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Depot Road in Falmouth from Route 1 to Route 88 will be closed from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and Route 88 in Falmouth from Depot Road to the Cumberland town line will allow only local traffic from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Route 88 will be closed from 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.; Mussle Cove Lane in Falmouth will be closed from 8-10 a.m.; Johnson Road in Falmouth from Route 1 to Route 88 will allow only local traffic from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and Gilman Road in Yarmouth from Route 88 to Drinkwater Road will allow only local traffic from 9-11 a.m.

Additionally, spectators are asked not to park on Lunt Road, Depot Road or Route 88 at any point on the course, because runners will be traveling in both directions.

Colin Ellis can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @colinoellis.

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Reporter covering the Portland Public School District as well as the town of Falmouth for The Forecaster. Can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or cellis@theforecaster.net.