Annual Maine Marathon coming Sunday
PORTLAND — The Peak Performance Maine Marathon takes place Sunday morning, Oct. 4, for the 18th year.
As of Tuesday morning, organizers said, 3,145 people had signed up for the marathon and half marathon. Race capacity is 3,500.
There will be several road closures in Portland and Falmouth. Baxter Boulevard between Forest Avenue and Preble Street will be closed from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Route 88 in Falmouth from Route 1 to Depot Road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; Depot Road in Falmouth will be closed from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; The intersection of Johnson Road and Route 88 will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon; and Gilman Road in Yarmouth from Route 88 to Prince's Point Road will be closed 9 a.m. to noon.
The race starts at 7:45 a.m. on Baxter Boulevard between Forest Avenue and Preble Street. Runners travel around Back Cove and north on Route 1 to Route 88 in Falmouth. Half marathon runners turn around near Johnson Road in Falmouth, while runners of the full marathon go to Prince's Point in Yarmouth before looping back. The race follows essentially the same route back, with detours through the Falmouth Flats neighborhood and through Payson Park.
The race has raised $2.3 million for children's charities and cancer research since 1988.
For more information, go to mainemarathon.com.