Maine Marathon returns Sunday morning

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PORTLAND — Traffic delays and road closures are expected Sunday morning when runners take to the streets for the annual Maine Marathon.

Approximately 4,000 people are expected to participate in the event, which starts at 8 a.m. on Baxter Boulevard. Runners will head north into Falmouth on Veranda Street, cross the Martin’s Point Bridge and travel along Route 1, with a detour through the Mackworth Point neighborhood, to Route 88. From there they will continue into Cumberland and Yarmouth. After a loop through Yarmouth, they’ll return to Portland via Route 88 and Route 1.

Roads from Portland to Yarmouth that will be closed at various times include:

• Baxter Boulevard from Forest Avenue to Preble Street from 5 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Route 88 from Route 1 to Depot Road in Falmouth, 8-9:30 a.m.

• Depot Road in Falmouth, 8-9:30 a.m.

• The Johnson Road-Route 88 intersection in Falmouth, 8 a.m.-noon.

• Gilman Road in Yarmouth from Route 88 to Prince’s Point Road, 8-9:30 a.m.

Kids will get the chance to join in the marathon fun on Sept. 29 on Back Cove with the second-annual Kids’ Maine Marathon Mile benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Race registration runs from 8-9:40 a.m. near the Hannaford entrance on Bedford Street. The race starts at 10 a.m. with a free fun run for 4-6 year-olds at 9:45 a.m. Participants in the mile run must be 7-12 years old.

Pre-registration is available at