Race Start Times
The Shipyard Maine Coast Half Marathon and Bosom Buddy Relay will start at 8:00 AM on Saturday, May 14th on the Biddeford Campus of the University of New England. This race starts and finishes at UNE. We will bus all relay team members to and from the exchange point on Mile Stretch Road.
The Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon will start at 7:30 AM on Sunday, May 15th at Kennebunk High School. This race is a point-to-point race. Marathoners must either purchase a shuttle bus ticket to the start or have someone that can drop them off at the start. We can't have any cars parked at the High School after 8:30.
Wicked Early Registration fees apply through October 23rd, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. On October 24th, 2015, fees will increase for Early Registration by $6 for the Half Marathon, Bosom Buddy Relay and Marathon, while they will increase $12 for the 39.3 Challenge. On January 1st, 2016, fees will increase for Registration by an additional $7 for the Half Marathon, Bosom Buddy Relay and Marathon, while they will increase $14 for the 39.3 Challenge . On March 1st, 2016, fees will increase for Late Registration by an additional $7 for the Half Marathon, Bosom Buddy Relay and Marathon, while they will increase $14 for the 39.3 Challenge. Registration will automatically close when we hit our registration caps of 1,500 for the Half Marathon (including Bosom Buddy relay teams) and 1,000 for the Marathon. If we do not hit the caps, online registration will close at 11:00 pm on Thursday, May 12, 2016
What is included with my registration?
Your race registration includes the following:
Race entry, a personalized bib number*, access to the Race Joy mobile app and downloadable race photos. At the finish you will get a custom finisher medal, a reusable water bottle, finisher food (including a slice of pizza from Portland Pie) and two complimentary Shipyard beers**
*Bibs are ordered one month prior to the event ** Runners must be 21 or older to receive the complimentary beers.
VIP Registration Option
Do you want to run the Maine Coast in style? Would you rather not wait in line to park, pick up your bib, get to a start area portable toilet or get your complimentary post race beers? If so, the VIP Registration Option is for you. Along with race registration and everything that all of our runners are entitled to, you get:
A streamlined bib pick up, (your bib and any merchandise already in a VIP bag). VIP Marathoners can even pick up their bag at the start of the marathon.
Separate VIP portable toilets at the start area.
Reserved VIP parking.
A shuttle bus ticket to the start of the marathon from UNE
A small locker from the Mobile Locker company (with the option to upgrade to a larger size).
The Atayne race shirt.
A separate server in the beer garden.
Our refund option.
Pamper yourself and be a VIP while you are on the Maine Coast.
Bib Pick Up
We will offer several options for bib pick up:
Friday May 13: 4:00 pm-8:00 pm at the expo (630 Pool Rd Biddeford)
Saturday May 14: 6:00 am-7:45 am at the expo (630 Pool Rd Biddeford)
Saturday May 14: Noon-6:00 pm at the expo (630 Pool Rd Biddeford)
Sunday May 15: 5:45 am-6:30 am at the tent (630 Pool Rd Biddeford)
NOTE: THERE IS NO BIB PICK UP AT THE START FOR THE MARATHON UNLESS YOU PURCHASE THE VIP PACKAGE.
If you register for one race you may switch to another of the races during this race weekend. If you switch to a more expensive race (ie from the half marathon to the marathon)you must pay the difference in entry fees. If you switch to a less expensive race (ie from the marathon to the half marathon) no refund will be given.
If you cannot attend the race for any reason you may request a deferral to the next year. Requests must be made by completing the form on the Refunds and Deferrals page of our web site by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday 4/13/16. You will be issued a promo code, valued at 85% of your entry fee and merchandise purchases, that can be applied towards your 2017 Shipyard Maine Coast registration.
Transfer To Our Other Races
If you cannot participate in the Shipyard Maine Coast events, you can transfer your registration to one of our other events, which include the Salomon Trail Running Festival at Pineland Farms and the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon and 5k. (We do not offer any other relay events).
The deadline for transferring to another race is Sunday, April 17th.
Refund Policy and Refund Option
We offer a flexible refund policy. Your best option is to purchase the Refund Option when you register. It is a set amount, and can be exercised anytime prior to the start of the race. The Refund Option is like buying registration insurance that protects you from unexpected events. We realize that life happens and sometimes it's not possible or advisable for runners to participate in a race. Sometimes runners suffer injuries while training, learn that they're pregnant, get called to perform military duty, lose a job, or must attend to a family emergency. Sometimes races get cancelled due to acts of God.
Refund Option Rules:
If you purchase the Refund Option at the time of registration, you can request a refund anytime prior to the start of the race. Requests for refunds must be made by completing the form on the Refunds & Deferrals page of our website. If the race is cancelled, you may request a refund only if you purchased the refund option at the time of registration. Refunds will be credited to the credit card used for registration.
If you do not purchase the Refund Option when you register, we will refund partial amounts through 11:59pm EST on April 13, 2016. You need to use the form on the Refunds & Deferrals page of our website to request the refund.
All refunds will be processed through Race Wire, our online registration company. No cash or checks will be sent.
Refund Option Costs (when purchased at Registration):
Half Marathon and Bosom Buddy Relay: $10
39.3 Challenge: $25
(See our website for refund options if not purchased at time of registration)
Although rare, sometimes races must be cancelled due to unexpected unsafe race conditions i.e. Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. If there is an event due to an act of God that is beyond the Race Director's control i.e. hurricane, dangerously high heat index >105, or a state of emergency is declared by municipal authorities the race will be cancelled. If a race is cancelled due to an act of God it will not be postponed and no refunds will be given unless you purchased the refund option at the time of registration.
Race Shirts (100% Made in USA 100% Recycled Polyester)
The race entry fee does not include a race shirt, shirts must be purchased separately (VIP registrants are an exception to this). Our 2016 short sleeve shirts are made by Atayne. There are 2 different designs associated with different races: 1) Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon and 2) Shipyard Maine Coast Half Marathon and Bosom Buddy Relay. If you register for the 39.3 Challenge and purchase a shirt, you will get a Marathon shirt.
Minimum Age Requirements
Based on RRCA recommendations our minimum age is 13* for the Shipyard Maine Coast Half Marathon and 18* for the Shipyard Maine Coast Marathon and Maine Coast 39.3 Challenge.
*Age on race day.
While we would like to include everyone in our races and we realize that sometimes even the best training plans can "go south" on race day, we have to set time limits on the races. We have contracts with police and we have gracious and dedicated volunteers. We need to adhere to the schedules that we provide them. As they leave the course, it will no longer be safe for you to be on the course. For that reason, you need to complete the Half Marathon and Bosom Buddy Relay in 3 hours, 15 minutes and the Marathon in 6 hours, 30 minutes. If you are still on either course at this point, we will give you a ride to the finish, for your safety. For the same safety reasons, we will also no longer offer an early start.
The Shipyard Maine Coast Half Marathon and Bosom Buddy Relay will benefit Southern Maine Health Care's (SMHC) Center for Breast Care.
We encourage runners in all of the events to donate to SMHC's Center for Breast Care and/or start a fund raising page. We also work with 12-15 non-profits and clubs to raise money through staffing our aid stations during the marathon on Sunday.
Bosom Buddy Registration Details
The registration fee listed for the Bosom Buddy Relay includes both runners. One runner from each team needs to complete the registration, so that runner should first have all of the second runners information. You do have the opportunity to buy as shirt for both runners, as well as doubling-up on any of the other merchandise.
As each of the subevents sells out (Marathon, Half Marathon, Bosom Buddy Relay and 39.3 Challenge), we will turn on the Wait List registration. When you register for a Wait List, you will get a confirmation from RaceWire. When we move you from the Wait List to a confirmed spot, we will text and/or email you so that you know you are confirmed.
If you register for the Wait List and do not get a confirmed spot, we will issue a refund to your credit card for the registration fee, less a $1.00 refund fee. (You will not be refunded the processing fee that RaceWire charges.) In both 2014 and 2015 all Wait List runners were moved to the confirmed list. Please see our Refunds/Deferrals page on mainecoast262.com for more details on the Wait List
Zeus and Athena
The Zeus and Athena categories are weight-based divisions for men and women who want to compete with a different set of piers. Participation in one of these categories is OPTIONAL you may select the Age Group category even if you qualify as a Zeus or Athena.
NOTE: If you select one of these categories it will appear next to your name in the Participants List posted on the race website.
1st, 2nd, 3rd Male & Female in the following categories: Overall, Under-20, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+, Zeus (male, 190 to 210 lbs), Zeus (male, 211+lbs), Athena (female, 140 to 160 lbs), Athena (female, 161+ lbs)