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2017 Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

Racing + Lobsters = One Happy Runner

Race #5 – 10 for 10 Challenge: 10 Half Marathons in 10 Different States

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Is Maine worth the trip? In a word: Yes!
Yes, life is good in Maine. So good, that I am kicking myself for waiting 39 years to make my way to the northernmost state in the New England region of the U.S. With its heady mixture of artistic and outdoor adventures, Portland is stylish and sophisticated, yet remains genuine and unpretentious, a place where grey flannel and plaid flannel coexist companionably. And underlying the latest tech, fashion, and culinary scene is a deep sense of continuity. Oh, and did I mention I am obsessed with seafood? Specifically, lobster!
Visiting Maine is like eating pasta in Italy, I am forever thankful and ruined.

The Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon
This race is Portland’s premier summertime running event that cuts through the heart of the Old Port district and West End neighborhood. Runners are treated to sweeping views of Casco Bay, its many islands, ferries, sailboats, lobster boats, tug boats, and paddlers, the Presumpscot River, the City of Portland skyline, and the Back Cove.

Water and boats as far as the eye can see

Takeaways from this race experience:
* Race expo is small and intimate – located in the heart of Old Port off of Fore street, runners can walk the expo and be in & out in a matter of minutes. 
* Maine’s second biggest road race – 4,200 entrants with more than 40 states represented. 70% of participants are actually from out of state.
The route is extremely scenic – the allure of Portland in the summer and the breathtaking views are worth running 13.1. The final few miles the of the second half of the race feature some of the course’s most scenic terrain, as runners will make their way nearly all the way around Portland’s Back Cove and Bayside trails.
* Food, food, and more seafood! – before, during and after the race, there are a multitude of incredible fresh seafood options from J’s Oysters to The Lobster Shack. Your belly should always be full!
* Bling is a factor – for most runners, and I thought race director Erik Boucher, did an excellent job with the medal.

Do you like this race bling?

If you have an extra day or two, I highly recommend visiting:

  • Lucky Catch – take an unforgettable 80-90 minute excursion in Casco Bay

    Set your own traps and reel in live whole Maine lobsters
  • Eartha – is housed in a three-story glass gallery at DeLorme Headquarters and is the world’s largest rotating/revolving globe located in Yarmouth, Maine.
  • Oxford Casino – 45 minutes outside of Portland is a small casino where runners and gamblers alike can try their luck
  • Freeport, Maine – 20 minutes outside of Portland, you will find beautiful coast lines and shopping
For your shopping fix, check out the LL Bean’s HQ
  • Lobster Shack at Two Lights – this spot has the best lobster in all the land (see photo at beginning of blog) and the most spectacular calming views

    One of many eye-popping views at Two Lights along the water

Whether you are running a half marathon or looking to visit The Pine Tree State, there are no shortage of options for you and your family.

AND if you need a lobster taste tester, you can email me anytime and I will be happy to join!

Jason

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