The Portland 10 Miler course is an exciting tour of Portland, Maine. Starting in Payson Park, runners will follow a semi-circle along the water in Back Cove. Running along Baxter Boulevard, the course joins the Back Cove trail and passes through Back Cove Park before turning east. Runners will then pass along the water side of the Eastern Promenade to the east and south. At mile 5, runners will turn back to the north and west, encountering the course’s only significant elevation as they head up and down Munjoy Hill on the Eastern Promenade. The route then joins the Back Cove Trail again before heading back into Payson Park for the finish and race after-party!
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Registered runners and walkers are welcome to enjoy the Portland 10 Miler, however, the course will close on a continuous pace of 16:00 minutes per mile. Anyone who cannot maintain the 16:00 minute per mile pace must move to the sidewalk as the course closes to allow regular traffic through. Runner services cannot be guaranteed for participants beyond the 16:00 minute per mile pace.
There is always the potential for extreme or severe weather conditions. Race organizers will do as much as we can to ensure the experience is as safe as possible. In the event of severe weather like snow or thunderstorms, the race may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a short delay, if conditions persist, or the forecast calls for extreme weather, race officials reserve the right to alter or cancel the race.
Entry fees are non-refundable. Please check the website, our Facebook page and your email before the race for any changes or cancellations.
Water, Gatorade and restrooms will be available every two miles at four aid stations.
Strollers or Pets
We do not allow strollers or pets in the race. Sorry!
There are three suggested parking locations for the event, all on a first-come-first-serve basis. Arriving early and carpooling are strongly recommended.
- Edward Payson Park at the Sebago to the Sea Trail entrance (map). Note: this lot will fill up early and is only accessible from Baxter Blvd. which will be shut down to traffic at 9:30 AM.
- Neighborhood Parking on Washington Ave, Presumpscot St. and the surrounding side streets. Please be respectful of our neighbors and park only in designated street parking.
- Spurwink Services (map) is just a short 0.25 mile walk from the race start and finish, and has ample parking available on race morning. This option is strongly recommended.
Post Race Beer Garden
After the race, come join us at the Payson Park finish area to celebrate your accomplishment! Portland craft brewery Rising Tide will be serving up their delicious beers — the first one is on us! — to all runners over 21. Athlete food will be available, including fruit, bagels and granola bars. We’ll also have some of Portland’s tastiest food trucks selling on site so you can refuel properly, all while enjoying the park and the view of Back Cove. Family and friends are welcome at the after-party, too!
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