Race Update: March 2, 2021
Due to the pandemic and the continued capacity restriction on outdoor events of 100 people in the state of Maine, we are once again forced to postpone the Portland 10 Miler to September 12, 2021. We share in your disappointment and frustration in another postponement as we believe our event is just outside the window of a possible return of safe, in-person events — but an event of this size in just eight weeks is not possible under the current guidelines and outlook.
However, we are truly optimistic that this summer and fall will finally mark a return to safe, in-person events and that we will be able to responsibly host all deferred 2020 registrants of the Portland 10 Miler and New England 10 Miler Series.
All registrants will be automatically rolled into the fall race, which is scheduled for Sunday, September 12, 2021 pending permit approval. There is no further action needed on your part.
While we are still not able to offer refunds, we have added a race credit option to our existing deferral and transfer policies for your ticket that can be applicable to any 2021 or 2022 Gray Matter Marketing event. For more information on event credits, visit HERE.
As always, the safety and health of our runners, volunteers and staff is our top priority. We’re thankful for each and every one of our participants and your support and understanding as we work towards sunnier days on the road together again.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A portion of each registration fee will be donated directly to our non-profit partner Spurwink who provides behavioral health and education services for children, adults and families.
In addition to donating a portion of every registration fee to Spurwink, we encourage our runners to set their own fundraising goal for Spurwink, or any charity close to their hearts. By setting up a fundraiser on Crowdrise.com, participants can raise money directly for their chosen cause!
There are no fundraising minimums or requirements.
Important Race Information:
Bib + T-Shirt Pick-Up
We strongly encourage participants to pick up their bib and shirt on Saturday to alleviate race morning delays.
PHOTO ID REQUIRED
All participants must present a photo ID to pick-up their bib. Participants may pick-up for friends and family, but must provide a copy of the ID or a photo of the ID on their phone for verification.
Race Day Schedule
8:00 AM: Parking and Bib Pick-Up open
10:00 AM: Race Start
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Post-Race beer garden
There are three suggested parking locations for the event, all on a first-come-first-serve basis. Arriving early and carpooling are strongly recommended.
- Recommended Option: 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 encouraged.
- 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 9:20 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.
There will be a designated athlete bag drop area, but the Portland 10 Miler team and our volunteers are not responsible for any items lost, damaged or stolen. You must provide your own bag. If you have items of importance or value, we recommend using leaving them in your vehicle.
A finisher’s medal will be given to all race participants.
Awards will be presented following the race to the:
• Top 3 male and female runners
• Top 3 in each age group (5 year increments, Under 19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+)
Strollers or Pets
We do not allow strollers or pets in the race. Sorry!
Extreme Weather Policy
Our events are held rain or shine. However, 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, 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. We do not schedule “rain dates”. Any decision to cancel an event is done as an absolute last resort and is made collectively with local risk management, police, fire & rescue, and medical personnel as appropriate. In such situations, there will be NO REFUNDS as registrants accept any such risk of their entry free when signing up.
Please check the website, our Facebook page, and your email before the race for any changes or cancellations.
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!
The flat, coastal course covers ten-miles of Portland’s most beautiful roads and paths along Back Cove, Munjoy Hill and the Eastern Promenade.
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