From the organizer of the Waldoboro Day 5K and the Icy Elf 5K comes what might be New England’s hardest half marathon.
The inaugural Waldoboro Half Marathon is Saturday, Sept. 21. The race will start at 10 a.m. at Moody’s Diner, finish at Odd Alewives Farm Brewery, and feature 1,400 feet of Waldoboro’s finest, steepest hills.
The race is the brainchild of Lucas McNelly, organizer of the Waldoboro Day 5K for the past three years.
“Waldoboro has a history of being a difficult place to run, and my goal is to embrace it as what makes the town unique. We always say that if you can run well in Waldoboro, everywhere else is easy,” McNelly said. “My original idea was to do this as a kind of casual group run, and when I told a few runners about it and saw how excited they were, I quickly realized it had the potential to be much more than that.”
With the tagline, “No Hills. Just Frills,” this race is not for the inexperienced. To qualify, runners must have completed a half marathon in 2:15 in the last two years. Organizers will also accept a verifiable training run.
No water stations will be set up on the route. Runners are encouraged to carry their own fluids, set water out along the course, or have their own personal water stations, if they have friends or family willing to provide one.
It is strongly encouraged that participants game-plan the course in advance.
All runners who are 21 or older and complete the course will receive a free beer from Odd Alewives Farm Brewery. The first finisher will receive a $100 gift card to Moody’s Diner. For more information or to sign up, go to runsignup.com/Race/ME/Waldoboro/WaldoboroHalfMarathon or find the event on Facebook. There is a $10 entry fee.