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Is there a refund if I cannot attend?

No, sorry there are no refunds or deferrals available for this race. No exceptions.

Where can I find course information:

http://umaine.edu/blackbearmarathon/race-info/course-information/

Do you get finisher medals?

Yes, all finishers in the marathon and half marathonwill receive a medal.

Are there bathrooms on the course?

There are bathrooms at the New Balance Field House (packet pickup area), under the Bleachers of the home side of the Football Stadium and  5 port-a-potties on the course.

What SWAG do I get as a runner?

-Runners in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K will receive a BBM racing shirt.

-Full and Half Marathon participants receive 13.1 or 26.2 oval stickers.

Additionally, we have giveaways from our sponsors and vendors available at the expo.

Is this a certified course and a qualifier for the Boston Marathon?

Yes, this course is certified by USATF and a BQ.

The marathon and half marathon courses are officially certified!  The USATF numbers are:  ME15001JK and ME15002JK.

Where will I get my packet?

The New Balance Field House on Saturday, June 4th from 2-6 pm or Sunday 6:00-7:00 am.

Is there a pasta dinner?

  • No, but there are many options in the area for dining including a runners pasta special at Governors restaraunt.

 How many aid stations will be on the course? 

The course will have 12 water/powerade stations and Gu available at mile 15.

Can I transfer from one race to another?

Yes, if you transfer from a longer distance to a shorter distance, there are no refunds available.  There is no refund for transferring from the half marathon to the 10K.  If you transfer to the full from the other races, there is a $25 fee.

Are headphones allowed on the course?

Yes, although there will be cheer squads and music along the course and it is safer to run without headphones.  We allow them and ask runners to be cautious when using them.  We do not allow dogs, baby strollers, or bicycles on the course.

Can I walk any of the races?

Walkers are encouraged on the 10K and Half Marathon course.  The cutoff for all races is 6 hours from the 7:30 am start time.  All runners must be off the course in 6 hours. Early start is for marathon runners only.

Are baby strollers allowed on the course?

No, please let strollers be part of the spectators, not part of the race.  Strollers are not allowed on the course.

Are dogs allowed on the course?

No, please do not expect to have your dog run the race with you.  Dogs make great specators.

What is the inclement weather policy?

The race directors and campus police will decide if the race is cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions.  If the race is cancelled, runners will still be able to pick up their packet, shirt and other race giveaways.  The race directors reserve the right to cancel or postpone due to unsafe weather or other conditions. Refunds are not available if the race is cancelled due to unsafe conditions or inclement weather.