WALDOBORO — From the organizer of the Waldoboro Day 5K and the Icy Elf 5K comes what a press release described as possibly New England’s hardest half marathon.
The inaugural Waldoboro Half Marathon will take place Saturday, Sept. 21. The race will start at 10 a.m. at Moody’s Diner, finish at Odd Alewives Farm Brewery, and feature all of 1,400 feet of Waldoboro’s finest, steepest hills.
The race is the brainchild of Lucas McNelly, the 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, the release noted.
In order to qualify for the half marathon, runners must have completed a half marathon in 2:15 in the last two years. Organizers will also accept a verifiable training run.
There will be no water stations set up along the route. Runners are encouraged to carry their own fluids or they may set water out along the course. They could also have their own personal water stations, if they have friends or family willing to provide one, the release noted.
It is strongly encouraged that participants game-plan the course in advance.
There is a $10 entry fee.
All runners above 21-years-old who 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, visit runsignup.com/Race/ME/Waldoboro/WaldoboroHalfMarathon or find the event on Facebook.
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