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Race The Runways

Quick facts

Distance Half marathon

About Race The Runways

If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to walk or even run along an airport runway you’ll get your chance at Brunswick’s Race the Runways Half Marathon, 5K, 10k and one-mile run. By the way, is there any race course more assured of being fast and flat than an airport runway?

The home base for the race’s starting and finish line area lies right on the runway of the Naval Air Station Brunswick, one of two military airports in the state of Maine. You won’t need to worry about planes taking off and landing during the race, however — NAS Brunswick closed a few years back as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process begun in 2005, and saw its final flight take off from the base in late 2009. After closing, the base is now known as Brunswick Landing. Base redevelopment officials have reopened the Navy airfield as the Brunswick Executive Airport and a “Green Energy Park” .

This event is a MidCoast Triathlon Club event. The Half Marathon is unique and challenging. It is one of only a few races (that we know of) run on an active airport. While it’s practically flat, it’s the wind that may make it challenging. Some years its been dead calm and in others, there have been gusts of over 50 mph. Over 4.5 miles are run directly on the runways. Don’t worry about aircraft taking off or landing. We are in communication with every plane landing or taking off. The race is run on the INACTIVE runway right next to the active runway.

The event benefits Veterans No Boundaries, The Road Runners Club of America – Kids Run the Nation program and the Coastal Humane Society. Organizers say the Race The Runways is to hold a quality event for runners and walkers promoting health and fitness in our MidCoast Maine community.

Distances

5K

  • 4.988954km

13.1 Half Marathon

  • 21.097km

10K

  • 9.977908km

Practicalities

Accommodation

Days Inn is located one mile from the start area. Several other hotels are located in the area.

After Race Services

Food will be available in the Field House after the races for all participants.

Aid Stations

There will be 5 hydration stations for Half Marathon runners. Located at: Mile 2.7 – 4.2 – 6.2 – 9.3 – 11.4 and at the Finish Line. Water & Gatorade will be available at: Mile 2.7 – 4.2 – 6.2 – 9.3 – 11.4 and at the Finish Line. GU Will be available at the Mile 4.2 – 6.2 – 9.3 – 11.4.

Award Medals

A Half Marathon Finishers’ Medal will be presented to all Half Marathoners & Airport Challengers. 1st Male & 1st Female $25 Lil Dog Gift Card/Trophy & Pint Glass, 2nd Place M&F – $15 Lil Dog Gift Card & Pint Glass – 3rd Place M&F – $10 Lil Dog Gift Card & Pint Glass, top 3 Male and Female Finisher age groupers in the following age group: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35 – 39, 40 – 44, 45 – 49, 50 – 54, 55 – 59, 60 – 64, 65 – 69, 70 – 74, 75 – 79, 80+ & Push Rim (Overall First M & F) – Will receive a custom Runaways Logo’d Pint Glass.

Parking

As you enter the Brunswick Landing from Bath Rd (Near Cooks Corner), there will be volunteers to guide you to parking areas. Parking is plentiful and no traffic jams are anticipated.

Timing

Start Line Chip Mats will give you a chip to chip time.

Race The Runways Route Map

Race The Runways Route Map

Start:

Neptune Drive

Brunswick,us

Finish:

Field House Parking Lot

Brunswick,us

Highlights

Runners enjoy a piece of history as they run the runways!

Overview

Runners in the half marathon, like those running the 5K as well as the one-mile run, will get to enjoy one of the flattest race courses imaginable — long stretches of the race route are in fact perfectly flat. The race also features a newly redesigned course for 2015, as the race organizers gained full permission to use the full length of the runways for the first time in the race’s history.

From the starting line right on the airport runway, runners first make a loop all the way to the end of the runway, where they make the turn and then run all the way to the other end of the runway, before turning off onto Orion Street.

The course then brings runners around a U-shaped curve all the way over to the other side of the airport complex, where they’ll run a second time on the runway, this time for its full length. The final few miles of the half marathon unfold along streets the runners have already covered, bringing them back in to the finish line inside an airport hangar just off the runway.


Race The Runways Trivia

Though they may not realize it while they’re on the course, runners will be in the midst of literary history while they’re in Brunswick, as this was the town where Harriet Beecher Stowe penned her now-legendary “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” while her husband worked as a professor at Bowdoin College.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.