Melinda Rice

Fleet of feet Hit the Street for Annual MDI Marathon

Melinda Rice
Runners crowd the starting line in downtown Bar Harbor at the 10th annual MDI Marathon on Sunday morning.

BAR HARBOR — About 900 runners took the first strides on their 26-mile-385-yard journey across Mount Desert Island at 8 a.m. here as the 10th annual MDI Marathon got under way. An hour earlier, about 300 walkers started the course, according to race organizer Gary Allen.

It was a raw morning, blustery with temperatures in the mid-50s and intermittent rain, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the runners or their many supporters who lined both sides of Main Street, many brandishing signs: “Go Mom Go;” “We love you Jeff;” “You are amazing Meghan, Nothing is Impossible;” “Run, run as fast as you can!”

Marathon participants will head down Route 3 this morning, past Sieur de Monts Spring and through Otter Creek to Seal Harbor, then Northeast Harbor, over to Somesville and cross the finish line in Southwest Harbor in front of the Harbor House Community Center, where supporters will gather to cheer on the runners.

The race has been named “Most Scenic” and runner-up for “Best Overall” marathon by Runner’s World Magazine.

For continuing coverage and more photos of the race, check back here at and see this week’s issue of the Mount Desert Islander.

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Melinda Rice

Melinda Rice has been a journalist since her teens when she worked on her high school newspaper. She’s worked as a reporter and copy editor at newspapers and magazines, written a travel book and four middle-grade novels and become a Registered Maine Guide.