LUBEC — The first-ever Fundy International Marathon, planned at Lubec and Campobello Island on Sunday, June 23, will be a qualifying race for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
That goal was achieved earlier this month when the Fundy Marathon’s paperwork for course measurement and certification was accepted by USA Track and Field, the national body for long-distance running, said race founder Katherine Cassidy of Lubec.
Runners in the two-county marathon will twice cross the U.S.-Canadian border, starting at the West Quoddy Lighthouse in Lubec, traveling to the East Quoddy Lighthouse on New Brunswick’s Campobello Island and returning to the finish on Lubec’s Water Street.
To properly measure the 26.2-mile course, Marathon Director John Hough and a team of volunteers spent portions of several days on bicycles covering the entire course twice, per certification rules.
More than 430 marathoners from 36 states, Washington, D.C., six Canadian provinces and Uruguay have registered for the marathon, which has a June 7 deadline for signing up.
More than 180 runners also have registered for a shorter 10-kilometer race, which will take place entirely in Lubec on the same morning.
The registration deadline for that race is June 22.
Cassidy and Sue Keef of Campobello share the chairmanship of the organizing committee, and Ron Beckwith, superintendent of Rossevelt Campobello International Park, is honorary chairman.
For more information, call (207) 619-1887 or visit the website at bayoffundymarathon.com.