September 20, 2017
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International marathon built on local support

The inaugural Bay of Fundy International Marathon, set for Lubec and

Campobello on June 23, has attracted more than $20,000 in local
sponsorship arrangements.

“We are an international marathon, and also a very local marathon,”
John Hough, race director, said last week. “We could not have put
together this first race without the support of so many community
partners.”

The Maine Community Foundation provided the nonprofit marathon
committee with a grant of $8,286 last month. The grant was given “to
establish the Bay of Fundy International Marathon as an annual event
organized jointly by the communities of Lubec, Maine, and Campobello,
Canada.”

Last January, the New Brunswick Department of Healthy and Inclusive
Communities was the first major sponsor to step forward, providing a
$3,800 grant to the assisting Campobello Tourism Association.

Community interests on both sides of the border also are supporting
the event with more than $4,000 each, Ocean Renewable Power Company of
Eastport, and Harry S. Martin Insurance of Campobello.

ORPC, which oversees a tidal project in Lubec’s Cobscook Bay, was
assisted in its donation by more than one dozen of its own partners
and vendors. The Harry S. Martin Insurance donation came about when
branch manager Mary Fowler decided to be a volunteer for the marathon,
as well.

The roads, restaurants and lodging of Lubec and Campobello will be filled with 800 runners for the June
22-23 weekend. Runners will register and enjoy pasta dinners on
Saturday at the Lubec School. On Sunday, marathon runners start at the
Quoddy Head Lighthouse, cross the bridge and border into Campobello,
turn around at the Head Harbour Lighthouse at the island’s tip, then
return to finish along Lubec’s Water Street.

More than 500 runners are entered in the two-country marathon. Another 275 more
will run in the same-morning 10K that stays entirely within Lubec.

Marathon organizers decided to “cap” registration in both races to 800
total, after previously planning for just 600 total.

The marathon is a benefit event for the Lost Fishermen’s Memorial Park
Association, a nonprofit that serves both Lubec and Campobello. More
than 90 runners have each pledged to raise $1,000 toward the
association’s goal of building a memorial park on Water Street in
2014.

For information, please see website bayoffundymarathon.com