International marathon built on local support

Posted June 04, 2013, at 10:47 a.m.
Last modified June 04, 2013, at 11:56 a.m.

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


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,


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


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