LUBEC, Maine – An unprecedented run of eastern Maine marathons continues Sunday morning.
The third annual Bay of Fundy International Marathon is scheduled to be staged through two countries, starting at the easternmost of the continental United States – West Quoddy Head – and crossing the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge onto Campobello Island, Canada, before returning to the finish line in downtown Lubec.
The race comes just one weekend after two other marathons in the region, The Great Run on Great Cranberry Island last Saturday and Sunday’s Black Bear Marathon at the University of Maine in Orono.
The Bay of Fundy International Marathon will be complemented for the third straight year by a half-marathon that similarly takes runners through both the United States and Canada, as well as a first-time 10-kilometer race held entirely on the American side of the border.
Race organizers anticipate a field of approximately 700 runners for the three races, including some 270 marathoners and 300 half-marathoners.
The marathon, a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, is scheduled to start at 7 a.m., with the half-marathon to follow at 9:15 a.m. and the 10K at 9:45 a.m.
The marathon course records were set in 2013 by William Guzick of New York City (2 hours, 40 minutes, 51 seconds) and Sarah Mulcahy of Baring Plantation (3:16:12).
A total of 417 runners finished Sunday’s Black Bear Marathon, half-marathon or 10K at UMaine, including 90 marathoners.
That field was led by Shane Stewart of Oromocto, New Brunswick, in 2:46:45, with Tracy Guerrette of Saint Agatha the top women’s finisher and sixth overall in 3:06:30.
Russ Portalatin of Milo paced 229 Black Bear Half-Marathon finishers in 1:20:77, with Mary Pardi of Falmouth leading the women’s division and ranking fourth overall in 1:23:00.
Top Black Bear 10K runners were David Kerschner of Old Town (37:13) and Cecilia Morin of Waterville (45:40).
A day earlier, Christopher Hill of Titusville, Florida, led 29 marathoners across the finish line at The Great Run, which was staged entirely on the two-mile main road that bisects Great Cranberry Island.
Hill was timed in 3:25:39, while Cranberry Isles’ own Michael Westphal was second in 3:32:56 despite battling the effects of Parkinson’s disease.
Rebeccah Geib of Southwest Harbor was the fastest woman in the field and fifth overall in 3:49:33.
The Great Run also included a six-hour ultramarathon competition won by Kevin Shelton-Smith of Bronx, New York, and Leah Frost of Glover, Vermont.
40th Tour de Lac set Saturday
Folks not looking to conquer the marathon distance this weekend can test themselves in one of the state’s historic distance events at the 40th annual Tour de Lac 10-miler in Bucksport.
The race around Silver Lake, a 2010 Maine Running Hall of Fame inductee, was established in 1976 and is one of the last two 10-mile events in Maine.
Race officials are hoping for a big turnout this year in recognition of the 40th anniversary and several former race champions are expected to turn out.
Course record holders are Ellsworth’s Louis Luchini (50:20) and Old Town’s Cassie Hintz (59:06). Defending race champions are Luchini (52:06) and Kristine Guaraldo of Brewer (1:09:19).
The race starts at 7:30 a.m., with race-day registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. near the starting line at the community swimming pool.
Walter Hunt 3K approaching
Looking for a shorter run amid some patriotic spirit?
The 35th annual Walter Hunt Memorial Fourth of July 3K will be run starting at 10:45 a.m. from the Brewer Auditorium.
Billed as Maine’s fastest race, the 3K follows the route of the Independence Day parade that begins at 11 a.m., speeding down Wilson Street and across the Chamberlain Bridge into downtown Bangor where it turns onto Main Street and then State Street before reaching the finish line.
Defending champions among 566 finishers last year are Adam Goode of Bangor (8:44) and Kristine Guaraldo of Brewer (10:53).
Course record holders are Riley Masters (8:02 in 2011) and Wendy Delan (9:28 in 1988).
FinishLynx will donate $1,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice if time is under 8:00 (men) or 9:20 (women), with a $100 bonus for each second below the standard.
Online registration for the race may be completed through June 28 at RaceWire.com, and race-day registration is available from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. near the starting line.