This Monday marks a very special day in New England – Marathon Monday! Patriot’s Day is a state holiday in Massachusetts, commemorating the Battle of Lexington and Concord in the Revolutionary War, and while lots of towns mark the third Monday in April with a cannon salute, modern celebrators watch the Boston Marathon. Here in Kennebunkport Maine, we will be glued to the coverage of Boston Marathon and cheering for American Jordan Hasay in her quest to become the fastest American marathoner ever. And since the forecast calls for some wind and rain, we might just hit the pavement in solidarity on Tuesday.
So for runners looking to clock a few miles and enjoy the beauty of the southern Maine coast, there are lots of scenic routes to enjoy right from the front door of Maine Stay Inn. And while there are more options than I could count, here are some personal favorites:
- Ocean Ave. Loop: The name gives away the best feature – the Atlantic Ocean! Hit the pavement with a left out the driveway of our Maine bed and breakfast. You will reach a fork at the Wildwood Fire Station, then turn right. Turbat’s Creek Road merges into Ocean Ave., bringing you right down to the Bush Estate and Parson’s Way Walk. Pass breathtaking coves, Blowing Cave, and Spouting Rock on your way back to Dock Square. Hit the heart of downtown – you could grab a post-workout treat or head up Spring St. and turn right at the First Families Museum. Runners or ambitious walkers will clock about 5 miles on this route.
- Beach and Back: Turn right out of the Maine Stay and head towards Dock Square. Fight the urge to get sidetracked by the ice cream shops and cute boutiques, and continue to the light and turn left. This road will take you along the three Kennebunk beaches. It’s an out and back route, so turn back when you are ready.
- Nature Loop: Check out the 1.5 mile loop at the nearby Rachel Carson Nature Preserve. With great shade, it’s an awesome choice on a hot sunny day.
- Windy Wildes: Like the Ocean Ave. route, head left out of the Maine Stay, but then straight at the Wildwood Fire Station. Wildes District Road will end in the heart of Cape Porpoise. Stay to the right of the fork and follow Pier Road until you hit the water at Cape Porpoise Pier. Stop for some Instagram worthy shots of Goat Island Light. Approx. 6 miles.
Looking for longer runs? Try your hand at the Maine Coast Marathon and Half Marathon (this year May 12 and 13, 2018)! And the full marathon course even goes right past the Maine Stay Inn! I am no expert, but I can’t imagine a more beautiful course for a long run. But no matter how you spend Patriots’ Day and Marathon Monday, there are lots of options for great runs right here in Kennebunkport Maine.