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Posted on: October 1, 2021

Maine Marathon Street Closures in Effect Sunday, October 3

Race Traffic Alert

Several streets in and around Baxter Boulevard, including the full length of the Boulevard, will be closed to motorists this Sunday, October 3 to make way for 3,400-plus Maine Marathon participants.

Mayor Kate Snyder will join and welcome the group which includes runners visiting Portland from 49 states and eight countries. The race start is 7:45 AM on Baxter Boulevard beside Pedro Field.

Full listing of street closures includes: 

  • Preble Street (From Forest Ave. to Baxter Blvd.) – 5am – 2pm
  • Baxter Blvd. Ext. (From Forest Avenue to Preble Street) – 5am to 3pm
  • Baxter Blvd. (From Preble Street to Bates Street/Washington Avenue) – 5am to 2pm
  • Payson Park roads (including West Kidder Street, Fernald Street entrances into Payson Park, from Washington Avenue) – 5am to 2pm.
  • Side Streets leading onto Baxter Blvd. – 5am – 2pm.

Local access only for Hannaford and the Preble Street parking lot will be allowed from Marginal Way. 

Times when runners will be filling the streets:  Washington Avenue (inbound traffic may be detoured onto Ocean Ave.: 7:45 – 8:10am / outbound traffic on 295 Washington Ave. ramp / Tukey’s Bridge will just be held back while runners cross). There will also be traffic delays on Washington Ave. during the race (approx. 9am – 2pm) due to returning runners (from the Falmouth side – the return trip) crossing over Washington Ave. from East Kidder to West Kidder to run down into Payson Park. Inbound vehicles will be detoured onto Ocean Ave.

The course route can be found here.

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