BAR HARBOR — Hundreds of runners are gearing up for the 38th Annual YMCA Half Marathon and Fall 5K road race to be held on Saturday, Sept. 19.
Participants are scheduled to head off from the starting line near the Bar Harbor athletic field at 7:30 a.m., with those walking the 13.1-mile course joining the runners.
With more than nine miles of the half marathon course inside Acadia National Park, runners will funnel over the triple-arched Duck Brook bridge toward Eagle Lake, run around the lake and return to Bar Harbor along Route 233 and the Cromwell Harbor Road.
Those running the 5K (3.1-mile) race will depart at 8 a.m. and run a loop through downtown Bar Harbor to Cleftstone Road and down Route 233, ending at the athletic fields.
A total of 382 runners and walkers ages 13 to 72 completed the annual event last year. Mike Mackinnon achieved the winning time for the half marathon of 1:16:21. The women’s winner was Christine Twining with a time of 1:26:34.
Those wishing to participate can register online at www.mdiymca.org. Registration for the half marathon is $100 and for 5K is $30.
The race is organized by Mount Desert Island YMCA, with proceeds funding the organization’s scholarship programs, among other ventures.
The primary sponsor of the race is Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.