Bold Coast Runners

Downeast Maine and the Maritimes

Our 2021 Events: (click for details)
June 5: Cobscook Bay Road Races 10K/5K
October 3: Bad Little Trail Run 7.0/2.5 miles
October 31: Moosehorn Ghost Run Trail Half Marathon & Relay
November 14: Bold Coast Bash 30/20/10 miles
January 1: Cobscook Winter 20K/10K.

Next Group Runs: (please note the RRCA guidelines regarding the Coronavirus below)

When: Sunday June 20st.

In line with our practice of trying to spread out run locations throughout our area and have a mix of roads and trails, this week we are heading for the deep south - Great Wass Island. Read about this "spectacular gem of Downeast Maine" here:

Where: Meet at the Nature Conservancy parking lot at

To get there drive down through Jonesport, cross to Beals Island, then Great Wass Island - following signs for the Downeast Institute. Arriving on Great Wass turn right onto Black Duck Cove road and follow it down to just past the Institute (on the right) and you will see the Nature Conservancy Parking area on the left. Note, the roads are slow so allow plenty of time.

What: a short (4.5 mile) or longer (9 - 10 mile) toop in this beautiful Nature Conservancy island Preserve. The runs both start on the same trails and separate at Little Cape Point where the shorter version cuts inland back to the start.

Short Route: The 4.5 mile loop joins up the 1.5 mile Mud Hole Trail and 1.5 mile Little Cape Point Trail via 1.5 miles along the boulder beach on Eastern Bay, Expect this to take 1.5 hours or so at a relatively easy pace.

Longer Route:: an approximately 10 mile circuit of the entire island - the exact distance depending on how many short cuts are taken across headlands. This is a Strava track of a 9 mile version: done by Donna and John last year.

Bring appropriate food and drink to share afterwards.

Looking ahead to Sunday June 27 - Well be in Lubec for the annual Bay of Fundy International running celebration. Details to follow early next week. This is a road run with 10k/20k distances.

RRCA COVID guidelines:

  • Don’t show up if you are feeling ill or have flu-like symptoms.

  • Don't share fluids. Carry your own fluids to avoid contact with others on course.

  • Don't share towels, food, gels, or any other item that runners normally share freely.

  • Do wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after using the port-a-john.

  • Do not spit or “nose rocket” your nose in public – bring along tissues or a small towel or a good old-fashioned hanky if you need to get rid of some snot during the race.

  • Do practice social distancing - ensure appropriate spacing between runners; the current recommendation is at least six feet of separation. (addendum from Phil: pay attention to which way the wind is blowing and adjust accordingly for distancing, snot rockets, etc.)

  • Do avoid close-group selfies.

Who we are: a welcoming, encouraging and supportive group of crazy people who run the roads and trails of way Downeast Maine, the Canadian Borderlands, and beyond. We welcome everyone, from beginners to old-timers and from tortoises to hares. We run distances ranging from 1 mile to 50 miles and on anything from smooth tar to rugged single track. If it's hot: we run, if it rains: we run, if it's snowy: we run in snowshoes, if icy: in spikes. We just run, mostly for fun, but some of us are also competitive!

Communications: We communicate primarily through Google Groups. You do not need to be a google user to use this service. Simply email to communicate with the entire club. Open to everyone.

Club Runs: most Sunday's at 7:00am somewhere in coastal Washington County or just over the border in Hancock County or Charlotte County, Canada (location and time set by group leader).

Other Runs: if you're running and want to invite others to join you members can send out a group message with time, date, place & details to

Races / Events: see "Local Events" for details. Club Members are eligible for event discounts: contact us for details at

Join our Club: see membership information here

As both beginners and long-timers we enjoy non-competitive weekly group activities hosted by individual members, as well as engaging in friendly competition and organizing and participating in local events, or travelling together to more distant events. We:

  • promote participation in active, human-powered, endurance-based outdoor sports, particularly running;

  • encourage, support and challenge each other as athletes and would be athletes of all ages and abilities;

  • organize weekly group training sessions;

  • promote and support existing races and events;

  • organize, and promote participation in, our own local events;

  • obtain discounted entry to some races for our members.

Bold Coast Runners is an affiliate member of the RRCA. Through the RRCA, we are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Running in Downeast Maine and the Canadian borderlands!

All up to date club members receive a 10% discount to our partner Running Warehouse on shoes, apparel and more!