Bold Coast Runners

Downeast Maine and the Maritimes

10 Short Days until the Moosehorn Ghost Run! - Will there be a Bold Coast Runner Relay Team?!

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)

What: Sunday Group Run: - Out and back along the Downeast Sunrise Trail eastwards between the marsh and the Machias River - should be a stunning morning if the sun comes out. Do an Out and Back to Rim Road for about 4 miles round trip or to the Fish Hatchery in East Machias and back for about 7 miles round trip. You can of course go shorter or longer (the trail ends just short of Eastport so Phil could run home, but this would make a rather long out and back for others!) The Sunrise Trail is the old rail trail - surface is mostly gravel with some stony, some soft dusty, and some uneven sections.

Where: Meet in the Sunrise Trail parking lot opposite Dunkin Donuts at the east end of the dyke in Machias. (this is at the other end of the dyke from Subway and the Pellon Center)

When: 7:00am Sunday 24 October.7:00am Sunrise Trail Machias

Bonus Run for the Real Trail Crazies - Bold Coast Sunrise:

What: Sunrise run along the Bold Coast Cliffs. An Out and Back along the coastal section of the Bold Coast Trail - we run down to the cliffs then south to Fairy Head, then back the same way - that way we miss out on the mud of the inland trail (but have a lot more ups and downs) and should be able to watch the late dawn and full sunrise over Grand Manaan from the cliffs.

Where: The main Bold Coast Parking lot:

When: 6:00am Saturday 23 October. Sunrise is at 6:56am. You will need a headlamp.

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!