Mount Desert Island Marathon Partners with Kinomap
October 11, 2023
One of the nation’s most beautiful fall half marathons will be experienced by runners worldwide, thanks to Kinomap for Races
Mount Desert Island, Maine / Oct. 11, 2023 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – There’s nothing quite like a scenic New England fall road race. Thanks to a partnership between Kinomap for Races and the Mount Desert Island Marathon, runners who may never have the chance to make it to Maine in person can experience the sights and sounds of the Mount Desert Island Half Marathon, without leaving home.
This weekend’s Mount Desert Island Marathon, Half & Relay is one of North America’s premier destination road races. The award-winning course features miles of pristine terrain passing tranquil lakes, soaring mountains, charming villages, and stunning seaside vistas —including Somes Sound, the only fjord on the Eastern Seaboard— all set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Acadia National Park, the first national park to be established in the Northeastern U.S.
The Half Marathon, which will be filmed for Kinomap, starts in Northeast Harbor, a picturesque village with a beautiful small harbor. Runners enjoy gorgeous oceanside vistas and vibrant peak fall foliage as they pass through Acadia National Park, and the half marathon course also cruises through the quaint town of Bar Harbor.
“Race Director Gary Allen has created an amazing premier destination race, and what better time of year to experience Coastal Maine then on a crisp, beautiful Fall morning,” stated Gary McNamee, Managing Director of Kinomap, North America. “We are bringing this scenic course, with its rolling hills and colorful foliage, to runners around the world, offering everything but the salty spray from the Atlantic Ocean!”
“We’ve supported Gary’s vision for sharing unique regional events worldwide since he first developed this groundbreaking technology years ago,” said Gary Allen, MDI Race Director. “Our race is incredibly special, but we realize not everyone may be able to make it to coastal Maine. It’s an honor to be one of the first trailblazing events to share a course experience on Kinomap.”
The Mount Desert Island Half Marathon will become a simulated race in the Kinomap app. A simulated race takes place on a treadmill or other cardio equipment, where the athlete can experience the elevation gains and drops of the course, see the sights and hear the spectators as if they were running on the course itself, with the pace of the video adjusting to the exact pace of the participant, ultimately feeling the thrill of crossing the finish line just like on race day.
Video of the race day experience is displayed in first person on your tablet, TV or smartphone. Event organizers can easily collect registration fees, promote charity fundraising, distribute swag and medals to simulated participants and offer in-video advertising, providing sponsors a highly targeted and global reach.
Events everywhere are invited to film their courses and upload them to Kinomap. Interested race directors can learn how their event can be included here.
About The Mount Desert Island Marathon
The Mount Desert Island Marathon, Half & Relay is North America’s premier destination road race. The award-winning course features miles of pristine terrain passing tranquil lakes, soaring mountains, sleepy Maine villages, and stunning seaside vistas —including Somes Sound, the only fjord on the Eastern Seaboard— all set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of Acadia National Park in peak fall foliage season. The Marathon and Team Relay start in the world-famous Bar Harbor, while the Half-Marathon starts in picturesque village of Northeast Harbor. All three races finish on the quietside of MDI in the hardworking lobster fishing community of Southwest Harbor.
Held annually the weekend following Indigenous Peoples’ Day, this fall classic has earned national and international accolades. Once you #RunMDI, you’ll see why! Learn more: https://www.runmdi.org
About Kinomap for Races
Kinomap is a developer of a patented course simulator technology for treadmills and other cardio equipment. The company partners with marquee endurance events, creating a race day course simulation, capturing all the electricity and excitement of the event from a runner’s point of view for an interactive course preview of an event, or to train and visualize prior to race day. Entrants can also participate remotely and officially through running, cycling, and even rowing in their health club or living room. This can turn a local live foot race into an international multi-sport event, creating a wider opportunity for the race with a pay to participate experience, benefitting the race, its sponsors, its vendors, its charities and participants around the world. For more information, please visit Kinomap for Races.
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