Lobsters, lighthouse, and ocean— the things that come to mind when you think about Maine’s largest city, Portland. Tourists flock to the city to visit the historic Old Port district along Portland Harbor; the Arts District that runs along Congress St in the heart of the city; and the Portland Head Light, located in nearby Cape Elizabeth, which marks the entrance to Portland Harbor. Portland is known for its hip culture, with a mixture of arts, outdoor activities, fashion, and amazing culinary scene, all along the quintessential Maine coast. This is our guide to running in Portland, Maine.
Portland’s running highlights center on the ocean. The Eastern Promenade and Back Cove are the must-dos from downtown. The Harborwalk is a great way to explore east and south Portland, and a lighthouse, while Cape Elizabeth features Portland’s swankiest real-estate and some lovely running. Our runs in the downtown and southern Portland areas can be standalone or easily mixed and matched.
This is a fairly small city with a compact downtown. Central Portland is a peninsula inside of I-295 and has many of the city’s commercial highlights. Cross the Casco Bay Bridge to get to South Portland and Portland Head Light. Cape Elizabeth is 8 miles south of downtown.
Portland has around 66,000 full-time residents, but with the addition of its seasonal visitors and part-time residents in the summertime it can grow to two million! Portland stands as one of the few working waterfronts left in the United States, acting as New England’s largest tonnage seaport and second largest fishing port. The city is located on a peninsula in Casco Bay with access to many islands. Run your way through this historic and funky seacoast town with our iconic routes and don’t forget to stop for a lobster roll when you’re done!