INAUGURAL RUNNING OF CADILLAC TO KATAHDIN VIRTUAL RUN HAS BEGUN. You can sign up any time between now and Dec. 9, 2017, backdate miles to Aug. 15, and you have until 11:59 PM EST on Dec. 9 to complete logging your miles. Even if you don’t complete the 200-mile virtual route in time, you’ll still get your Cadillac to Katahdin Medallion upon the race’s end.
Read the first blog post about this virtual run with medals, to learn about the event; our co-sponsors Mount Desert Island Marathon & Half and Millinocket Marathon & Half; the charities it benefits; and the Cadillac to Katahdin Medallion you earn. Special pricing for participants and volunteers in the real-life MDI and Millinocket Marathon and Half Marathons!
Below are links to other blog posts about the Cadillac to Katahdin Virtual Run as they’re published, in chronological order:
“New Cadillac to Katahdin virtual race aids Acadia, Millinocket” – 7/30/2017
“Acadia, Millinocket fans join forces for virtual race 2017” – 8/15/2017
“Cadillac to Katahdin virtual national park race boosts charity” – 9/5/2017
“Maine virtual race with medals connects long-lost friends” – 10/6/2017
“Real and virtual races with medals converge on MDI” – 10/22/2017
Here’s an online guide to the race route, in 5-mile increments. Go to this link to expand the Garmin Connect map, pictured below, that we used to custom design the racery.com route. Follow the instructions in the caption below to show mileage increments and elevation.
Click on mile markers below, to go to a Google Maps photo link for that general location, where available. If we have time, maybe we’ll add more of our own photos or videos to this guide, especially if this becomes an ongoing series of virtual runs with medals.
We’ll invite local businesses and organizations to share what mile marker on the virtual route they’re near, either in comments below, or on a Facebook group we’ve created for the event. That would truly make this a virtual community, whether you’re a runner or not, and whether you live in the Acadia or Millinocket regions or not.
This could also serve as an informal visitor’s guide to those who are thinking of visiting Acadia, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and Baxter State Park, and looking for places to stay or dine, and other activities in the regions.
May this virtual race be another way to deepen the connections between the Acadia and Katahdin regions, the people and the places, the businesses and the organizations, the visitors and the year-round residents.
Zoom into this Garmin Connect map to find the below mileage markers superimposed on the route for the Cadillac to Katahdin virtual run with medals. Where Google Maps photos are available near mileage markers, you can see them below by clicking on the links.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the capability to allow you add photos to this blog, although you can make comments below. But you can add photos at the Facebook group page we’ve set up, and indicate which mile it represents, whether in virtual reality, or actual reality, or when you’re logging that day’s mileage onto the virtual race route.
For example, if you have a photo of a Cadillac sunrise you want to share, you could upload the photo to the Facebook group page and indicate that as being at the Start, or Mile 0 marker. Or if you have a photo of yourself summiting Katahdin, you could upload that and indicate that as being at the Finish, or Mile 200 marker.
Racery.com, the technology that powers the virtual race, lets you upload photos when you log your day’s mileage, so you get to see both where you were in real-life, at the same time your race avatar moves along on the virtual map.
CAUTION: Don’t necessarily follow the virtual route on any of your real-life exploration of the Cadillac or Katahdin regions, or elsewhere in Maine. The route was drawn for the convenience of coming up with exactly 200 miles, It could be that some of the virtual route doesn’t follow any official trail, or goes up the hardest way, rather than the recommended way, up a particular mountain, or along less-than-scenic roads. We’d recommend getting a good topo map and hiking guide, before setting out on the trails. We’re fond of our own Acadia guides, of course (see sidebar), but you can search Amazon.com for other books or maps, or try a free app like Chimani.
Mileage guide to Cadillac to Katahdin Virtual Run with medals
Mile 0 – Cadillac sunrise
Mile 5 – Eagle Lake Road
Mile 10 – Otter Creek Road, along the real-life MDI Marathon route
Mile 15 – Seal Harbor
Mile 20 – Northeast Harbor, where the real-life MDI Half Marathon starts
Mile 25 – on the way to Somesville
Miles 30 and 35 – Echo Lake, virtually retracing steps to head off island after crossing the real-life finish line for the MDI Marathon & Half in Southwest Harbor
Mile 40 – on the way to Trenton
Mile 45 – passing the Hancock County – Bar Harbor Airport
Mile 50 – on the way to Ellsworth
Mile 55 – going through Ellsworth
Mile 60 – heading out of Ellsworth
Mile 65 – Dedham
Mile 70 – on the way to East Holden
Mile 75 – Holden
Mile 80 – passing Brewer, crossing the Penobscot into Bangor and heading northeast, away from the I-95
Mile 85 – through Veazie and into Orono, heading toward University of Maine
Mile 90 – through Orono, near the real-life route of UMaine’s Black Bear Marathon and Half Marathon, and into Old Town
Mile 95 – cross the Penobscot and into Milford
Mile 105 – skirting Greenbush Town Office
Mile 110 – into Passadumkeag
Mile 115 – Enfield
Mile 120 – heading into Lincoln
Mile 125 – cross the Penobscot again and through Lincoln
Mile 130 – Chester
Mile 135 – South Woodville
Mile 140 – Woodville
Mile 145 – Medway
Mile 150 – East Millinocket
Mile 155 – East Millinocket
Mile 160 – Golden Road, Millinocket
Mile 165 – Millinocket Road, Millinocket
Mile 170 – Penobscot Avenue, Millinocket
Mile 175 – Millinocket Road, Millinocket
Mile 180 – Golden Road, Millinocket
Mile 185 – Baxter Park Road, Millinocket
Mile 190 – Roaring Brook Road, Baxter State Park
Mile 195 – Roaring Brook Road, Baxter State Park
Mile 200 – Katahdin