MILLINOCKET- The Millinocket Marathon has a significant impact on the town in more ways than one.
The influx of people to Millinocket for the marathon brings excitement, fun, and new energy while people try to complete the 26.2 mile journey.
But according to Cody McEwen, the Millinocket Town Council Chair, the marathon has a major economic impact as well.
“This marathon brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to this area, which otherwise would not be able to come in because this is during our shoulder season between the end of summer into fall and our snowmobiling season,” McEwen said.
He said the main attractions are the runners, there are unsung heroes who are vital for the marathon to happen.
“We have a very great amount of volunteers and key leaders running this festival that we would not be able to have this happen this without them. The runners that come to this community are a very important part of our tourism,” McEwen said.
According to Peter Jamieson, the Katahdin Chamber of Commerce Director, the opportunity to put the area on display for the whole weekend is vital.
“The big picture is a great way to share our region with those from all over the country. People come in here from other parts of the state and the region and the country and we get to share this amazing place with them,” Jamieson said.