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Since August is high season in Maine, you're encouraged to make hotel reservations IMMEDIATELY. Our host hotel, Portland Holiday Inn by the Bay has a generous discount for our event available at this link... Holiday Inn Special Offer. This location is a 10 minute walk from the ferry terminal from where you'll be taken to the start venue as well as where race check-in and the mandatory pre-race brief will be held on Saturday afternoon. Options for accomodations in the region can be found by visiting the Portland Visitors Bureau. There are a number of hotels within the city proper that are within walking distance of the Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal that will transport teams to the start venue on race morning, returning to Portland from the finish venue on Peaks Island on five trips between 1 and 6PM Sunday. "Early birds" might be fortunate to locate one of the many delightful AirB&B sites in the area. Check with Casco Bay Ferry Lines for inter-island ferry times or any of the water taxi companies if you consider an other island location keeping in mind that the race will start from Cliff Island (Long Course) and Long Island (Short Course) at 7:00AM Sunday. The finish line is on Peaks Island, several miles away. A special chartered ferry will transport athletes to the start venues from the main terminal on Portland's Commercial St. early on race morning. It will make one stop to pick up athletes on ONLY Peaks Island on the way to the start. Spectators wishing to view the race from the water can purchase boarding passes to chartered cruise boats at the "Store" tab on the upper left corner of the website beginning on May 1. Lobster Bake tickets for family and friends will also be available there for purchase.
Portland International Jetport is barely a ten minute car ride to the Commericial Street and harborfront part of Portland. Boston-Logan International Airport is 108 miles to Portland, slightly less than a two hour drive. Peaks Island is a 15 minute ferry ride from the Casco Bay Lines terminal on Commercial St.