It’s no secret. The MWC is one of our favorite races. 10 miles on a cold Sunday morning brings out some hearty runners, volunteers, sponsors, and organizers. Over the past 38 years, this race has only been cancelled twice due to weather. But, here we are. Facing a second wave. We must protect the schools, we must help protect our fellow runners, Mainers, and communities. It is impossible to get together on Superbowl Sunday at Cape Elizabeth High School this coming February. But (we say again!) That won’t stop us!
For years, we’ve used the phrase #MWCinTheWild and this year, we’re making it true!
How will 2021 #MWCinTheWild happen? With you joining hundreds of people and committing to run 10 miles outside sometime between February 1-13 and submitting your time!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to register?
Yes. For insurance purposes, and time keeping, making it official, and helping keep one of our favorite non-profit organizations alive, we are asking for a small registration fee of $5 for MTC members, and $10 for non-MTC members. Click here to register.
When is registration open?
Starting now, and ending at would have been race time, Sunday, February 7, at 9:45 a.m.
When do I have to run the #MWCinTheWild in order for it to count?
Your run should be between the 6 days before and 6 days after what would have been race day, so between February 1st and February 13th. You must also report your run during that period of time (so if you wait until the last second on the last day, then make sure you report your run before midnight!)
Will the #MWCinTheWild be part of the 2021 Maine Track Club Grand Prix?
Potentially, yes. The race committee is currently discussing what the Grand Prix is going to look like with potential virtual and in-person races throughout 2021. More details will be forthcoming before race day.
Should I take ridiculous pictures of myself running 10 miles wearing an old MWC shirt and share them on social media?
YES PLEASE! You can share on the MWC Facebook page, tag the MaineTrackClub Instagram, email pics to firstname.lastname@example.org or do all of them. We will also have an opportunity to upload photos along with your results.
Will I get into the race?
Yes! Unlike other years, we do not have a race cap for the #MWCinTheWild
Can I run these 10 miles inside? or 1 mile a day for 10 days?
NO! The 10 miles must be run as one run, outside.
I’m also planning to run the MTC Longfellow Frostbite 2.5K on Sunday, February 14.
The MTC Longfellow Frostbite 2.5k is the day after you must have completed your #MWCinTheWild run. You have almost 2 weeks to complete your run and can plan accordingly if you require more recovery time. You can also run your virtual Longfellow in advance as long as you remember to report your results on the 14th.
Can I run on the course on Superbowl Sunday during race time?
Please, do not do this. There will be no course support, road closures, additional snow management, permits. We do not have permission to be on the high school property. Please consider avoiding the course this year, and if you must run please stay off of the school property.
Can I run the 10 miles with Friends?
That is up to you, but we recommend only running with people you are already normally exposed to (such as members of your household) and to at least maintain social distancing and a mask. We are holding a virtual race this year so that you can stay safe and stay healthy.
Will there be awards?
Other than bragging rights, there will not be any awards this year.
Why would I choose to pay up to $10 to run 10 miles in February?
The Mid-Winter 10 Mile Classic is a tradition in Southern Maine, and while it isn’t safe for us to hold the race this year we want to make it possible for people to motivate themselves to continue training and to celebrate running. Paying $10 (or better yet, being a Maine Track Club member and paying $5) helps us keep the Maine Track Club able to continue to support the sport of running in Maine so that after this pandemic we can continue to put on races and other events. If you aren’t a member, there’s an option to sign up when you register. Click here to register for the race.
What will happen for the 2022 Race?
As this point in time, we plan on holding the race in person again in 2022. We will not make any final decisions until late in 2021 based on the progress of the pandemic throughout the country and in Maine. For the latest information, visit