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Bridge the Gap Race

May 4, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Held since 2012, Bridge the Gap has has become an Eastern Maine spring road race tradition!

Penobscot Narrows Bridge
Bridge the Gap Start
Bridge the Gap runners

2024 will be the first year that the Bucksport Recreation and Main Street Bucksport step in as caretakers of this important community event!

Bridge the Gap offers runners the choice of a 10-mile race or a 3-mile race.  Start at Fort Knox in Prospect and immediately cross the stunning Penobscot Narrows Bridge which featuring the tallest public bridge observatory in the world. The 10-Miler tours Verona Island from west to east, while the 3-Miler cuts across Verona Island and follows the scenic waterfront walkway. Both races finish on Main Street in the heart of downtown Bucksport.

In addition to two really fun and unique race distances/courses, this family-friendly event is centrally located in Bucksport attracts runners of all ages and abilities from all corners of Maine, and beyond!

Participants and their friends/family are encouraged to plan to make a day of it by dining in town and exploring the diverse local businesses. Fort Knox Historic Site and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory are also open on race day.

Registration Information

Register online or by phone: 207-469-3518

10 Miler: $50.00
3 Miler: $20.00

Register for Bridge the Gap

Start Information

Date: May 4th

Check in Time: 8:00am

Check in Location: Bucksport United Methodist Church, 3 River Road, Bucksport

Start Time: 10:00am

Start Location: Fort Knox Road/Route 174 (Near the bridge overlook)
Shuttle Buses will run participants from Bucksport United Methodist Church to the start location prior to the start of the race. The last bus will depart at 9:30am.

Finish Information

Finish Location: Fort Knox Park Inn (64 Main St, Bucksport, ME)
There will NOT be a shuttle to go back to Fort Knox at the end of the race.

Crossing the Bridge

  • The race starts on the Fort Knox Road/Route 174 and immediately crosses the Penobscot Narrows.
  • Our lane of the bridge will be closed for the start of the race. Public safety officials need the bridge to be cleared of participants as quickly as possible so that the bridge may be reopened to traffic.
  • We ask that all participants jog (or fast-walk) to clear the bridge deck as quickly as possible. Do NOT stop on the bridge for any reason! This includes stopping to take photographs. Participants seen lingering on the bridge will risk immediate disqualification.
  • If you find that you’re at the back of the pack, please move over to the side.
  • We are grateful to the state of Maine to be able to cross this iconic bridge.
  • Please respect the wishes of public safety and DOT officials.

Course Time Limit

10 Miler: There is an 2.5-hour (2hours, 30 mins) time limit beginning at 10:00am

3 Miler: There is a 45-minute time limit beginning at 10am

The finish line will close at 12:30pm. There is NO early start time.


Top 3 males and females of each age group will be awarded a mug and medal with the iconic Penobscot Narrows Bridge

Hydration Stations

We will have Hydration stations placed at mile markers 2,4,6,7,8 and 10.

Leave more than Footprints

The official race beneficiaries are;

  • Bucksport YMCA Youth Scholarships
  • Main Street Bucksport
  • Friends of Fort Knox
Bridge the Gap Road Race


May 4
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Bucksport YMCA


Bucksport, Maine