MILLINOCKET – The Millinocket Marathon & Half may be a sporting event but it is having a huge impact on the local economy. That is good news for a town that lost its biggest employer.
“Word got out that we are a failing community,” said Cathy Levesque, a community member and waitress at the Scoonic Inn, “It’s just growing and growing and it’s only going to get better.”
In its effort to revitalize, the Town of Millinocket held a marathon, but it is the shocking numbers that got everyone most.
“Everybody had just amazing positive energy,” said Skip Mohoff, the co-owner for Katahdin Cabins, “They were pulling together as one big team, to help each other to the tough conditions.”
“Our community held signs and well wishes everywhere,” said Levesque, “People opened up their homes and brought runners in.”
Despite freezing weather conditions, this marathon brought thousands of people into the town, which not only benefits local businesses, but residential living.
“So all the businesses were full, plus a lot of people who were driving around saw a lot of houses available too,” said Mohoff, “So they can come back and invest into the town.”
Across town, sleeping lodges were all filled, causing some to commute from Bangor.
“We’re already getting bookings for next year,” he said, “I would guess we will be filled for next year for the 8th and the 9th.”
Restaurants were slammed with customers all day.
“We are absolutely grateful for everyone’s generosity,” said Angela Levesque, a waitress at the Scoonic Inn, “It’s just excelling with the marathon being free and Gary Allen telling people to tip better and buy more. I think everyone did what he asked to help the community.”