Patrick Moulton and Amanda Labelle take home titles at 29th Sugarloaf Marathon
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (May 15, 2011) – Patrick Moulton, from Providence, Rhode Island, won the 29th Annual Sugarloaf Marathon today in 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 9 seconds, and Amanda Labelle, from Rockland, Maine, took home the women’s title with a time of 3 hours, 3 minutes, and 34 seconds.
The two runners claimed the top spots in the marathon today despite the largest field in the 29-year history of the event. In total, 1011 runners, representing 34 states and provinces, competed in the two races. Runners came from as far as California, Florida, Idaho and Minnesota to compete in these events.
In the Sugarloaf 15k, Louis Luchini, from Ellsworth, Maine, crossed the line in first place for men with a time of 46 minutes, and 16 seconds, while Michelle Cook, from Cumberland, Maine, emerged as the women’s champion with at time of 1 hour, 1 minute, and 3 seconds.
The Sugarloaf Marathon is sponsored by Landry & French Construction and is Maine’s oldest continuously run marathon. As an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon certified by the United States Track and Field Association (USATF), the Sugarloaf Marathon is popular among running enthusiasts. Despite its mountainous setting, the course is primarily downhill and ends with a gradual 16 mile descent. Marathon runners regularly record personal-best times at Sugarloaf.
The Sugarloaf Marathon provides runners with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the Carrabassett River. Wildlife sightings are common, as runners share the roads and environment with the area’s abundant population of moose and deer.
All proceeds from the marathon go to the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust, which is a private, nonprofit trust dedicated to improving the quality of life for the communities that make up the Sugarloaf Area. Last year the marathon raised more than $14,000 for the Trust, which was distributed to deserving organizations in the Sugarloaf area.
The top three men and women in each race receive cash prizes, and all entrants receive a t-shirt, post-race breakfast, massage, and a finisher’s medal.
For more information on the Sugarloaf Marathon, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/marathon.