Sugarloaf Marathon & 15k sets record for third consecutive year with 1,328 registered runner
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – A record total of 1328 runners will compete in this year’s Sugarloaf Marathon and 15k on Sunday, May 20, marking the third consecutive year the race has set a record for participation.
Presented by Landry/French Construction Company, this year will mark the 30th anniversary of the event, which has more than tripled in size since 2007, when a total of 410 runners competed. Numbers grew steadily from there, with 451 competing in 2008, 503 in 2009, 709 in 2010, and 1009 in 2011.
Due to the explosive growth of the race over the past three years, organizers were forced to move the registration deadline ahead nearly two weeks earlier than in previous years in order to cap the number of runners.
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 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 $10,000 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. An all-you-can-eat pasta dinner will be served in the King Pine Room in the Base Lodge the Saturday evening before the race, from 5 to 8 p.m.
For more information on the Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K or to register, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/marathon.