Course & Climate
The setting for the race is breathtaking as it follows the Maine Scenic Highway - Route 27, winding through the beautiful mountains of Western Maine. Despite the mountainous surroundings, Sugarloaf's course is ranked among the top 15 fastest marathon courses in the nation. The first 5 miles of the marathon are flat, miles 5-10 are rolling hills with a steady two-mile climb at mile 8. The last 16 miles have an elevation loss of 980 feet. The course starts in Eustis, travels through Carrabassett Valley, and ends in Kingfield. The weather in the mountains this time of year is ideal for running. Normal morning temperatures range in the 40's at 7am and rise to the 70's by 11am. Download the course map, with elevation profiles, here.
Address of Marathon start is Cathedral Pines Campground; 945 Arnold Trl Eustis, ME 04936. The marathon portion of the race will start at 7:00 am.
The Sugarloaf 15K is on the last half of the marathon course, starting in Carrabassett Valley and following the Carrabassett River to Kingfield. This course, potentially the fastest 15K in New England, has an elevation loss of 300 feet between start and finish and is nearly void of hills. Both courses stay on Route 27 with no turns, no intersections and no chance of getting lost. The weather in the mountains this time of year is ideal for running. Normal morning temperatures range in the 40's at 7am and rise to the 70's by 11am. Download the course map, with elevation profiles, here.
Address of 15K start is Ayotte's Country Store; 1215 Carrabassett Dr Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947. The 15k portion of the race will start at 7:30 am.
Course Cutoff Times
The course will be open with timing services until 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 21st. That will allow 8 hours for marathon walkers (6:00 am start), 7 hours for marathon runners (7:00 am start) and 6.5 hours for 15K racers (7:30 am start). After the 2:00 pm timeframe, the course will be available, but support services and timing will not be.