May 18th, 2014
Now in its 32nd year, the Sugarloaf Marathon is Maine’s oldest continuously run marathon, drawing hundreds of runners from all over the U.S. and Eastern Canada each year.
Despite the mountainous surrounding, Sugarloaf's course is widely known as a fast course. The final 16 miles of the course have an elevation loss of 980 feet. It is common for runners to have personal best times on this course.
In 2013, the Sugarloaf Marathon contributed roughly $13,000 to the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust, the largest donation in the event’s history. 100% of sponsor dollars went directly to the Trust!
The Sugarloaf Marathon is an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
The Sugarloaf Marathon is USATF certified.
Course & Climate Description
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.
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.
For just about all of us, running races with distances of the marathon-magnitude take a great deal of training and discipline. Register early and develop a training schedule and plan that works best for you.
Pre-register for the 2014Sugarloaf Marathon & 15k by Clicking Here>>
Registration ends on Monday, May 5, 2014.
There will be no on site, day-of registration; all participants must pre-register.
In 2014 the Sugarloaf Marathon & 15k will have a strict limit of 1600 racers.
registration for both the marathon and the 15k will end on May 5th or when the 1600 racer threshold is met - whichever comes first.
Check-In/Bib Pickup at Sugarloaf
Marathon & 15K check-in and race-bib pickup will be held in the Sugarloaf Base Lodge on Saturday, May 17, 2014 (the afternoon before the race) from 3-8pm. All unclaimed Marathon bib numbers will be brought to the start line and are available for pick-up between 6-6:30am only; unclaimed 15k bib numbers will be available at the 15k start line from 6:15-7am.
A delicious all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner will be available for racers, friends and family from 5-7pm on Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the King Pine Room, Sugarloaf Base Lodge. Tickets can be purchsed at the door. Dinner will include carbohydrate-rich spaghetti, meat and vegetarian sauce options, salad, garlic bread, cookies and refreshments.
A number of local restaurants and grocery stores will also be open on race weekend. For a complete list of options, click here.
Race Day Transportation
The Marathon starts at 7am at Cathedral Pines Campground in Eustis, Maine on Sunday, May 18. Transportation to the start is available for all marathon runners. Buses will leave from Tranten's Parking Lot in Kingfield (across from the race finish line) at 5:30am sharp. Sugarloaf resort pick-up is available ONLY at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel lobby at 5:45am. A 6:00AM start time is available for walkers who are expected to finish after 1:00pm. Results from 6:00AM starts will not be counted towards a Boston Marathon qualification or Sugarloaf cash prizes. For those using the 6:00am start, a shuttle will leave Tranten's at 5am. Please note, due to timing restrictions we will not be able to hold the shuttle for any reason. Baggage transport is available from the start to the finish line. There will be a shuttle after the race for Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel drop-off only.
The 15k starts at 7:30 at Ayottes Country Store on Route 27, roughly 5 miles south of the Sugarloaf Access Road. Runners may park at the Carrabassett Valley Airport near the 15k start. Buses will leave from Tranten’s parking lot (across from the race finish) at 6am sharp to the 15k start. Additionally, buses will leave from the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel lobby at 6:30am sharp. Baggage transport is available from the start to the finish. After the race, there will be a shuttles from the finish line to the 15k start and the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel.
Finish Line, Live Timing
This year's finish line for both the Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K are located at the baseball field just around the corner from the Jordan Lumber parking lot. Runners will be met at the finish line by friends, family and a support staff numbering well over 50 people! At the finish line, we will offer runners a variety of services, including:
Medical support, assessment and treatment
Complimentary massage provided by area licensed massage therapists
Delicious (free) post-race lunch prepared by local chef Rose Fields
The Sugarloaf Marathon uses Live Timing services provided by the professionals at All Sports Events, Timing & Event Services. With over two decades in events management, the team at All Sports Events are equipped with the latest technology and tools in the timing field.
Awards & Prizes
Every Marathon and 15K racer that crosses the finish line in Kingfield receives a finishers commemorative medal. Medals are awarded at the finish line by our volunteers.
Awards for qualifiers in the following categories
Overall top Male and Female Marathon & 15K athletes
Top three Male and Female runners within in each age group
To be awarded in the following fashion by our title sponsor directly following the race. .
First place Male & Female: $500
Second place male & female: $300
Third place male & female: $200
First place Male & Female: $300
Second place male & female: $100
Third place male & female: $50
Travel & Lodging
Located in the heart of the western mountains of Maine, the storied Sugarloaf area is incredibly scenic and well-worth the trip. The First Timer's Guide, Travel Tips & Directions to Sugarloaf make planning your trip easy and worry-free.
The Carrabassett Valley region is both remote and strikingly beautiful. Lodging on-resort at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel makes your stay both easy and comfortable. Guests at the Hotel enjoy:
- The luxurious and exclusive Boyne Beds - perfect for a solid night's rest before the big race.
- Wireless bluStreak internet access
- Fine dining at 45 North
- Spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges
- Hotel Health Club & Spa, with sauna, steam, therapy tubs, and fitness center
- Complimentary Coffee and Muffins for athletes the morning of the race between 5am-5:45am in the Hotel Lobby.
- Shuttle service to-and-from the Marathon/15K start and finish lines
Call 1-800-THE-LOAF or click here for more information about how to book your stay today.
The Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust
The Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust is a private, nonprofit trust, dedicated to improving the quality of life for the communities that make up the Sugarloaf area. The trust provides financial assistance to organizations with nonprofit, tax-exempt status. The goal of this assistance is to encourage the growth in existing human service and cultural organizations and to develop new organizations that will involve and improve the Sugarloaf area.
The Trust was established in early 1984, when the employees of Sugarloaf Mountain Corporation began contributing on a volunteer basis to the Trust through a payroll deduction program. These contributions were, and continue to be, matched by Sugarloaf Mountain Corporation. Tax-deductible contributions to the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust are presently being accepted from the entire Sugarloaf community.
Become a Sponsor, Support the Trust
Sugarloaf and the Trust welcomes donations ranging from $25 and up and sponsors benefit from having their businesses name at the forefront of the race action. Check out the many levels of sponsorship opportunities below.
Title Sponsor: $5,000 +
The premiere sponsorship level available grants the donating party exclusive benefits and rights to all communications created for the Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K.
Company's logo will be featured on the front of the official event T-shirt as well as on all race bibs. Sponsor will also have the option to display banners and signage at both the start and finish areas of the race.
In addition to these benefits, representative opportunities include: official recognition and speaking engagement at the Race Dinner the night prior to the event, starting the Marathon with the assistance of a Sugarloaf race official and honored guest at the Awards Ceremony directly following the race.
Gold Sponsor: $2,500The Gold Sponsor level grants the company logo placement on the back of the official event T-shirt, logo inclusion on signage and banners at both the start and finish areas of the race, plus company logo displayed on the Marathon webpage with links to company sites.
Silver Sponsor: $1,000
The Silver Sponsor level grants the company logo placement on the back of the official event T-shirt, logo inclusion on signage and banners at both the start and finish areas of the race, plus company logo displayed on the Marathon webpage with links to company sites.
Bronze Sponsor: $500
Have your business's company logo printed on the back of the official Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K race T-shirts. Banner/sign placement at the Finish Line can be arranged as well.
Blue Sponsor: $250
Have your business's name displayed on a banner/sign on the Finish Line fence in downtown Kingfield. This is a high traffic area and a great exposure opportunity.
Supporting Sponsor: $100
Reserve a mileage marker exclusively for your business on race day.
Supporting Sponsor: $50
Be one of two area businesses to be listed on one of Sugarloaf's mileage markers on race day.
Supporting Sponsor: $25
Be one of four area businesses to be listed on one of Sugarloaf's mileage markers on race day.
Getting involved is easy and fun. Sponsorship levels are flexible and can be tailored to meet your businesses means. Please contact Special Programs Coordinator - Joni Blanchard - to learn more about how your company can give back and stay in the race. Email Joni or call 207-237-6950. You can also call 800-THE-LOAF to learn more.
Read what runners had to say about the experience...
"This was my first time running the Sugarloaf Marathon and compared to other marathons that I have run, your event was so well organized yet laid back at the same time. Everyone was very friendly and so helpful, from the people at packet pick-up to the people at the aide stations along the course and those who provided food after the race! The homemade granola and soup after the run were delicious and really hit the spot. Hats off to you for having such a well organized and enjoyable race! I will definitely be back to run Sugarloaf again and I will recommend it to other runners as well."
"I wanted to extend my thanks to you for another great race. The weather conditions that you ordered up were perfect! Couldn't have been better! But I wanted to say that the people managing the water stops were amazing ... every single stop had people communicating "Gatorade" or "water" and they were very supportive. Definitely a special group!"
"I have to say it was truly a good day. I loved all of the support at the water stops. I've been running the race for a few years, and I think that you had the best volunteer support ever at the stops. The weather was good, and you did a good job of putting on the race. I almost didn't come due to gas prices, but I'm glad that I did. I love your race - great job! See you next year!"
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