Sugarloaf and Transcanada present 28th Annual Sugarloaf Marathon and 15k
Sugarloaf Marathon is Maine’s oldest and one of 15 fastest in the nation
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – On Sunday, May 16 More than 600 runners from around the nation are expected to run in this year’s Sugarloaf Marathon and 15k, the oldest continuously run marathon in Maine and one of the 15 fastest in the country. With 575 runners already pre-registered for the event, the field of competitors will be the largest in the event’s history.
The Marathon, presented by TransCanada, is an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon and takes competitors through the Western Maine Mountains on a course that ends with a gradual 16-mile descent, making it ideal for runners attempting to improve their marathon times or qualify for larger races.
“This marathon is such a unique event, and it continues to grow every year,” said Ethan Austin, Sugarloaf Communications Manager. “Every spring we see runners travel from across the country and as far away as Japan to run in this race. The combination of the beautiful scenery and a friendly course make this race a favorite for long distance runners.”
Last year a combined total of roughly 500 people ran in the marathon and 15k, the largest field of competitors in the race’s history. Racer numbers have grown steadily over the past several years and with a combined total of 575 runners pre-registered for the race, numbers are expected to eclipse 600 this year.
Runners are provided with spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the serenity of the Carrabassett River. Wildlife sightings are common, as runners share the roads and environment with the area’s abundant population of moose and deer.
Runners can register for the marathon and 15k online at sugarloaf.com/marathon. The top three men and women in each race will 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.
Lodging is available at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel for the marathon for $88 per person, per night. Call 1.800 THE LOAF or visit www.sugarloaf.com for reservations and more information.
Net proceeds from the races will benefit the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust, which supports community food pantries, educational programs, and cultural activities in the greater Sugarloaf area. Last year’s races generated a donation of more than $10,000 to the trust.
For more information on the Sugarloaf Marathon and 15k please visit www.sugarloaf.com/marathon.