Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Registration Now Open

Registration is open as of October 20th. Deferred runners will receive an email with a code to apply toward registration for 2023.

Race Information

Sugarloaf Marathon 

The Sugarloaf Marathon is an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon. We are certified by the United States Track and Field Association (USATF) as an official sanctioned event. Over the years the Sugarloaf Marathon has become extremely popular among running enthusiasts from around the world. With a strict limit of 2,000 participants, this race will sell out. In 2018, 30.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon making Sugarloaf the fastest course in Maine and one of the top in the nation.

Located in the mountains of Western Maine, the Sugarloaf Marathon follows scenic route 27 as it winds through the Bigelow Mountain range and follows the Carrabassett River. The course starts in the town of Eustis, travels through Carrabassett Valley and finishes in the town of Kingfield. The first 5 miles of the race are relatively flat, miles 5-10 consist of rolling hills with a steady two-mile climb at mile 8. The last 16 miles has a gradual decent with an elevation loss of 980 feet. Marathon runners continue to record personal-best times while racing Sugarloaf.

Marathon Start Address:
Cathedral Pines Campground
945 Arnold Trail
Eustis, ME 04936

Marathon Start Time:

7:00am – Runners and walkers will start at the same time. We ask that walkers start in the far back of the pack. 

Sugarloaf 15K
The Sugarloaf 15K takes place on the last half of the marathon course, starting in Carrabassett Valley and following the Carrabassett River to the town of Kingfield. The course has an elevation loss of 300 feet from start to finish. The course stays on scenic Route 27 with no turns or intersections until the finish line.

15K Start Address:
Ayotte’s Country Store
1215 Carrabassett Drive
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

15K Start Time:
7:30am – Runners and walkers will start at the same time. We ask that walkers start in the far back of the pack. 

Finish Location:
West Kingfield Road Ballfield
832 West Kingfield Road Kingfield, ME 04947

Registration 

  • Registration will open October 20th until April 15th unless the race if it fills up sooner. Be sure to register online early to secure your spot at the best price. There will be no day of registration. 

    Pricing

    Marathon registration starts at $90. Prices will increase after the first 50 runners sign up. 

    15K registration starts at $70. Prices will increase after the first 100 runners sign up. 

    There are no refunds permitted, but you may choose to defer your registration to 2024 until April 15, 2023.

    Marathon Pricing  Number of Racers
    $90 First 50 to register
    $100 Next 100 registrations
    $115 After 150 registrations
    $120 After 500 registrations
    $130 After 900 registrations

    15K Pricing  Number of Racers
    $70 First 100 to register
    $75 Next 200 registrations
    $85 After 300 registrations
    $90 After 700registrations

    Steps to Register as a Deferred Runner from 2022

    2022 deferred runners who wish to run in 2023 should register using the discount code provided via email. Please check your junk mail if you did not see the code initially. If you wish to wait until 2024 to race, no further action is required at this time as your race status can remain deferred for one more year. Please note 2022 deferrals will not be extended beyond 2024.

  • Deferred Runners

    Deferred runners from 2022 received an email on 10/19/22 through RunSignup with a code to be applied toward registration for 2023. Deferred runners are not automatically transferred to the 2023 race and must register for 2023 using the code provided. If you are a deferred runner who wishes to wait until 2024, no further steps are needed at this time, but do be aware deferrals will not be extended beyond 2024.

    Deferrals, Bib Transfers, and Race Transfers

    All race adjustments such as switching from 15K to Marathon, deferring to 2023, or transfer to a friend can be made through your Runsignup profile by the April 15 deadline. If you miss this deadline, there will be one last opportunity to switch from 15K to Marathon or vice versa at bib pick-up on May 13. No switches can be made on the morning of the race. 

    If you have any questions, please email the race director at marathon@sugarloaf.com

    Deferral Instructions

    Race Switch Instructions

    Transfer to Friend Instructions

  • Refunds for the Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K are not offered. Registered runners may defer their registration to the 2023 race at a cost of $20.00 per runner. Deferrals will only be accepted until April 15, 2023, at midnight, with no exceptions.

    If you are already a deferred runner from 2022 who wishes to wait until 2024 to race, no further steps are needed at this time, but do be aware deferrals will not be extended beyond 2024.

Bib Pick Up 

Bib & registration packet pickup will take place in the Sugarloaf Base Lodge on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 3pm-7pm. 

Bib Pick up Address on May 13th: 

Sugarloaf Base Lodge
5012 Access Road 
Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

Unclaimed bibs on May 14th: 
Any unclaimed bibs will be brought to the race start locations Sunday morning. These are for registered racers only, we will not be handing out unclaimed bibs to unregistered racers wishing to run the race. Runners who miss bib pick up can get their race shirt at the finish line; we will not be mailing shirts. Race shirts are for runners who actually run the 2023 race, not deferred runners. 

  • Marathon morning of bib pickup: 6:00am-6:30am
  • 15K morning of bib pickup: 6:15am-7am

Please note: runners WILL NOT be able to switch races the morning of, this must be done in advance before April 15, 2023, or at bib pickup located in the Sugarloaf base lodge on Saturday, May 13, 2023.

Transportation & Course Information

Shuttles & Parking

  • Marathon Start Address:

    Cathedral Pines Campground
    945 Arnold Trail
    Eustis, ME 04936

    Please Note: There is absolutely no parking at the Marathon start. Racers are encouraged to take the shuttles provided or coordinate their own drop-off.  

    Departure Location  Departure Time  Destination Location Arrival Time 
    Marathon Finish 5:30am  Marathon Start 6:00am 
    Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel 5:45am  Marathon Start 6:00am 
    Sugarloaf Inn 5:45am Marathon Start 6:00am 
    Sugarloaf Parking Lots  5:45am Marathon Start 6:00am 

    Please note that there will not be a separate shuttle for race walkers. All walkers should coordinate their own transportation to the marathon start. 

  • 15K Start Address:

    Ayotte’s Country Store
    1215 Carrabassett Drive
    Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

    Departure Location  Departure Time  Destination Location Arrival Time 
    Marathon Finish 6:00 am  15K Start 6:15 am
    Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel 6:00 am  15K Start 6:15 am
    Sugarloaf Inn 6:00am 15K Start 6:15 am
    Sugarloaf Parking Lots  6:00 am  15K Start 6:15 am 

Shuttles to the Marathon & 15K starts are provided free of charge to racers only.  Multiple buses will be provided at each specified location and time below. This transportation is from the Sugarloaf Mountain Base Area to the race start locations, and from the finish line back to the Base Area.

Transportation from Finish
A shuttle will begin return trips from the finish line in Kingfield around 9am and will run as necessary or when full until the event concludes. Return to either the 15K start (Ayotte's) or the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel. 

Baggage Shuttles/Warming Buses
There will be baggage shuttles and warming buses at both the Marathon & 15K start locations. All bags being transported via baggage shuttle must have the colored bracelet attached to the outside. Bracelets will be provided at bib pick up. Bags will be transported to the finish line and organized by bracelet color. Please note runners must provide their own bags

Marathon Start Parking
Please Note: There is absolutely no parking at the Marathon start. Racers are encouraged to take the shuttles provided or coordinate their own drop-off. Walkers should especially coordinate their own drop-off as there is no designated shuttles for walkers.

15K Start Parking 
There will be designated free parking available at Sugarloaf for shuttle pick up. There is limited parking available at the Carrabassett Valley Airport which is located just north of the 15K start on the right.

Finish Line Parking
Paid parking available adjacent to the finish area; entrance first right south of the West Kingfield Rd. $5 FEE benefits the Doing Good in the Hood Fund which provides support services to Kingfield residents in need, including heating fuel, grocery assistance, money donations to the local food pantry, transportation to medical treatments and more.

There is no parking permitted along Route 27 In Kingfield nor at local businesses such as Mainely Provisions, Sillanpass Trading Post, Country Mutt, or Kingfield Woodsman. Vehicles left at these locations may be ticketed or towed at the owner's expense

Course Information 

The marathon course follows Route 27 from the town of Eustis to Kingfield; the 15K race starts in Carrabassett Valley. The road is open to vehicle traffic during the race so all runners must stay in the southbound (right-hand) lane while running. Please note the last two miles of the course are currently under construction. Racers should be aware of some gravel on the shoulders and uneven road surfaces.

Aid Stations with water and orange Gatorade (mixed 1/2 strength) will be available at the following locations: Mile 0, Mile 2.1, Mile 3.6, Mile 5.6, Mile 7.3, Mile 9.1, Mile 10.7, Mile 12.4, Mile 13.7, Mile 14.8 Mile 16.9, Mile 19.3 Mile 20.9, Mile 22.8, Mile 24.3, Mile 25.3. Gu Energy Gel is available at water stops located at Mile 0, Mile 9.1 and Mile 16.9. First aid supplies will be available at all water stops.

In the interest of safety, wheelchairs, baby joggers, bicycles, dogs, and car escorts are not permitted.

Please see the course map for the elevation profile.

Support Vehicles Are Prohibited
For the safety of our runners, please notify friends and family members that support vehicles are not allowed during the race. Route 27 will remain open during the race; support vehicles add to the road congestion and create additional safety concerns for our racers. 

Designated Viewing Areas with Off-road Parking: 

  • Village Of Stratton-7 miles north of the Sugarloaf Access Road
  • Bottom of Access Road
  • 15K Start- Ayottes Country Store
  • Tufulio's Restaurant
  • Route 27 Rest Area- 3 miles south of Ayotte's Country Store 
  • Finish Area-Downtown Kingfield 

Finish Line Provisions
There will be food, and beverages First Aid provided at the finish line for racers only. Food and beverages will not be available for non-racers to purchase.

Timing & Awards

Split timing and finish results will be available online through All Sports Event Timing

Every Marathon & 15K racer that crosses the finish line will receive a commemorative finisher medal.

Awards will take place in the finish area as soon as each age category is filled. Custom awards will be presented to the top 3 finishers in each age category as well as the top 3 overall finishers for each race.

Award Categories

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall

Age Group Awards (Male & Female divisions)

0-29  |  30-34  |  35-39  |  40-44  |  46-49  |  50-54  |  55-59  |  60-64  |  65-69  |  70-74  |  75+

Overall Cash Prizes
Top male and female Marathon & 15K athletes will be removed from their age divisions

Standing Marathon 15K
First Place $500 $300
Second Place $300 $100
Third Place $200 $50

Lodging & Dining

Dining 

The area has many different lodging and dining options available. Due to the time of year, dining hours and offerings may be limited. Please plan ahead, most area restaurants stop serving by 9:00pm and do not open up in time for breakfast on race day. Local grocery stores close around 7:00pm.

Pasta Party 

Enjoy a fabulous dinner that will include a variety of pasta (with a gluten-free option) and a selection of vegetarian and meat sauces. We will also be featuring a unique selection of salads, garlic bread, and an assortment of delicious desserts.

All are welcome to join the Pasta party which will be held from 5:00-7:00PM on Saturday, May 13th in the Sugarloaf Base Lodge. You may add this meal during the online registration process, or you can come back to add it at a later time. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door; first come first served. Open to all racers, friends, and family. 

  • Adults: $27 plus tax
  • Children (Ages 3-12 years): $17 plus tax
  • 2 & Under Free

45 North
Located in the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, serving breakfast and dinner daily. Enjoy custom-crafted cocktails and local beers in the pub, or sample the Chef-driven menu featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients creatively prepared to highlight the best of Maine's harvest.

Other area dining options may be available, please refer to the participant information sheet which will be available as the race gets closer.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a Sponsor

100% of sponsor proceeds from the Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K are donated directly to the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust. The trust is a private, nonprofit trust dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities that made up the Sugarloaf area. The trust provides financial assistance to organizations with nonprofit, tax-exempt status. Therefore, all sponsor donations raised are invested directly back into the region to support local school groups, sports teams and community organizations.

Learn more about the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust here. 

  • Sponsorship opportunities will be listed soon. If you have questions please email  Trent Labbe  tlabbe@sugarloaf.com

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors

Interested in Volunteering?

We couldn’t do this without the help of our generous community members. If you are interested in volunteering for the 2023 race, please email our volunteer organizer. 

COVID Update

While we are not currently expecting to require masks, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative test result to participate in the 2023 Sugarloaf Marathon or 15K, we will continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), as well as local health authorities regarding COVID-19 safety, and will adjust policies as needed prior to the race as conditions and guidance from these entities change.