2020 Registration is Open

Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K

Sunday May 17, 2020

The Sugarloaf Marathon, Maine's oldest continually running Marathon, returns Sunday May 17, 2020. As an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon, a notably fast course known for PRs, and spectacular scenery, it's a great race to watch and even more rewarding to run.

  • Sunday May 17, 2020
  • Eustis to Kingfield
  • Registration Opens Oct 1, 2019

  • The Marathon starts in Eustis, and the 15K starts in Carrabassett Valley. Both finish in Kingfield. 
  • In 2019, 31% of Marathon finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon.
  • The Sugarloaf Marathon is an official sanctioned event certified by the United States Track and Field Association (USATF).

Get in on lodging early for the 2020 Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K. Shuttles run from the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel to both start lines and back from the finish line, and with rooms starting at $75 per person, it books up fast.


Refunds & Deferrals

Refunds for the Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K are not offered. If you deferred from 2019, please check your email for a registration code. Your spot is not guaranteed even with a 2019 deferral, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. Please contact marathon@sugarloaf.com with any questions. 

Bib & Packet Pick-Up

Bib and registration packet pick-up will take place in the Sugarloaf Base Lodge on Saturday, May 16th, 2020 from 3:00-7:00PM. Registered runners will need to present an ID to pick up their bib and packet. We will only release bibs and packets to registered runners; friends and family cannot pick up your bib or packet for you.

Unclaimed Bibs

All unclaimed bibs will be brought to the race start lines on Sunday morning. Only registered racers will be allowed to claim these bibs; we do not offer unclaimed bibs to non-registered runners. 

Marathon day-of bib pickup 15K day-of bib pickup
6:00-6:30AM 6:15-7:00AM

Bib Exchanges/Transfers

All bib exchanges and transfers must be completed before the race sells out. Once the race is sold out, no bib exchanges or transfers will be allowed. 

Race Switches

  • Registered runners can switch races until the night before the race at bib pickup. An early switch deadline for 2020 will be announced soon. 
  • If you switch races before the early switch deadline, your bib will match your race. If you switch at bib pickup, your bib will match the race you originally registered for.
  • Race switches are not allowed between the early switch deadline and May 16, 2020. 
  • Race switches on May 16th can only be done at bib pickup in the Base Lodge.
  • Race switches are not allowed the morning of the race.
  • There is no credit offered to racers switching from the Marathon to the 15K.
  • Racers will be charged the registration difference when switching from the 15K to the Marathon. 
  • Race up-charge fees will be based on the date of the change, not the original registration date. 

To make a change in your registration, please email the Race Director. 

Route 27 from Eustis to KingfieldThe Course

Located in the mountains of western Maine, the Sugarloaf Marathon follows scenic Route 27 as it winds through the Bigelow Mountains and follows the Carrabassett River. The first 5 miles out of Eustis are relatively flat before rolling hills peak to a steady climb miles 8-10. The last 16 miles along the river are a gradual, steady descent- dropping 980 feet for some seriously fast finishes and plenty of PRs.

Marathon Start

The Marathon start line is located at Cathedral Pines Campground: 945 Arnold Trail, Eustis ME 04936. 

Start Time
Runners 7:00AM
Walkers 6:00AM

15K Start

The Sugarloaf 15K starts in Carrabassett Valley and follows the Carrabassett River to the finish in Kingfield. The course loses 300 feet of elevation from start to finish, and stays directly on Route 27.

15K Start Line Address

Ayotte's Country Store

1215 Carrabassett Drive

Carrabassett Valley, Maine 04947

15K Start Time

Finish Line

Both the Marathon and 15K finish at 832 West Kingfield Road, Kingfield; the baseball field near Jordan Lumber. See finish line parking information below. 

Aid Stations

Aid stations are located about every two miles along the course, including the start line and finish line. Every aid station has water, orange gatorade (half strength), Tylenol, salt tablet, Band-Aids, and Vaseline.

GU packets are available at mile 8.7 and mile 16.8. 


Portable toilets are located at the starting line for both the marathon and 15K, multiple locations throughout the course, and at the finish line. 


The Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K is an open road race, so the course is not closed to vehicles. Local traffic is encouraged to avoid the course as much as possible during the race, and in an effort to keep all runners safe, on course support by friends and family is not permitted. There will be designated viewing areas with limited parking along the course. 

  • Bicycles, strollers, and pets are strictly prohibited from the course for everyone's safety. 
  • Parking is allowed in downtown Kingfield, and at the finish line (see below for details). 
  • Parking is not allowed at the following locations: 
    • Tranten's
    • The Kingfield Woodsman

Finish Line Parking

Finish line parking is available for $5 per car. All parking fees are donated to Kingfield area residents in need to help with food, medical, and heating costs. 


Transportation to both the 15K and Marathon start lines is provided at no charge to registered participants. There is no parking at the Marathon start line, so we encourage all racers to take the provided shuttles. Since space is limited, shuttles are reserved for participants only- spectators will not be able to use the shuttles.

Shuttles will run from the finish line starting at 9am to the following locations:

  • 15K Start (Ayotte's Country Store)
  • The Rack (bottom of the Access Rd)
  • Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel

Shuttle to Marathon Start

Time Participants Pick up Location
5:30am Runners Finish Line (Kingfield)
5:10am Walkers Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel
5:45am Runners Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel
5:15am Walkers The Rack 
5:45am Runners The Rack

Shuttle to 15K Start

Time Pick up Location
6:00am Finish Line (Kingfield)
6:00am Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel


While the Sugarloaf area offers a variety of lodging and dining options, many establishments have limited hours and availability in the spring. Make sure to plan ahead- most restaurants close by 9PM, and won't be open in time for breakfast before the race. There are several local grocery stores, but hours and stock vary.

Athlete Dinner

The Athlete Dinner will be held from 5:30-8:00PM on Saturday, May 16th in the Sugarloaf Base Lodge. Tickets can be purchased online in advance with registration. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door; first come first served. Athletes, friends, and family members are all welcome. 

2020 Menu

Pasta Bar

Choose a Pasta

Cavatappi ~ Gnocchi ~ Gluten Free Penne

Add a little sauce

Roasted Cauliflower. Sweet sausage. Tomato. Parmesan breadcrumbs
Spinach. Heirloom tomato. Toasted cashews. Lemon mascarpone
Roasted tomato. Chicken sausage. Kale
Pesto. Lemon. Sweet peas. Edamame. Almonds. EVO
Traditional Marinara

And a Salad

Garden salad ~ 5 Grain salad ~ Roasted squash, sweet potato, and bean salad

    • Adult Ticket
      plus tax
    • $27
    • Child Ticket (12 and under)
      plus tax
    • $17

45 North

45 North serves locally sourced and creatively prepared Maine favorites for breakfast, après, and dinner daily. Located just off the lobby in the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, the bar at 45 North offers custom crafted cocktails, an impressive beer selection, and excellent wines to pair with their popular pub menu. 

Finish Line & Timing

The finish line for both races is located on the West Kingfield Road in Kingfield. There's plenty of space for parking, and the $5 parking fee is donated to local charities.

Finish Line Services

  • Medical support, assessment, and treatment
  • Complimentary massages provided by Licensed Massage Therapists; runners only
  • Free snacks; runners only
  • Water
  • Toilet facilities
  • Blankets


Every bib is equipped with chip timing; due to our remote location, live timing is not available. Timing runs until 2:00PM, giving marathon walkers 8 hours, marathon runners 7 hours, and 15K runners 6.5 hours. The course remains open after 2:00, but timing and support may not be available. 

Timing services are provided by All Sports Events


The awards ceremony for each division will be held as soon as the top three racers in that division finish. Custom awards are presented to the top three finishers in each age category, as well as the overall top three women and men in each race. Everyone who finishes will be awarded a custom-made medal.

2020 Award Categories

The top three overall women and men from each race will be removed from the standings in their age categories, and will be awarded cash prizes and custom medals. 

Marathon Cash Prize
First Place $500.00
Second Place $300.00
Third Place $200.00

15K  Cash Prize
First Place $300.00
Second Place $100.00
Third Place $50.00

Age Groups

  • 0-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75+

Become a Sponsor

100% of sponsor proceeds are donated to the Sugarloaf Charitable Trust, a private nonprofit Trust that supports local organizations.

To become a sponsor, please contact the race director. 

Title Sponsor: $7,000

The Title Sponsor is the highest level of sponsorship, featuring your business name in the event logo as the Presenting Sponsor. The event logo is featured prominently on the official event T-shirts, banners and signage at the start lines and finsih line, and on the Sugarloaf website. Title Sponsorship includes:

  • Inclusion in the official event logo as 'Presenting Sponsor' 
  • Business logo on the back of event T-shirt
  • Access to display/vend in the finish area
  • A link to your business from sugarloaf.com/marathon
  • Signage at the Marathon and 15K start lines and finish line
  • Logo on banners at both start lines and finish line
  • Opportunity to include collateral in the race bags (samples, stickers, brochures, coupons, etc- sponsor provides)
  • Commemorative custom sponsor gift
  • Full mile marker sign

Gold Sponsor: $5,000

Gold level sponsorship includes:

  • Company logo placement on the back of the official event T-shirt
  • Logo inclusion on signage and banners at the both race start lines and finish line.
  • Company logo and link to your website from sugarloaf.com/marathon
  • Commemorative custom sponsor gift
  • Logo item in registration bags (sponsor provides)
  • Full mile marker sign

Silver Sponsor: $2,500

Silver Sponsorship includes:

  • Logo and link on sugarloaf.com/marathon
  • Logo on back of event T-shirt
  • Logo on banners at both start lines and finish line
  • Full mile marker sign
  • Small logo item in registration bag (sponsor provides)

Bronze Sponsor: $1,000

Bronze Sponsorship includes:

  • Logo on back of event T-shirt
  • Logo and link to website from sugarloaf.com/marathon
  • Logo on banners at both start lines and finish line
  • Full mile marker sign

Blue Sponsors: $500

Blue sponsorship includes:

  • Logo on banners at both start lines and finish line
  • Logo on the back of the official event T-shirt
  • Full mile marker sign

Orange Sponsors: $250

Orange sponsorship includes a full mile marker sign. 

Supporting Sponsors: $100

Supporting sponsorship includes 1/2 mile marker sign shared with another supporting sponsor. 

Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors

Darlings logo

Landry French Logo

Subaru Logo


The Sugarloaf Marathon depends on the support of many dedicated volunteers. To learn how you can get involved, please contact our Race Director