Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K
Robert Hollis and Sacha Hourihan win the 37th Annual Sugarloaf Marathon
Jonny Wilson and Heather Gallant claim wins in 15K.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (May 19, 2019) - With cool temperatures and steady rain showers providing challenging conditions for runners, 25 year-old Robert Hollis of Farmington Maine, won the 37th annual Sugarloaf Marathon today in two hours, thirty four minutes, and twenty-three seconds. Thirty three year-old Sacha Hourihan of Southfield New Brunswick, claimed the women's title with a time of 2:50:33.
In the 15K, thirty-one year-old Jonny Wilson of Falmouth dominated the men's field with a finish time of 48 minutes and 7 seconds, while 38 year-old Heather Gallant of Wayne Maine emerged as the women's champion, in a time of 58:04.
Hollis captured the men's marathon title just one minute and forty-six seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Shiloh Schulte of Kennebunk ME, who finished with a time of 2:36:09. Forty year-old Mathieu Desbiens of Cookshire-Eaton QC rounded out the top three finishers in the men's division, crossing the line in 2:37:57.
Hourihan held more than a four minute lead over the women's second place marathon finisher, 44 year-old Christine Hein of North Yarmouth ME, who crossed the line in a time of 2:54:56. Suzanne Leslie, of New York NY took third on the women's overall podium, with a time of 2:57:12.
With competitors traveling from as far away as China, this year's race was comprised of more than 1900 registered runners hailing from 36 states and 6 countries.
Sponsored by Landry French Construction Company and Darling's, the Sugarloaf Marathon is Maine's oldest continuously run marathon. As an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon certified by the United States Track and Field Association (USATF), the Sugarloaf Marathon is wildly popular among running enthusiasts. Despite its mountainous setting, the course is primarily downhill and ends with a gradual 16 mile descent. Marathon runners regularly record personal-best times at Sugarloaf.
One hundred percent of sponsor dollars from the marathon go to the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust, which is a private, nonprofit trust dedicated to improving the quality of life for the communities that make up the Sugarloaf Area. Last year's event resulted in a donation of more than $12,000 for the Trust, which was distributed to deserving organizations in the Sugarloaf area.
The top three men and women in each race received cash prizes, and all entrants received a t-shirt, post-race breakfast, massage, and a finisher's medal.
About Sugarloaf - Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East, as well as the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.