Sugarloaf Marathon and 15 K returns for 36th year
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - With runners traveling from as far away as Guatemala to compete in the Sugarloaf Marathon as 15K, Maine's oldest continuously run marathon will celebrate its 36thanniversary on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
This year marks the third straight year that the event, presented by Landry-French Construction Company and Darling's, has sold out in advance. More than 1600 runners hailing from 39 states and 4 different countries have signed up.
The marathon will start at 7am, on May 20, in Eustis, following Route 27 through Carrabassett Valley and finishing on the West Kingfield Road. The 15K will start at 7:30 at Ayottes General Store in Carrabassett Valley, also finishing on the W. Kingfield Rd. Route 27 will remain open to vehicle traffic, but drivers are encouraged to avoid travel between Sugarloaf and Kingfield from 7am to 12pm if possible.
As an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, certified by the United States Track and Field Association (USATF), the Sugarloaf Marathon is 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.
The Sugarloaf Marathon provides runners with spectacular views of surrounding mountain ranges and the Carrabassett River. Wildlife sightings are common, as runners share the roads and environment with the area's abundant population of moose and deer.
The top three men and women in each race receive cash prizes, and all entrants receive a commemorative t-shirt, post-race breakfast, massage, and a finisher's medal. This year's medals were designed and crafted by students of the Foster Tech Pre-Engineering Program, on the Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington.
All proceeds 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.
For more information on the Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/marathon.
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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.