2023 XTERRA Trail Run
5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathon
Sept 30 - Oct 1
5K &10K Registration open
Events All Weekend
Known for our “trail paradise”, Sugarloaf is home to over 60 miles of twisting tree-lined trails from base elevation at 1,417 feet to our mountain peak at 4,237 feet, offering a breathtaking natural environment filled with roots and rocks, stream crossings, and unexpected vistas for runners along the way.
The Sugarloaf festival event weekend is considered the pinnacle event in the XTERRA Trail Run World Series that features 30 qualifying races across 20 countries attracting more than 1,000 professional & amateur athletes and spectators. Marathon (42k) and Half-Marathon (21k) options are available as well as a “Racing Duo” category.
Things that are certain for both races include starts and finishes at the base of Sugarloaf Resort, a steep, rocky, and slow climb up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and some flat-smooth-and-fast sections through the valley that will feel like running on air. There are miles of trails undulating by idyllic mountain rivers and rails-to-trails sections made up of crushed packed stones that are “smooth and easy” for any age.
Over the years, the team at Sugarloaf in conjunction with the Carrabassett Region Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (CRNEMBA), Maine Huts & Trails, and the town of Carrabassett Valley have developed a truly world-class network that is maintained and improved year-round and has lured big events like the mountain biking Enduro World Series.
5K & 10K Trail Runs
Saturday, September 30
Home to 60 miles of twisting tree-lined trails the XTERRA 5K & 10k will not disappoint. Open to ages 6 and up the course is set with Sugarloaf as its backdrop, and will follow wooded trails from the Sugarloaf Base Area to Sugarloaf Outdoor Center's network and loop back with close to 500 feet of elevation gain. Breathtaking vistas, roots, rocks, and stream crossings create a natural environment for all levels of ability.
Half & Full Marathon Trail Runs
Sunday, October 1
Marathoners can expect a tough 40-kilometer course featuring more than 1,000 meters of climbing, and half that for the 21K runners. Exact course routing has yet to be determined and with so many spectacular options it’s certain the course designing gurus from XTERRA and the Sugarloaf Mountain Ops team will take as much time as they can to create their masterpiece in the mountains.
Make it a weekend The weekend will be filled with fun for the whole family including a free Kid’s Sprint Race, Axe Throwing, yard games, vendor booths, outdoor bar & grill, live music, and more!
Spectators can purchase tickets online to ride up the lift to access viewing spots along the course. The lift will be open Saturday & Sunday from 10am-4pm.
As the event takes place in numerous location sacross the mountain, several specating opportunities are within walking distance of the base area. See specator map below.
Closed for the season | Overlooking the Sugarloaf Golf Club, serving cocktails, breakfast, lunch, and dinner all summer.
Open Daily, 7-10am & 4-9pm | Located at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, serving modern Maine classics for breakfast, dinner, and après; Takeout available.
Open Daily, 10am-7pm Sunday-Thursday & 10am-9pm Friday-Saturday | Located on Mountainside Road.
Open daily | Serving Bag Burgers and great beer since 1969.
Open Thursday-Saturday, 4-9pm | Mas Amigos brings Mexican-style fare to Western Maine - Located in Village West.
Open Daily, 8am-3pm | Serving breakfast and lunch in the Village... it's all about the bread.
Open Wednesday-Sunday, 4-9pm | Independently owned and operated, The Rack offers burgers, beer, and barbeque at the bottom of the Access Road.
Opening on December 1 | Serving Italian cuisine in Carrabassett Valley.
Meet the Athletes
Interested in volunteering, becoming a vendor, or Race Partner/Sponsor? Contact Trent Labbe for more information.