The setting for the race is breathtaking as it follows the Maine Scenic Highway – Route 27, winding through the beautiful mountains of Western Maine. Despite the mountainous surroundings, Sugarloaf’s course is ranked among the top 15 fastest marathon courses in the nation. The first 5 miles of the marathon are flat, miles 5-10 are rolling hills with a steady two-mile climb at mile 8. The last 16 miles are downhill. The course starts in Eustis, travels through Carrabassett Valley, and ends in Kingfield. The weather in the mountains this time of year is ideal for running. Normal morning temperatures range in the 40′s at 7am and rise to the 70′s by 11am.
The Sugarloaf 15K is on the last half of the marathon course, starting in Carrabassett Valley and following the Carrabassett River to Kingfield. This course, potentially the fastest 15K in New England, has an elevation loss of 300 feet between start and finish and is nearly void of hills. Both courses stay on Route 27 with no turns, no intersections and no chance of getting lost. The weather in the mountains this time of year is ideal for running. Normal morning temperatures range in the 40′s at 7am and rise to the 70′s by 11am.
For just about all of us, running races with distances of the marathon-magnitude take a great deal of training and discipline. Register early and develop a training schedule and plan that works best for you.
Pre-register for the 2011 Sugarloaf Marathon & 15k by Clicking Here>>
- New for 2011 There will be no on site registration, all participants must pre-register.
- Check-In at Sugarloaf
Marathon & 15K check-in will be held in the Sugarloaf Base Lodge on Saturday, May 14, 2011 (the afternoon before the race) from 3-8pm. There is no on site registration for the Marathon. All unclaimed Marathon bib numbers will be brought to the start line and are available for pick-up between 6-6:30am only.
A delicious all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner will be avaialbe for racers, friends and family from 5-7pm on Saturday, May 14, 2011 in the King Pine Room, Sugarloaf Base Lodge. Tickets can be purchsed at the door. A special presentation from our title sponsor and a brief overview of the Sugarloaf Charitable Trust will be given as you enjoy your dinner. Dinner will include carbohydrate-rich spaghetti, meat and vegetarian sauce options, salad, garlic bread, cookies and refreshments.
Race Day Transportation
The Marathon starts at 7am at Cathedral Pines Campground in Eustis, Maine on Sunday, May 15. Transportation to the start is available for all marathon runners. Buses will leave from Tranten’s Parking Lot in Kingfield (across from the race finish line) at 5:30am sharp. Sugarloaf resort pick-up is available ONLY at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel lobby at 5:45am. For walkers or runners who need a little extra time and would like to start the marathon at 6am, a shuttle will leave Tranten’s at 5am. Please note, due to timing restrictions we will not be able to hold the shuttle for any reason. Baggage transport is available from the start to the finish line. There will be a shuttle after the race for Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel drop-off only.
The 15K starts at 7:30am at Ayotte’s Country Store in Carrabassett Valley, Maine on Sunday, May 15. Two shuttles will leave the Tranten’s Parking Lot in Kingfield (across from the race finish line) at 6am sharp. Baggage transport is available from the start to the finish. There will a shuttle after the race for Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel drop-off only.
Finish Line, Live Timing, Awards & Prizes
The finish line for both the Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K is located in downtown Kingfield, ME in the Jordan Lumber parking lot across from Tranten’s Shurfine. Runners are met by friends, family and a support staff numbering over 50 people! At the finish line, we offer runners a variety of services, including:
- Medical support, assessment and treatment
- Complimentary chiropractic examinations and relief
- Complimentary massage provided by area licensed massage therapists
- Delicious (free) post-race lunch prepared by local chef Rose Fields
The Sugarloaf Marathon uses Live Timing services provided by the professionals at All Sports Events, Timing & Event Services. With over two decades in events management, the team at All Sports Events are equipped with the latest technology and tools in the timing field.
Awards & Prizes
Every Marathon and 15K racer that crosses the finish line in Kingfield receives a finishers commemorative medal. Medals are awarded at the finish line by our volunteers. Some runners will receive Garmin running watches which are some of the best running watches made today
Awards for qualifiers in the following categories
- Overall top Male and Female Marathon & 15K athletes
- Top three Male and Female runners within in each age group
Cash prizes will be awarded in the following fashion by our title sponsor directly following the race. Time TBA.
First place Male & Female: $500, plus $300 bonus (M:2:30, F: 2:50)
Second place male & female: $300
Third place male & female: $200
First place Male & Female: $300, plus $200 bonus (M:47 min., F: 52 min.)
Second place male & female: $100
Third place male & female: $50
Travel & Lodging
Located in the heart of the western mountains of Maine, the storied Sugarloaf area is incredibly scenic and well-worth the trip. The First Timer’s Guide, Travel Tips & Directions to Sugarloaf make planning your trip easy and worry-free.
Karma Fair Trade Show
Marathon and 15K runners and their families will have the opportunity to peruse a Karma Fair Trade Show at the Sugarloaf Base Lodge, May 15 from 3-8pm (during race registration). A percentage of proceeds will go to the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust and towards the construction of the Carrabassett Valley Public Library and Community Center backyard playscape that will be utilized by Western Maine Center for Children, Carrabassett Valley Preschool, and the general public.
Featured items available are Baskets of Africa, Mr Ellie Pooh stationary, Kingdom Ventures bags, and Nightlight jewelry. Other items include: fair trade jewelry, soapstone, collectibles, toys, ornaments, pottery, purses, soaps, candles…and much more… all unique and reasonably priced from $5-$50. Every purchase brings hope to others… and supports two of our community’s non profits and their causes. Cash/checks/credit cards accepted.
The Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust
The Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust is a private, nonprofit trust, dedicated to improving the quality of life for the communities that make up the Sugarloaf area. The trust provides financial assistance to organizations with nonprofit, tax-exempt status. The goal of this assistance is to encourage the growth in existing human service and cultural organizations and to develop new organizations that will involve and improve the Sugarloaf area.
The Trust was established in early 1984, when the employees of Sugarloaf Mountain Corporation began contributing on a volunteer basis to the Trust through a payroll deduction program. These contributions were, and continue to be, matched by Sugarloaf Mountain Corporation. Tax-deductible contributions to the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust are presently being accepted from the entire Sugarloaf community.
In May 2009, thanks to the donations of Sugarloaf employees throughout the season, the Trust was able to distribute $13,500 to community organizations, including:
- United Way of the Tri-Valley Area
- Girls Scouts of Kingfield “Bridging the Gap” Program
- Mount Abram High School
- Stratton/Eustis Food Pantry
- Western Maine Center for Children
- Carrabassett Valley Public Library
- Stratton Elementary School
- Kingfield Pops
- Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center
Become a Sponsor, Support the Trust
Giving back to the Sugarloaf area community is both easy and rewarding for small and large businesses alike. In 2009, the Sugarloaf Marathon contributed more than $10,000 to the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust, the largest donation in the event’s history – 100% of sponsor dollars went directly to the Trust! Sugarloaf and the Trust welcomes donations ranging from $25 and up and sponsors benefit from having their businesses name at the forefront of the race action. Check out the many levels of sponsorship opportunities below.
- Title Sponsor: $5,000 +
The premiere sponsorship level available grants the donating party exclusive benefits and rights to all communications created for the Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K.
Company’s logo will be featured on the front of the official event T-shirt as well as on all race bibs. Sponsor will also have the option to display banners and signage at both the start and finish areas of the race.
In addition to these benefits, representative opportunities include: official recognition and speaking engagement at the Race Dinner the night prior to the event, starting the Marathon with the assistance of a Sugarloaf race official and honored guest at the Awards Ceremony directly following the race.
- Associate Sponsor: $1,000 – $4,999
The Associate Sponsor level grants the company logo placement on the back of the official event T-shirt, logo inclusion on signage and banners at both the start and finish areas of the race, plus company logo displayed on the Marathon webpage with links to company sites.
- $500 - $999 - Have your business’s company logo printed on the back of the official Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K race T-shirts. Banner/sign placement at the Finish Line can be arranged as well.
- $250 – $499 - Have your business’s name displayed on a banner/sign on the Finish Line fence in downtown Kingfield. This is a high traffic area and a great exposure opportunity.
- $100 - Reserve a mileage marker exclusively for your business on race day.
- $50 – Be one of two area businesses to be listed on one of Sugarloaf’s mileage markers on race day.
- $25 – Be one of four area businesses to be listed on one of Sugarloaf’s mileage markers on race day.
Getting involved is easy and fun. Sponsorship levels are flexible and can be tailored to meet your businesses means. Please contact Special Programs Coordinator – Joni Blanchard - to learn more about how your company can give back and stay in the race. Email Joni or call 207-237-6950.
Read what runners had to say about the experience…
“This was my first time running the Sugarloaf Marathon and compared to other marathons that I have run, your event was so well organized yet laid back at the same time. Everyone was very friendly and so helpful, from the people at packet pick-up to the people at the aide stations along the course and those who provided food after the race! The homemade granola and soup after the run were delicious and really hit the spot. Hats off to you for having such a well organized and enjoyable race! I will definitely be back to run Sugarloaf again and I will recommend it to other runners as well.”
“I wanted to extend my thanks to you for another great race. The weather conditions that you ordered up were perfect! Couldn’t have been better! But I wanted to say that the people managing the water stops were amazing … every single stop had people communicating “Gatorade” or “water” and they were very supportive. Definitely a special group!”
“I have to say it was truly a good day. I loved all of the support at the water stops. I’ve been running the race for a few years, and I think that you had the best volunteer support ever at the stops. The weather was good, and you did a good job of putting on the race. I almost didn’t come due to gas prices, but I’m glad that I did. I love your race – great job! See you next year!”