Jake Barton wins Sugarloaf Uphill Climb
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – Twenty-one-year-old Jake Barton took home first place in the annual Sugarloaf Uphill Climb on Sunday, completing the grueling course in a time of 29 minutes and 15 seconds. Barton beat a field of 134 runners in a race that takes racers up more than 2,500 vertical feet over 3 miles to Sugarloaf’s 4,237 foot summit.
Racers battled brisk temperatures and strong winds as they raced up Maine’s second highest peak.
Eighteen-year-old Calvin Wight finished slightly more than a minute-and-a-half behind Barton, with a time of 30:50, and 21-year-old Johah Belk finished in third with a time of 31:00.
Twenty-one-year-old Molly Susla was the top finisher on the women’s side, with a time of 37:48, followed by 21-year-old Olga Golovkin, who finished in 37:48.
The Uphill Climb is an annual tradition during Sugarloaf’s Homecoming Weekend. Other events include a Kid’s Climb, the Upcountry Artists Arts & Crafts Show, and the annual Carrabassett Valley Academy Used Ski and Sports Equipment Sale, ranked the top ski swap in the east by Skiing Magazine in 2007.