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Maine’s oldest Marathon returns for 33rd run

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Following a record breaking year for participation and charitable donations this past May, Maine's oldest continuously run marathon, the Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K is set to return for the 33rd year, May 17, 2015 and registration is now open, the resort announced today. 

A record total of 1474 runners competed in this year's Sugarloaf Marathon and 15k on Sunday, May 18, 2014, surpassing the previous record set in 2012 of 1330.  

Proceeds from the marathon benefit 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. This year's event led to a record donation of more than $15,000 for the Trust, which is distributed to deserving non-profit organizations in the Sugarloaf area.  

As of today, at noon, registration is open for the 2015 Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K; now through March 1, 205, runners can take advantage of early registration pricing of $70 for the marathon or $45 for the 15K. After that time the cost will increase to $85 and $55.  

Two new age brackets have been added for the coming year for runners ages 70-75, and 75+ in place of the former 70+ category.    

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.  

For more information on the Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/marathon.