PJ Gorneault and Leah Frost claim titles at 34th Annual Sugarloaf Marathon
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - With cool temperatures, clouds, and intermittent rain showers providing favorable conditions for runners, 37 year-old PJ Gorneault of Caribou Maine, won the 34th annual Sugarloaf Marathon today in two hours, thirty five minutes, and twenty four seconds. Thirty-two year-old Leah Frost of Glover Vermont, claimed the women's title with a time of 2:51:47.
Gorneault captured the men's title just one minute and fifteen seconds ahead of his closest competitor, 36 year-old Jonathan Baker of Cambridge MA, who finished with a time of 2:36:09. Thirty-two year-old Matthew Germain of Spencer MA rounded out the top three in the men's division, crossing the finish line in 2:39:15.
Frost held a ten minute lead over the women's second place finisher, 22 year-old Sarah Walker of Waterville ME, who crossed the line in a time of 3:01:47. Alina Gatowski, of Brookline MA, took third on the women's overall podium, with a time of 3:05:23.
In the 15k, 34 year-old Erik McCarthy of Old Town ME earned the fastest finish of the day with a blistering time of 48 minutes and 40 seconds, while 23 year-old Caludia Keep of Solebury PA emerged as the women's champion, in a time of 1:00:53.
This year's field of competitors surpassed the previous record of 1527, set in 2015, with a total of 1600 registered runners hailing from 34 states and 5 countries.
Sponsored by Landry French Construction Company and Darling's, the Sugarloaf Marathon is Maine's oldest continuously run marathon. As an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon certified by the United States Track and Field Association (USATF), the Sugarloaf Marathon is wildly 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.
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 will result in a record donation for the Trust, which will be distributed to deserving non-profit organizations in the Sugarloaf area.
The top three men and women in each race received cash prizes, and all entrants received a t-shirt, post-race breakfast, massage, and a finisher's medal.
Click here for complete results from both races.
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, and the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.