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Sugarloaf to host record field for 33rd annual Sugarloaf Marathon & 15K

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Following last year's record setting event, the 33rd annual Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K will see the largest field of runners in the races' history take to the starting lines on Sunday, May 17, 2015. This year's 1527 registrants surpass the previous record of 1474, set in 2014.  

Presented by Landry-French Construction Company and Darling's, this year's event marks the 33rd anniversary of Maine's oldest continuously run marathon, with competitors travelling from as far away as California to run in this year's race.  

The marathon will start at 7am in Eustis, following Route 27 through Carrabassett Valley and finishing on the West Kingfield Road. The 15K will start at 7:30 at Ayottes General Store in Carrabassett Valley, also finishing on the W. Kingfield Rd.  

Route 27 will remain open to vehicle traffic, but drivers are encouraged to avoid travel between Sugarloaf and Kingfield between 7am and 12pm if possible.

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.  

The Sugarloaf Marathon provides runners with spectacular views of surrounding mountain ranges and the Carrabassett River. Wildlife sightings are common, as runners share the roads and environment with the area's abundant population of moose and deer.  

The top three men and women in each race receive cash prizes, and all entrants receive a commemorative t-shirt, post-race breakfast, massage, and a finisher's medal. An all-you-can-eat pasta dinner will be held in the King Pine Room of the Sugarloaf Base Lodge Saturday evening before the race, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets for admittance into Saturday evening's dinner are $17 for adults or $11 for children, and are available for pre-purchase online or at the door.  

All proceeds from the marathon go to 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. Last year's event resulted in a record donation of more than $15,000 for the Trust, which was distributed to deserving organizations in the Sugarloaf area.  

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

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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.   www.sugarloaf.com