Paco DeFrancis wins Sugarloaf Uphill Climb
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Colby College's twenty-one-year-old Paco DeFrancis took home first place in the annual Sugarloaf Uphill Climb on Sunday, completing the grueling course in a time of 28 minutes and 50 seconds. DeFrancis beat a field of nearly 200 runners in a race that takes racers up more than 2,500 vertical feet over a 3 mile course that leads to Sugarloaf's 4,237 foot summit.
Racers battled brisk temperatures and strong winds as they raced up Maine's second highest peak.
Twenty-one-year-old Tim Whiton finished just under a minute behind DeFrancis, with a time of 29:48, and 21-year-old, Colby College teammate, Jeff Tucker finished in third with a time of 30:05.
Forty-one-year-old Tina-Marie Poulin was the top finisher on the women's side, with a blistering time of 34:35, followed by twenty-year-old Emma Wood, of Colby, who finished in 35:08.
This year's field of competitors was the largest in the event's history, with a total of 215 registered runners.
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 one of the top ski swap in the east by Skiing Magazine.
For more information on Sugarloaf, the Uphill Climb, or Homecoming Weekend, please visit www.sugarloaf.com.