Tim Whitton wins 2015 Sugarloaf Uphill Climb
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Following a second place finish in 2014, twenty-eight-year-old Tim Whiton, of Brunswick ME, took home top honors in the 2015 Sugarloaf Uphill Climb on Sunday; completing the grueling course in a time of 29 minutes and 14 seconds. Colby College's Olivia Amber, of Lake Nebagamon Wisconsin, captured the women's title in a time of 36:11.
In addition to the largest competitive field in event history, racers battled brisk temperatures and strong winds along the 2.5 mile course that leads to Sugarloaf's 4,237 foot summit-the second highest peak in Maine.
Whitton, a graduate of Bates College, held a 29 second lead over second place finisher, Zane Fields, while Colby College's Scott Harrison, rounded out the men's overall podium with a time of 31:06.
On the women's side, defending champion Tina-Marie Poulin clinched second place in a time of 38 minutes and 10 seconds, while 19-year-old Ellen Hands of Brunswick ME, finished in third place with a time of 39:31.
Following a record-setting year in 2014, this year's field surpassed last year's as the largest in the history of the event. "This is the first time that we've ever reached the 225 race cap through online preregistration," said Ethan Austin, Sugarloaf's Director or Marketing.
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 swaps in the east by Skiing Magazine.
For more information on Sugarloaf, the Uphill Climb, or Homecoming Weekend, please visit www.sugarloaf.com.
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