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Colby runners claim top honors in annual Uphill Climb at Sugarloaf

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Amidst pre-season training for Colby College's Nordic ski team, Junior Zane Fields of Woodstock VT, took home top honors in the 2017 Sugarloaf Uphill Climb on Sunday – completing the grueling course in a time of 28 minutes and 23 seconds. Underclassman, Cal Waichler, finished in first place over the women's field, with a time of 37:41.

Maine's toughest mountain run lived up to its reputation, as racers battled thick fog, strong wind gusts and intermittent rain showers along the 2.5 mile course that leads to Sugarloaf's 4,237 foot summit – the second highest peak in state.

Fields lead a podium sweep over the men's division, finishing more than three minutes ahead of teammates Scott Harrison and Gabe Forest who crossed the line in 31:27 and 31:39, respectively.

Waichler held more than a minute and a half lead over second place finisher and teammate, Vivian Hawkinson of Salem, OR, who crossed the finish line with a time of 39 minutes and 29 seconds, followed closely by Kirsten Miller who rounded out the women's overall podium in 39:35.  

The Uphill Climb is an annual tradition during Sugarloaf's Homecoming Weekend which kicks off the unofficial countdown to winter in Carrabassett Valley. On display throughout the weekend were items and creations from local artists and vendors during the Upcountry Artists and Sugarloaf Homeshow as well as the new passenger cats for the Burnt Mountain cat skiing operation – the resort's newest offering debuting this winter.  

2017 Sugarloaf Uphill Climb Overall Results   

For more information on Sugarloaf, the Uphill Climb, or Homecoming Weekend, please visit www.sugarloaf.com.   

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