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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, May 20, 2018
2017: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 54°F (12°C)
Average High: 68°F (20°C)
Average Low: 42° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 100.10
Course Score: 100.10

Race Size

2017: 713 Finishers
2016: 661 Finishers
2015: 599 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 22.9%
2016: 26%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Sugarloaf Marathon is consistently one of the fastest courses and produces a high percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers.

The first 5 miles of the point to point Sugarloaf Marathon course are flat, miles 5-10 are rolling hills with a steady two-mile climb at mile 8. The last 16 miles are downhill. The course starts in Eustis, travels through Carrabassett Valley, and ends in Kingfield.

Marathon Rankings

The Sugarloaf Marathon was the 105th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 119th largest in 2016.

Last year 22.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 26% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Sugarloaf Marathon the 40th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 20th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 100.10 ranks it as the 35th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Maine.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Sugarloaf Marathon a PR Score of 100.10. This PR Score ranks it as the 33rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Maine.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1548 feet (471m)
Min Elevation: 584 feet (178m)


Recent Sugarloaf Marathon Reviews

4.3 Stars from 6 Reviews
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review of 2017 Sugarloaf Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Loved the small size and that the water stops were more frequent in the second half of the race.

Race Tips

Be conservative in the first 10 miles, then capitalize on the downhills. :) Weather was beautiful, getting to the start line was easy from the lodge, and gear check was super simple.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Definitely recommend staying at the Sugarloaf Inn--book early! We stayed in the condos, which were nice and spacious, but we had to drive up to the lodge to catch the shuttle on race day. We also didn't have internet (and we learned the hard way that they don't guarantee it, so you have to specifically request wifi if you want it!).

review of 2017 Sugarloaf Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great little marathon about 700 runners point to point course with a net down hill . Race is well organized with great volunteer support Scenery is beautiful with a rushing river by your side in the lower half of the course

Race Tips

Course is a bit deceiving it is advertised as a fast course which it is but average runners in particular should be careful about their strategy. Course starts out relatively level slight down hill first 5 miles, miles 6 to 10 have some long and occasionally steep hills up, followed by a very steep down hill then level to slight down hill. The last 5 miles have some ups and downs that can be troublesome.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Register for this race early it always fills up and the housing at Sugarloaf resort fills before the race closes. There are buses directly to the race start from the resort. There are other Hotels in the area but they fill up fast also. The spaghetti dinner at Sugarloaf the night before is perfectly adequate.

review of 2017 Sugarloaf Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Very positive experience. Not commercial. Real support from hometown folks. Water stations plentiful and local police were terrific, too.

Race Tips

Be sure to take into account elevation if you are used to running closer to sea level like this NC runner.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Be sure to sign up for lodging early.

review of 2016 Sugarloaf Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great race to BQ! First few miles flat and then uphill until mile 8 or so. Mostly downhill run to finish. Don't blow quads on first steep downhill.

Race Tips

Even effort pacing. You will need to dig deep (but achievable) in last 5-6 miles after course flattens with mixed uphills to not give up time.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Hotels are hard to come across in the area - book early or drive 30 mins in the am before the race.

review of 2016 Sugarloaf Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Good A to B road race in the lush green forest with countless cottages to break the scenery. Still a small race so organization was running smoothly.

There is a 15 km race as well starting a little later, offering the opportunity to families to have several people running and finishing at the same time/ place.

Race Tips

Good idea to drive the course before the race to get a feel for those 5 climbs before half-way points. Then when it start to look overwhelming, the down hill will surprise you by keeping you on a very fast pace. 2016 was a very wet day but keep in mind that the mountain effect and tall trees would provide cool temperatures even in full sun.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Book ahead for accommodation.

Pre-race dinner was perfect at the Italian restaurant seen at about half way point on the race. This place is busy in winter with ski and summer is golf courses activities. The race being in May, between these two periods means the whole town was out cheering and supporting runners. The restaurant had a "runners" set menu with several good options for under 25$

Finish Time Equivalent

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