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!).
By JK about 2017
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
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.
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.
Great venue, small and doable
By CAA about 2017
Very positive experience. Not commercial. Real support from hometown folks. Water stations plentiful and local police were terrific, too.
Be sure to take into account elevation if you are used to running closer to sea level like this NC runner.
Hotels are hard to come across in the area - book early or drive 30 mins in the am before the race.
By L O from Canada about 2016
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.
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.
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$