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Sugarloaf Marathon

Kingfield, ME

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, May 21, 2017
2016: Sunday, May 15, 2016

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

2016: 661 Finishers
2015: 599 Finishers
2014: 505 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 26%
2015: 17.2%

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 119th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 128th largest in 2015.

Last year 26% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 17.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Sugarloaf Marathon the 20th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 58th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 100.10 ranks it as the 30th 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 28th 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)


Ratings & Reviews for the Sugarloaf Marathon

3.7 Stars from 3 Reviews

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$

review of 2014 Sugarloaf Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


Race Tips

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

Finish Time Equivalent

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