Sugarloaf Mountain provides a spectacular backdrop for the pinnacle event of the XTERRA Trail Run World Series. A weekend-long trail running festival will see top elite and amateur runners compete for $10,000 in prize money and XTERRA championship crowns in full and half marathon distances. Live music, great food, and family entertainment will keep the energy high throughout the weekend, with 5km and 10km trail runs and races for kids to ensure everybody can get involved.
Marathoners can expect a tough 40-kilometer course featuring more than 1,000 meters of climbing, and half that for the 21K runners. The exact course routing has yet to be determined. With so many spectacular options, the course designing gurus from XTERRA and the Sugarloaf Mtn Ops team will take as much time as possible to create their masterpiece in the mountains. Certain things for both races include starts and finishes at the base of Sugarloaf Resort, a steep, rocky, and slow climb up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and some flat-smooth-and-fast sections through the valley that will feel like running on air. There are miles of trails undulating by idyllic mountain rivers and rails-to-trails sections made up of crushed packed stones that are “smooth and easy” for any age.
The XTERRA Trail Run World Championship courses reward runners and outdoor enthusiasts worldwide with a quintessential Maine experience filled with roots and rocks, big climbs, vibrant colors, hero dirt, and views for miles around every switchback. Located in Carrabassett Valley, Sugarloaf is one of the largest ski areas in the East during the snowy winters. Still, in the Fall, the bright white gives way to a cornucopia of colors connecting softwoods and hardwoods with mountain streams and natural bridges. The topography at Sugarloaf Resort boasts more than 60 miles of twisting tree-lined trails from its base elevation of 1,417 feet to its mountain peak at 4,237 feet.
Slots are, in turn, awarded for Championship races in the full and half marathon distances.
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