Annual Ski Marathon and Tour
Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Host: Maine Huts & Trails
Timing: Wave starts will begin approximately 10 minutes after the shuttle bus arrives at the starting points – 9:30 AM for the 20K and 10:00 AM for the 40K. The 60K will begin at Grand Falls Hut at 8:00 AM. Official timing will end at 2:30 PM for all participants.
Participants: 175 combined between all distances – 30 spaces for the 60K, up to 145 spaces for the 20K/40K.
Course(s): Unless taking part in the 40K/60K lodging package, all participants will meet at the Outdoor Center between 7:00 AM and 8:15 AM on 3/16/14 for race check-in and will be shuttled to their respective starting locations. The 60K will start at Grand Falls Hut. The 40K race will start at the Flagstaff Trailhead (Long Falls Dam Rd.) and the 20K race will start at the Gravel Pit on Long Falls Dam Rd. All distances end at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center. The 20K race will pass the Poplar Stream Falls Hut and the 40K and 60K races will pass both the Flagstaff and Poplar Huts. A map of the course and a course elevation profile will be available in January. The course will be well-signed at each of the road/snowmobile trail crossings and at a couple of steep, winding descents. Use caution and keep your speed in check on the hills….there are plenty. This is a classic-technique only event.
Registration: Online registration only at www.skireg.com. Registration opens at 8:00 AM on 12/5/13. Registration closes at 5:00 PM on 3/14/14.
Cost: $45 fee for the 20K, $55 fee for the 40K (no lodging). $115 fee for 40K race and lodging package at Flagstaff Lake Hut and $125 for the 60K race and lodging package (more info below). Race day check-in will be held from 7:00 – 8:15 AM at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center. We also have a team entry fee of $25 per person for teams of 6 or more people entering the 40K. This is for HS and College teams.
Awards/Prizes: Prizes awarded to the top three M/F finishers in each distance. No cash prizes.
Food/Refreshments: Aid stations will be available along the route and will include warm energy drinks and snacks. Non-competitive participants can stop at Poplar Hut for hot chili or soup, fresh baked bread, brownies and hot drinks. Post-race lunch will be provided at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center from 11:30 AM until 3:30 PM on 3/16/14.
Race day shuttle: A shuttle will take participants for the 20K/40K races to the starting point before the race. The shuttle will leave the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center at 8:30 AM. Gear will be shuttled back to the Outdoor Center for pick up following the race. It is requested that all participants use this shuttle. There will not be parking at the 20K start. Parking is available at the 40K start but there will not be a return shuttle following the race.
40K Lodging Package: 40K racers have the option of staying at Flagstaff Hut the night before the race (Saturday, March 15th). There are only 42 spaces for this option. This includes dinner, lodging in shared or private accommodations (extra fee) and race-day breakfast. A shuttle bus will leave the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center at 12:00 PM on Saturday 3/15/14 and take participants staying at Flagstaff Hut on Saturday night to the Long Falls Dam Rd Trailhead. From there, it is an easy 1.8-mile ski into the hut. This shuttle is optional but it should be noted that there will not be a return shuttle to the Long Falls Dam Rd Trailhead after the race. On race day, participants will need to ski back out the trailhead for the start of the race. Gear will be shuttled to the trailhead and then back to the Outdoor Center (finish line) where it can be picked up after the race.
60K Lodging Package: All participants in the 60K distance will need to stay overnight at Grand Falls Hut the night before the race (Saturday, March 15th). There are only 30 spaces for this distance. This includes dinner, lodging in shared or private accommodations (extra fee) and race-day breakfast. A shuttle bus will leave the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center at 12:00 PM on Saturday 3/15/14 and take participants to a point where skiers will need to ski into the hut. From there, it is an 8-mile (mostly flat) ski into the hut. On race day, gear will be shuttled to the trailhead and then back to the Outdoor Center (finish line) where it can be picked up after the race.
Current Conditions: will be available at mainehuts.org/resources under the “Current Trail Conditions” tab daily leading up to the day of the race.