Runners compete in the 36th annual Sugarloaf Marathon in Carrabassett, Maine, on Sunday. Credit: Contributed Photo

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Another Maine sporting event has been called off amid concerns about the continued spread of the coronavirus.

Officials have announced the cancellation of this year’s Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K race.

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Race organizers said the decision was made taking into consideration guidance from health officials.

“Over the past two weeks we have been working with our vendors, partners, and various stakeholders to determine the best course of action for our runners, and for the health and well-being of our staff and local community,” Sugarloaf said in a release.  ”We explored many options for the races, including postponing them to a later date, but ultimately determined that this was the responsible and necessary decision for everyone involved in this event. ”

The Sugarloaf Marathon, the state’s longest running marathon, had been scheduled for Sunday, May 17. It had been held for 37 consecutive years.

Nearly 1,900 runners from 36 states and six countries registered for the 2019 race, which is an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon has been postponed until Sept. 14.

Competitors who had registered for the Sugarloaf races have several options. They include deferring registration to 2021 or 2022 at no cost through their RunSignup account and transferring the registration to a friend for either of the next two years, also using RunSignup.

Runners also have the option of donating their registration fee to the Sugarloaf Region Charitable Trust or asking for a refund, minus any processing fees.

The deadline to take action is May 17, 2020. Runners who do nothing will have their registration automatically deferred for one year at which point it becomes nonrefundable.

Those with lodging reservations booked through Sugarloaf will receive a refund with no further action required.

If you have additional questions specific to the marathon, please contact marathon@sugarloaf.com.

Last year, Robert Hollis of Farmington and Canadian Sacha Hourihan overcame cool temperatures and steady rain showers to win their respective divisions in the 37th Sugarloaf Marathon.

The 25-year-old Hollis claimed the overall race title in two hours, 34 minutes, 23 seconds. Hourihan, a 33-year-old from Southfield, New Brunswick, claimed the women’s championship in 2:50:33.

In the 15-kilometer race, Jonny Wilson of Falmouth dominated the men’s field with a finish time of 48:07. Heather Gallant of Wayne emerged as the women’s champion in 58:04.

Hollis won the marathon by crossing the finish line 1:46 ahead of runner-up Shiloh Schulte of Kennebunk. Mathieu Desbiens of Cookshire-Eaton, Quebec, placed third in 2:37:57.

Hourihan’s victory in the women’s division of the marathon by four minutes over runner-up Christine Hein, a 44-year-old from North Yarmouth, who finished in 2:54:56. Suzanne Leslie of New York City took third in 2:57:12.

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Pete is a Bangor native who graduated from Bangor High School, Class of 1980. He earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He has been a full-time member of the Bangor...