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Posted: May 4, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: TransCanada teams with Sugarloaf to present 27th Annual Sugarloaf Marathon and 15k

Construction partners Reed & Reed and Cianbro sign on as contributing sponsors

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine -- TransCanada, a leader in North American energy operation and infrastructure, has signed on as the principal sponsor for this year's Sugarloaf Marathon and 15k, Maine's oldest continuously run marathon. All net proceeds from the races will benefit the Sugarloaf Regional Charitable Trust, which supports community food pantries, educational programs, and cultural activities in the greater Sugarloaf area.

TransCanada is the energy company behind the Kibby Wind Power Project, a 132 megawatt wind development that is currently under construction on Kibby Mountain and the Kibby Range, northwest of the marathon's starting line in Eustis/Stratton. TransCanada's two primary construction contractors in the project, Reed & Reed and Cianbro, have also signed on as sponsors for the marathon.

"We're very pleased about this new partnership with TransCanada," said John Diller, Sugarloaf General Manager. "They are a leader in clean, renewable energy and have already shown a commitment to community investment and involvement. We hope that this will be the start of a lasting relationship for Sugarloaf."

TransCanada has a long history of investment and participation in the communities surrounding its projects, focusing primarily on education, health, human services, environment, and civic investment.

"TransCanada is proud to be a part of this long-standing and charitable tradition," said Corey Goulet, TransCanada vice-president of Energy Projects. "Many people who live amongst and love these mountains will benefit from this partnership. The numerous community programs and activities that the Sugarloaf Regional Charitable Trust supports made the decision to sponsor this event an easy one."

The Sugarloaf Marathon has long been a favorite for long distance runners throughout the country, due in large part to its scenic location and history of producing some of the fastest marathon times in the nation. This year runners will have even more incentive to head to the mountains of Maine, as Sugarloaf teams up with the Mount Desert Island Marathon for the first leg in the new Summit to Sea Marathon Series. This year's marathon is scheduled for May 17, 2009.

The Marathon Series will conclude on October 18 with the Mount Desert Island Marathon, after which a male and female champion will be crowned. The runner with the fastest combined times for both marathons will be named the series champion.

For more information on TransCanada and the Kibby Wind Power Project, please visit For more information on the Sugarloaf Marathon and 15k, please visit

About the Sugarloaf Resort -- Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is recognized as one of the top winter and golf resorts in the world and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East and one of Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.

About TransCanada -- With more than 50 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas pipelines, power generation, gas storage facilities, and projects related to oil pipelines and LNG facilities. TransCanada's network of wholly owned pipelines extends more than 59,000 kilometres (36,500 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 370 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns, or has interests in, over 10,900 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP.

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