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Posted: May 17, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Gabriel Helmlinger wins 27th Sugarloaf Marathon, Amanda LaBelle is tops for women

Carry Buterbaugh and Knud Hermanson take 15k titles

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine -- May 17, 2009 -- Forty-two-year-old Gabriel Helmlinger of Cambridge, Massachusetts set a blistering pace in the 27th Annual Sugarloaf Marathon today, taking the overall title with a time of 2 hours, 34 minutes, and 11 seconds. Amanda LaBelle, a 25 year-old from Rockland, Maine, took the top spot for women with a time of 2 hours, 58 minutes, and 24 seconds.

Helmlinger, who ran in the Boston Marathon last month, finished with one of the fastest times of his career on a marathon course that is ranked as one of the top 15 fastest in the country. Men's runner-up Eric Rudolph of Sullivan, Maine kept the pressure on throughout the race, and finished just over five minutes behind Helmlinger with a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, and 22 seconds. The women's race proved to be a bit tighter, with just one minute separating winner LaBelle and runner-up Jenna Krajewski of China, Maine who finished the course in 2 hours, 59 minutes, and 25 seconds.

In the Sugarloaf 15k Knud Hermanson of Old Town, Maine crossed the line in first place for men with a time of 54 minutes and 10 seconds, while South Portland's Carry Buterbaugh took the top spot for the women with at time of 56 minutes and 34 seconds.

The Sugarloaf Marathon is sponsored by TransCanada and is Maine's oldest continuously run marathon. The race 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. Runners who completed this year's marathon will have a chance to go for the first ever Summit to Sea Marathon Series title at the Mount Desert Island Marathon on October 18.

Final Results:

Sugarloaf Marathon, Men:

1 Gabriel W Helmlinger Cambridge, MA 2:34:11.22
2 Eric M Rudolph Sullivan, ME 2:39:22.11
3 Timothy Maguire Waterville, ME 2:41:06.56
4 Andrew Goupee Ellsworth, ME 2:45:05.69
5 Peter Sedgwick N.Yarmouth, ME 2:49:00.62
6 Austin E Townsend Perry, ME 2:52:59.58
7 Timothy A Worthington Glenside, PA 2:53:14.41
8 Justin T Russo Sebago, ME 2:54:48.55
9 Edward S Steinfeld Lexington, MA 2:54:52.84
10 Gary Allen Cranberry Isl, ME 2:55:21.51

Sugarloaf Marathon, Women:

1 Amanda R LaBelle Rockland,ME 2:58:24.60
2 Jenna Krajewski China, ME 2:59:25.10
3 Melissa Perkins-Banas Norwich,CT 3:03:22.71
4 Isabelle P Richards New York, NY 3:16:38.15
5 Terri M Ladka Marshfield, MA 3:16:51.97
6 Debbie Moreau Turner, ME 3:18:15.64
7 Rene Laliberty Caribou, ME 3:20:41.50
8 Kristin M Chambers South Paris, ME 3:21:13.17
9 Brigid D Franey Portland, ME 3:25:08.73
10 Kate A Buzzell Scarborough, ME 3:25:24.34

Sugarloaf 15k, Women:

1 Carry Buterbaugh So Portland, ME 56:34.6
2 Kathleen P Bell Orono, ME 1:02:53.8
3 Sarah Martin Farmington, ME 1:06:30.1
4 Kelley Cullenburg Chesterville, ME 1:06:59.6
5 Dana Mersich Ottawa, ON 1:07:13.0
6 Katrina Bishermer Bucksport, ME 1:07:30.8
7 Lara Favreau Saco, ME 1:08:03.9
8 Julie Brown Millinocket, ME 1:08:05.3
9 Michelle Roy Frenchville, ME 1:08:19.7
10 Katherine Creswell Brunswick, ME 1:10:44.0

Sugarloaf 15k, Men:

1 Knud A Hermansen Old Town, ME 54:10.5
2 Travis J Vicary Old Town, ME 55:04.4
3 Henry F Bauer Steuben, ME 56:08.3
4 David Drew Litchfield, ME 57:44.9
5 Chris Jones Bucksport, ME 58:44.4
6 Rob Spaulding Kennebunk, ME 59:03.8
7 Brian Denger Biddeford, ME 1:00:47.0
8 Charles Carter Portland, ME 1:00:54.7
9 Jim Toulouse C Elizabeth ME 1:00:59.9
10 Kai N Takatsuka Minneapolis, MN 1:02:55.4

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.

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