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Feelin’ the pain in Dutton’s name

Mark Nadell/Provided to the SunTom Eckert's face tells the story of his pain as he nears the finish of the 19th annual Billy Dutton Uphill on Sunday. Eckert, who raced on snowshoes, placed 14th overall with a time of 48:10. The event, which is held in honor of the late Billy Dutton, helps fund Tahoe Nordic Race Scholarship Programs, which support local youth Nordic athletes.

Based on results the past couple years, it’s tough to determine who has the advantage in the Billy Dutton Uphill ” skiers or snowshoers.

Last year snowshoers captured six of the top 10 spots. On Sunday, skiers took six of the top 10 places and four of the top five in the 19th annual event.

Either way, the competition is all in good fun, as more than 100 skiers and runners gather at the base of Squaw Valley and race to High Camp some 3.2 miles and 2,000 vertical feet away.

Each who takes part in the grueling event ” held in the honor of the late Billy Dutton ” helps fund Tahoe Nordic Race Scholarship Programs, which support local youth Nordic athletes.

While they’re all racing for a good cause, they’re also racing for pride and bragging rights. And with four-time champion Tav Streit of Reno not entered, the race was wide open for the taking.

Skier Terray Sylvester took it, finishing ahead of Truckee’s Peter Fain in 38 minutes, 39 seconds. Streit won last year with a time of 34:26.

Fain, a perennial top contender who raced on snowshoes Sunday, was a close second in 39:05. He was followed by skiers Terry Daley (39:13), Jeff Schloss (40:46) and Stan Eriksson (42:04) rounding out the top 5.

In the women’s race, skier Rory Bosio of Soda Springs placed first for the second straight year with a time of 47:34. Skier Celeste Leon was the second woman, finishing in 48:32, followed by Julie Young (48:43, snowshoe), Laura Stern (48:45, ski) and Cara Shumat (52:05, snowshoe).

Skier Adam Wright placed first among Junior racers and 11th overall with a time of 46:39.

For complete results from the Billy Dutton Uphill visit http://www.farwestnordic.org.

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