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Ski club donates $3,000 to Truckee cancer center

Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Each year, the first Saturday in August marks the Squaw Mountain Run, a run or hike that begins at the base of Squaw and ends at High Camp. This year marked the 34th annual SMR, with over 450 participants.

The Auburn Ski Club Training Center, based on Donner Summit, puts on the event, which is a fundraiser for its ski programs and also for fighting cancer in the Tahoe/Truckee community.

The event gives 20 percent of funds it raises to the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. This year, the event raised more than $3,000 for the cancer center.

Auburn Ski Club took over organizing the SMR eight years ago and since has donated over $15,000 to the cancer center. Recently, representatives from Auburn Ski Club and Tahoe Forest Hospital met to transfer the SMR donation. In addition, ASC Training Center employees got a tour of the state-of-the-art center and all of its resources.

The Squaw Mountain Run is a great way for people to show their support for someone who has battled cancer or to show their appreciation for the amazing cancer center we have in Truckee.

This year’s event was especially memorable and poignant. The race’s founder, Holly Beatie, passed away this year after her own battle with cancer. In 2013, she came out to the event one last time to start the race even though she was in treatment. This year her life was celebrated at the start of the race followed by a moment of silence.

This article was submitted to the Sun by the Auburn Ski Club Training Center. For more information, visit, email or call 530-426-3313.