Truckee Tahoe locals have strong showing at Squaw Mountain Run
August 2, 2017
Hundreds of runners came out in support of the 37th annual Squaw Mountain Run on Saturday, July 29, racing from the Village at Squaw Valley to the ski resort's High Camp.
Proceeds from the race benefitted the Auburn Ski Club Training Center programs and the Gene Upshaw Memorial Cancer Center.
More than 400 racers and hikers attended the event, according to Race Director Megan Seifert, with one age-group record being broken and the overall course record nearly being taken down by overall winner Brian Gregg.
This year's Squaw Mountain Run introduced the titles of King and Queen of the Mountain to the first male and female runners to complete the 3.6-mile, 2,000-foot climb to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow's High Camp.
Gregg, of Minneapolis, Minn., crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 30 minutes, 12.10 seconds. Gregg's time would fall short of the course record of 28:50.10 set in in 2008 by Shiloh Mielke, of Weaverville, N.C. Gregg also won the race in 2015.
Lenka Sterling, of Truckee, would take the inaugural honors for the women, finishing the race with a time of 37:33.60. Sterling finished last year's race in third place with a time of 39:31.80.
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Local runners would be well represented at the race with five of the top-10 finishes out of the men's division, and six of the top-10 women's times.
Truckee's Patrick Johnson would finish second out of the men's division with a time of 31:10.60, followed by Bentley Regehr, of Truckee, in third place with a time of 32:07.00. Peter Holmes, of Tahoe City, was sixth overall, finishing with a time of 33:24.30, followed be Michelino Sunseri from Kings Beach at 33:33.80. Tahoe City's JC Schoonmaker rounded out the top local finishers with 10th place overall, and a first-place finish in the 18-and-under category.
On the women's side, Rebecca Anderson, of Truckee, was second with a time of 38:28.70. Truckee runners Holly Sherrer, Mary Ellen Benier, and Emily Blackmer finished fifth through seventh. Benier broke the only course record this year, establishing a new mark in the women's 60-and-over division with a time of 42:42.30.
Sarah McMahan out of Incline Village took eighth place to round out the top local finishers.
This is the seventh year the Auburn Ski Club has put on the event, according to the club's website, with over $25,000 being raised during its first six years. Each year the club donates 20 percent of the proceeds to the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation to fund programs and services for cancer patients at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.