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Billy Dutton Uphill, Pain McShlonkey Classic just around corner

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Greyson Howard / Sun File PhotoRacers charge up Mountain Run at Squaw Valley during the 2009 Billy Dutton Uphill. This yearand#8217;s annual fundraising race is scheduled for Sunday, April 10.
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Itand#8217;s about that time of year to start preparing for the annual Billy Dutton Uphill.

The yearly race from the bottom of Squaw Valley USA to High Camp is scheduled for Sunday, April 10 starting at 8 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m. outside Daveand#8217;s Deli. The course climbs 2,000 vertical feet in 3.2 miles on the Mountain Run, and can be done on cross-country skis, snowshoes or running shoes.

The race benefits the Far West Nordic Junior programs and is a celebration of the life of Billy Dutton, a search and rescue skier who lost his life to brain cancer more than 20 years ago.

Last yearand#8217;s race raised more than $4,000 dollars to support young Nordic racers competing in the Junior Olympic Championships. A total of 154 people participated in that event, making it the biggest turnout in the raceand#8217;s two decades of honoring Dutton, who is remembered not only for his big smile, but also his daily routine of skiing up Mountain Run.

Volunteers are needed. Contact Don Heapes if interested at donheapes@sbcglobal.net. For more information call 530-587-2573.

The much-anticipated comeback of The Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw Valley USA is scheduled for Saturday, March 26.

This action-packed on- and off-mountain event will serve as a hilarious tribute to legendary skier Shane McConkey as pros and amateurs battle for the highly coveted Golden Saucer trophy and bragging rights.

McConkey was the mastermind behind the original Pain McShlonkey Open that debuted in 2003. What began as a behind-the-scenes late-night race between competitors at the 1998 Winter X Games has evolved into a beloved event.

The on-mountain antics promise excitement and entertainment for all as the worldand#8217;s top winter athletes hang up their precision-tuned skis and boards to compete in true McConkey style and#8212; on snow blades!

Festivities begin with the Extreme Small Mountain Snowlerblade Invitational where a select group of 30 pros will negotiate Squaw Valleyand#8217;s legendary terrain on K2 Fatty snow blades. Cheer on the pros like Daron Rahlves, JT Holmes, Scott and Robb Gaffney and Jeremy Jones as they jockey for the podium.

Later, the pros will take on 30 amateurs during an anything-goes Snowlerblade Chinese Downhill. This all-out snowlerblade banzai will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser as a cast of celebrity judges adds to the hysterics. The 30 amateurs will be selected via an online contest and lottery process. If selected, the registration fee is $1.

The day will end with an after party at Bar One. Tickets are $25 and guests must be 21 or older to attend. Proceeds benefit Protect Our Winters (www.protectourwinters.org) and the Shane McConkey Foundation.

Spectators are encouraged to dress up and celebrate the spirit of McConkey. For event details, registration information, ski and lodging packages, and to make a donation, visit http://www.shanemcconkey.org.


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