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Billy Dutton Uphill Sunday

Staff reports

It’s the race to end all races, some say. This Sunday, April 8, the 12th Annual Billy Dutton Uphill will commence at Squaw Valley.

A season-ending tradition for cross country lovers, this race infuses traditional Nordic racing with a comedic flair as participants ascend 3.2 miles up 2,000 vertical feet from the base of KT-22 to High Camp.

Started in 1989, the event, which was created as an all-skier race, has transformed over the years to involve snowshoers and skiers in an “anything goes” trek to the top. The race is divided into separate categories for skate skiing, diagonal skate skiing and snowshoeing.

Last year the fund-raiser for the Far West cross country ski team involved over 114 athletes and raised approximately $3,000 for the young skiers.

University of Nevada, Reno skier Marcus Nash is the reigning champion and will return this year to defend his title three years in the running.

Registration starts at 7 a.m. and the event will kick off at 8 a.m. The entry fee for interested athletes is $15.


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