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Racers to compete in uphill battle

Snowshoes, tennis shoes, cross country skis … it doesn’t matter. Anything goes at the 11th annual Billy Dutton Uphill Race to be held at Squaw Valley on Sunday, April 9.

The annual event, completely open to the whims of the competitor as far as gear is concerned, challenges racers to climb more than 2,000 vertical feet over a 3.2-mile course that starts at the base of KT-22 and continues to High Camp.

Competition is stiff. Last year’s winner was U.S. Olympic Nordic Skier Marcus Nash who finished the identical course with a time of 36 minutes and 15 seconds. Peter Fain logged the fastest snowshoe time at 46 minutes and 26 seconds. One does not have to be a pro, however. Some racers took as long as an hour and 42 minutes to finish the course.

Growing in size yearly, the event, last year, drew more than 90 competitors and promises to at least match that this year. Proceeds from the event benefit local Junior Olympic race scholarship programs.

Registration for the race begins Sunday at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m. The cost to participate is $15 dollars and includes a T-shirt and “goodies.”

The race will conclude with a party and an awards ceremony at high camp.

The event honors the memory of Billy Dutton, a long-time member of the Tahoe community and one of the founding members of the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue team.

For information about the race, call 587-2573 or contact the Squaw Valley Race Department at 581-7188.

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