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Squaw Mountain Run returning for 27th year

Staff reports

For the past 26 years, hundreds of runners and hikers have laced up their tennies on the first Saturday of August to take on the annual pilgrimage to the top of Squaw Valley USA.

Starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 4 at the 6,200-foot base of the ski resort, the course climbs 3.6 miles to High Camp at 8,200 feet, where awards, raffle, music, refreshments and beer will be provided at the finish.

Then it’s a free cable car ride back down.

Participants have the option to test their endurance by running competitively up the slopes or take a more leisurely pace and hike or Nordic walk (hiking with poles).

This year promises some great competition with many high-quality runners, both locally and from out of town.

Salomon is awarding a pair of Salomon XA Pro 3D to the top three men and women finishers. All participants in the run/hike and flower hike will be entered in the raffle for prizes. Awards for the uphill competitors will be given for top three places in five-year age categories.

The less energetic may let the cable car take care of the 2,000-foot elevation gain and participate in the three-mile flower walk on easy rolling terrain. Early cable cars and special rates for participants will be provided on race day.

For many, the event has become a way to celebrate life following personal struggles with cancer or in memory of a loved one who may have been less fortunate. A portion of the proceeds will go to help support ongoing cancer programs in the Tahoe area.

For more information visit http://www.squawmountainrun.com. To register online go to http://www.active.com. Race day registration will be available.