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Squaw Mountain Run returning Saturday

Staff reports

Hundreds of runners and hikers will share the route to the top of Squaw Valley USA during the 27th annual Squaw Valley Mountain Run on Saturday.

Proceeds from the fundraising event are split between Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Cancer Program and Auburn Ski Club’s Nordic Programs.

Starting at 9 a.m., participants will hit the trail at the 6,200-foot base of the resort, climbing 2,000 feet in 3.6 miles to High Camp at 8,200 feet. Once crossing the finish, they’ll be greetted with awards, a raffle, music, refreshments and beer.

When all said and done, a free cable car ride will whisk participants back to the base area.

Those who enter in the event have the option to test their endurance by running up the slopes or take on a more relaxed pace by hiking or Nordic walking ” or hiking with poles.

For many, it’s all about the competition, and this year will prove as competitive as ever with a number of high-quality athletes, both locally and from out of the area, entered.

This year 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 the top three places in five-year age categories.

Early cable cars and special rates for participants will be provided on race day.

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