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Squaw Mountain Run returns for 36th year Saturday at Lake Tahoe

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The 36th annual Squaw Mountain Run will take place Saturday morning at Squaw Valley.
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Visit truckeerunningseries.com to register for the Squaw Mountain Run. Learn more about the event and the Auburn Ski Club at auburnskiclub.com.

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — On Saturday morning, hundreds of runners and hikers will converge onto Squaw Valley to cover miles of mountain terrain — all while surveying the endless stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra.

The annual Squaw Mountain Run returns for its 36th year at 9 a.m. Saturday in Squaw Valley, according to a news release from the Auburn Ski Club. The run benefits the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center and the Auburn Ski Club training programs.

Starting at the base of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, the course will climb the 3.6-mile mountain run to High Camp, an elevation of 8,200 feet.

Participants have the option to run, hike or Nordic walk the course. Additionally, those looking for a less strenuous way to participate can take the cable car up the mountain and join knowledgeable guides for the flower walk.

Once racers reach the finish line at High Camp, there will be an awards presentation, a raffle, music, and light refreshments and beverages.

What’s more, after the race, representatives from Salomon, Darn Tough and Tahoe Mountain Sports will be on hand offering free shoe and equipment demos for anybody to try out in the field.

Notably, everyone who tries a pair of Salomon shoes will receive a free pair of Darn Tough socks to walk away with regardless of purchase.

According to the release, 20 percent of the funds raised from the event will benefit patients at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.

In the last six years since Auburn Ski Club took over the event, more than $20,000 has been raised to support these efforts. The remaining funds support the Auburn Ski Club’s children’s Nordic ski programs in Truckee, Tahoe, and Foothill communities.

Registration is available online at truckeerunningseries.com. Racers can also register and play their entry fees with cash or check at Tahoe Mountain Sports, open daily form 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 11200 Donner Pass Road in the Safeway Plaza in Truckee.

Tahoe Mountain Sports will offer 10 percent off any full price items purchased at the time of registration in the store.