Squaw Valley hosts 30th annual Mountain Run

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 4, 2010 8:26 am

Hundreds of runners and hikers will head to Squaw Valley USA this Saturday, Aug. 7th for the 30th annual Squaw Valley Mountain Run where entrants will climb to the top of the resort’s High Sierra peaks.

Starting at the base of Squaw Valley USA (el. 6200′) the course runs the 3.6 mile Mountain Run trail up to High Camp (el. 8200′) where awards, a raffle, music, refreshments and beer will be provided for participants.

The Squaw Valley Mountain Run is the perfect activity for the whole family to experience the beauty of the Tahoe area and celebrate the summer season in the Sierras. Many parents elect to push a stroller or carry infants as an added physical challenge.

The course record stands at 29 minutes, set by Shiloh Mielke from Weaverville, North Carolina in 2008. Delbert Wichelman, age 85, is the oldest competitor and a regular at the race.

Participants can choose to run or hike up to High Camp, or they can participate in the guided Flower Walk at High Camp on easy rolling terrain. Perfect for those looking for something a little mellower, the Flower Walk offers participants a free ride up and down the mountain on Squaw Valley’s scenic Cable Car.

All participants in the run/hike and flower hike will get a souvenir beer mug, beer (or lemonade for kids), snacks, a free Cable Car ride back down, and will be entered in the Mountain Run raffle. Awards for the uphill competitors will be given for top three places in five age categories.

Organized by The Auburn Ski Club Junior Nordic Team, the club has continued the tradition of the event being a way for many people to celebrate life following personal struggles with cancer, and every year 20% of event proceeds go to The Tahoe Forest Cancer Center to help cancer patients receive the treatment they need.

Cost of entry:

(Pre Registration) Adult – $35; 18 & Under – $20
(Day of Event) Adult – $45; 18 & Under – $30

More information and downloadable entry forms (to mail in) are available at www.squawmountainrun.com