Truckee, CA • July 27, 2019

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Runners nearing the top. Photo: Teri Ann Schwensow.

For the past 38 years, hundreds runners and hikers have made the annual pilgrimage to the top of Squaw Valley to enjoy a great workout with stunning views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra. Starting at the base of Squaw Valley USA (6200’), the course climbs the 3.6 mile Mountain Run to High Camp (8200’) where awards, raffle, music, light refreshments & beer from Fiftyfifty brewery in Truckee are provided. Participants can choose to run or take a more leisurely pace and hike, or Nordic walk (hike with poles).

This event is a great for the whole family. Parents can hike will little ones on their backs and older kids feel super accomplished when they make it to the top on their own two feet. Everyone can go at their own pace to find their best challenge. From our winners that can do it in under 30 minutes to those that choose to hike it in 3 hours or take the tram to the top and do a flower walk there is something for everyone and the stunning views, great live music, food, and beer will make you want to stay and enjoy high camp before taking the tram back down.

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. There will be a flag at registration for those who wish to leave notes for loved ones. The flag will be carried to the top. Twenty percent of funds raised from The Squaw Mountain Run are donated to The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation to fund programs and services for cancer patients at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center. Since Auburn Ski Club took over the event – we have raised about $30,000 to support these efforts.

We make it easy for you, runners get transport of spare clothes up to High Camp and there are two aid stations on the course. All participants receive a souvenir glass at the finish line. There are awards for the uphill competitors – top 3 places in 10 year age categories and custom winners mugs for the top 3 men and top three women overall. To make things even more fun all participants entered in the raffle for some great prizes from Salomon and our other sponsors. You can’t beat the great scene at the finish at High Camp; with views of Lake Tahoe, great live music, refreshments, and beer from Fifty/Fifty brewery. All participants get a free cable car ride back down.

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Finishers holding up the flag to honor those that have had or are battling cancer. Photo: Meg Seifert.

Happy runners close the finish. Photo: Teri Ann Schwensow.

Finishers enjoying the great beer by FiftyFifty. Photo: Meg Seifert

A Nordic hiker about to finish the race. Photo: Meg Seifert.

The winner of the 2017 race about to cross the finish line. Photo: Meg Seifert.

Our amazing volunteers fixing great food for all the participants. Photo: Meg Seifert.