Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Billy Dutton Uphill race coming to Squaw Valley

The Billy Dutton Uphill is an endurance race that climbs 2000 vertical feet over 3.2 miles.  Billy Dutton was known for his tremendous endurance, exemplified by his daily routine of skiing up  Mountain Run on classic skis. Billy was one of the founders of Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue.  
This event is known as a “run what ya brung” uphill race, so you can run, snowshoe, or skate ski up the mountain.  There are separate divisions and awards for ski and run/snowshoes. Last year JP Donovan won the event as a runner, over second place skier Tav Streit.  The winning time was 34:39 minutes.
On Sunday, April 15, 2012, the race starts (8:00am) at the base of KT-22 and goes up Mountain Run to the top of Shirley Lake.  The finish line comes after a brief downhill section to High Camp.  The post race party includes a raffle and silent auction.  Proceeds from the race and auction benefit the Far West Nordic’s juniors program.
Registration is available online ($20) or race day registration is $25 dollars.  Registration includes a T shirt and “goodies”.

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