Cutthroat Classic

August 23, 2014 (15th Annual)
Title Sponsor: Winthrop Mountain Sports

Possibly the most incredible views you could ever have on a trail run! The Cutthroat Classic is a 11.1 mile trail run through the North Cascades, following the Pacific Crest Trail and over Cutthroat Pass. This race has a limited number of spots and sells out every year. Race registration includes transportation to the race start and back to Mazama from the finish, a race t-shirt, aid stations, awards and random prizes.

8/22 update: The race is a go!  Although Hwy20 is closed over Loup Loup Pass, it is NOT closed between Newhalem and Winthrop.  Hwy 153 is closed between Carlton and Twisp, but Twisp-Carlton road is open.  Access to the Methow Valley is fine in both directions.

The Course

This mountain course begins at Rainy Pass on the North Cascades Scenic Highway, elevation 4,800 feet. The route follows the Pacific Crest Trail north on a steady, gradual 5 mile climb to Cutthroat Pass, elevation 6,800 feet. Runners then descend 4 miles to Cutthroat Lake (many switchbacks on a 5-10% grade). The course continues gradually downhill for 2 more miles to the Cutthroat Creek Trailhead, elevation 4,500 feet. Total course length is 11.1 miles.

Course map

Start Times

Self-seeding with four waves. 

** Wave one is for elite or very fast runners only; Waves two and three will have the most runners at their start time.

8:00 a.m. wave one; finish time is <1:40 hours/minutes

8:03 a.m. wave two; finish time is 1:40 to 1:55 hours/minutes

8:09 a.m. wave three; finish time is 1:55 to 2:10 hours/minutes

8:15 a.m. wave four; finish time is 2:10 to 3:00 hours/minutes

*All racers should feel confident that they can complete the course in 3 hours or less.


2014 On-line Registration closed.  Space still available.  Register at packet pick up at Winthrop Mtn Sports, Friday the 22nd, 4-6pm.
$75 adult   (now through July 1st)
$85 adult   (July 2nd through August 17th)
KIDS 17 and UNDER RACE for FREE!!!!!! (Registration required)







Entry fee includes registration, race bib, shuttle transportation from Mazama Community Center to the start, custom Cutthroat Classic Tee (no shirt with registration after July 1, 2014), shuttle transportation from finish to Mazama, and awards. 

*No refunds after July 1st 2014. $15 refund fee required prior to July 1st.

*Race entries are valid for the registered racer only, no transfers please.

Packet Pick-up
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 22nd location: Between Winthrop Mtn Sports and Rocking Horse Bakery OR 6:00 - 6:45 a.m. Saturday, August 23rd at the Mazama Community Center in Mazama

Transportation and Parking
Buses will depart the Mazama Community Center promptly at 7:00 a.m. for the race start at Rainy Pass. YOU MUST REQUEST A BUS RIDE IN YOUR REGISTRATION TO RIDE THE BUS. There is no transportation provided from the Cutthroat Lake Trailhead to Rainy Pass. Runners may leave bags with extra clothing at the start. Bags will be unloaded at the race finish. Buses will shuttle racers from the finish back to the Mazama Community Center at ~30 minute intervals beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at noon.

Parking is limited at the start and finish and a Northwest Forest Pass is required. A one-day pass is $5.00 and may be purchased at fee tubes at the Rainy Pass and Cutthroat Trailheads (exact cash or check required).

Aid Stations
There will be one aid station at mile 6 with energy gel, water and Gatorade. Aid station supplies are packed in by horseback. Mile 6 is up and over Cutthroat Pass so again runners are encouraged to carry their own food and water supplies.

After the race, enjoy great fare prepared by the Methow Valley Nordic Junior Team. Proceeds help support young athletes develop skills and experience, and race locally, regionally, and nationally. Food will be served at the Mazama Community Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30pm.

Awards and Divisions
The awards ceremony and random prize drawing will begin approximately 12:00pm at the Mazama Community Center. Awards created by local potter Jim Neupert will be presented to the overall male and female winners plus the top three finishers in each age division: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.

Mazama Community Center: From Winthrop, proceed approx. 14 miles west on Hwy 20 to mile marker 179. Take a right on Lost River Road. At intersection proceed straight and then right to park in the Mazama Corral Trailhead lot. Packet pick-up is in the Mazama Community Center-the red building on the eastern end of the parking lot.

Results and Photos
Results will be posted on MVSTA's results webpage the evening of the race. Event photos will be posted (low resolution) on the MVSTA Blog and (high resolution)

Additional Sponsors

Trail Runner Magazine