August 23, 2014 (15th Annual)
Title Sponsor: Winthrop Mountain Sports
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.
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
8:05 a.m. wave two; finish time is 1:40 to 1:55 hours/minutes
8:10 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.
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.
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
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) www.mitchellimage.com