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Cutthroat Classic raises trail runners above smoke

The Cutthroat Classic leads trail runners to spectacular scenery in the North Cascades just west of Winthrop, Wash. (Methow Valley Sport Trails Association)
The Cutthroat Classic leads trail runners to spectacular scenery in the North Cascades just west of Winthrop, Wash. (Methow Valley Sport Trails Association)

TRAILS -- In the clear, blue skies just west of the smoke and fires that have menaced the Methow Valley is the stage for one of the most beautiful trail running events in the region -- and there' never been a more important time to show up and support the locals that put it on.

About 400 runners and runner-walkers are signed up for the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association's annual Cutthroat Classic trail run set for Saturday, Aug, 23.

This 11.1 mile run goes from the North Cascades Highway at Rainy Pass to Cutthroat Lake, nestled among the Cascades peaks. 

Registered racers can pick up bib numbersFriday,  4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the MVSTA tent in downtown Winthrop.

On Saturday, buses depart at 7 a.m. from the Mazama Community Center to shuttle racers to the start line for the 8 a.m. start.

The Methow Valley's economy has taken a hit by wildfires that smoked tourists out of the area in recent weeks. The Cutthroat Classic is a good excuse to show up and show them your support.

 




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