Photo courtesy of MVSTA

Photo courtesy of MVSTA

By Mike Maltais

One of the Northwest’s most popular and scenic trail runs, the Cutthroat Classic, is set for Saturday (Aug. 24) in the North Cascades.

A limited roster of 400 runners will depart Rainy Pass at an elevation of 4,800 feet early Saturday morning on the 11.1-mile course that will take them on a gradual five-mile climb to 6,800-foot Cutthroat Pass and descend to the finish line at the 4,500-foot Cutthroat Creek Trailhead.

Shuttle buses will leave the Mazama Community Center at 7 a.m. to transport participants to Rainy Pass for the 8 a.m. start.

Runners will depart the starting line in four waves about 10 minutes apart with the elite or very fast runners in the first group.

Following the race, runners will be bussed back to Mazama in 30-minute intervals from 10 a.m. to noon for a lunch prepared by the Methow Valley Nordic Junior Team, and for the awards ceremony.

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 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus.

“The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association [MVSTA] along with title sponsor, Winthrop Mountain Sports and race sponsors Blue Sky Real Estate, Central Reservations, Chewuch Inn, Goat’s Beard Mountain Supplies, Freestone Inn, Inner Passage , Methow Cycle and Sport, Lariat Coffee Roasters, Nordic Ultratune, River’s Edge Resort, Rocking Horse Bakery, Smartwool, and Sun Mountain Lodge look forward to welcoming the participants, their family members and friends to Winthrop,” said MVSTA marketing director Kristen Smith.

More information, photos and race results can be found on MVSTA’s website at