Nick Welch, the mens’ winner.  Photos by Steve Mitchell

Nick Welch, the mens’ winner. Photos by Steve Mitchell

Maria Dalzot, the womens’ winner  Photos by Steve Mitchell

Maria Dalzot, the womens’ winner Photos by Steve Mitchell

By Mike Maltais

The 15th annual Cutthroat Classic trail run attracted over 300 participants to the North Cascades Rainy Pass starting line last Saturday despite road closures on portions of Highways 20 and 153 caused by recent post-wildfire flooding.

Of the 301 who actually turned out for the run, at least 23 were local and one of those, James DeSalvo, finished third overall in the 11.1-mile, high-elevation event.

DeSalvo, executive director of the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA), host of the Cutthroat, completed the course in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 5 seconds, just minutes behind winner Nick Welch of Seattle and Vashon’s Graham Peet.

Winthop’s Claire Waichler was first among females aged 19 and under with a time of 1:44:38.

Laura Larsen of Mazama led all females 30-39 with her time of 1:37:21.

Other valley runners who completed the Cutthroat included:

Males under 19:

6. Ben Clarke, Winthrop, 1:46:13

9. Elliott Hardwick, Mazama, 2:02:23

10. Damon Hardwick, Mazama, 2:20:27

Females 20-29:

15. Korrie Bourn, Winthrop, 2:11:00

18. Chelsea Gamblin, Winthrop, 2:58:48

Females 30-39:

11. Julie Tate Libby, Carlton, 1:57:17

15. Angela Pawlak, Twisp, 2:04:20

Males 30-39:

23. Michael Taylor, Winthrop, 1:45:21

Males 40-49:

32. Tom Venable, Winthrop, 1:59:09

35. Harris Clarke, Winthrop, 2:04:48

42. Harold Sheley, Winthrop, 2:18:28

Females 50-59:

20. Leesa Linck, Winthrop, 3:03:04

Males 50-59:

3. Michael Brady, Winthrop, 1:36:16

6. Hans Scholz ,Winthrop, 1:39:52

10. Robert Hardwick, Winthrop, 1:47:43

25. Bob Gamblin, Winthrop, 2:55:54

Females 60-69:

2. Jennifer Olson-Ives, Twisp, 2:17:08

5. Lynette Westendorf, Winthrop, 2:47:29

Males 60-69:

9. Joe Jensen, Twisp, 2:25:34

14. Jack Kent, Methow, 2:56:58