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2016 Cutthroat Classic

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August 27, 2016 Registration is Open

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.

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 six waves. If you wish to run with a friend, please be sure to communicate with each other and register for the same start wave.

** Wave 1 is for elite or very fast runners only; Waves 2 through 5 will have the most runners at their start time. Wave six is for slower runners that plan to speed hike some of the course. All participants must be able to finish in 4 hours or less.

8:00 a.m. wave one; finish time is <1:40 hours/minutes, no walking

8:03 a.m. wave two; finish time is 1:40-1:59 hours/minutes, no walking

8:06 a.m. wave three; finish time is 2:00-2:30 hours/minutes

8:09 a.m. wave four; finish time is 2:00-2:30 hours/minutes

8:12 a.m. wave five; finish time is 2:00-3:00 hours/minutes

8:15 a.m. wave six: finish time 3:00-4:00 hours/minutes

*All racers should feel confident that they can complete the course in 4 hours or less.


KIDS 17 and UNDER RACE for FREE!!!!! (registration required, no t-shirt)

*No refunds or registration transfers after August 1st , 2016. 

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

*Entry fee includes race bib, participant packet, shuttle transportation to the start venue, custom Sunflower t-shirt (for registrations before August 1st), post-race lunch, and awards.

*** Methow Trails is a non-profit organization.  Income from this event supports year-round trail operations in the Methow Valley. There are no entry refunds, exchanges, transfers or rollovers, and the event may be cancelled due to severe weather conditions, fire, unhealthy air quality, road closures, natural disasters, or threats to local and national security.

Packet Pick-up
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 26: Between Winthrop Mtn Sports and Rocking Horse Bakery OR.....

6:00 - 6:30 a.m. Saturday, August 27 at the Mazama Store courtyard.

Transportation and Parking
Buses will depart the Mazama Community Center promptly at 7:00 a.m. for the race start at Rainy Pass. Runners may leave bags with extra clothing at the start. Bags will be transported to 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 7 with energy gel, water and sport drink. Aid station supplies are packed in by horseback. Mile 7 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 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Awards and Divisions
The awards ceremony will begin approximately 12:00pm at the Mazama Community Center. 

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 Methow Trails' results webpage the evening of the race. Event photos will be posted (low resolution) on the Methow Trails Blog and (high resolution) www.mitchellimage.com

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