2021 Cutthroat Classic

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Sponsors of the 2021 Cutthroat Classic

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Methow Trails Event Sponsors:


2021 Cutthroat Racer Information Packet


The Course

The mountain course begins at Rainy Pass on the North Cascades Scenic Highway, elevation 4,870 feet. The route follows the Pacific Crest Trail north on a steady, gradual 5 mile climb to Cutthroat Pass, elevation 6,835 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 4,480 feet. Total course length is 10.6 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.  Please note that the 2021 Cutthroat will be chip timed - your time starts when you cross the start line.  Please refer to the Racer Information Packet at the top of this page for more information.

** Wave 1 is for elite or very fast runners only; Waves 2 through 5 will have the most runners at their start time. Wave 6 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. 

Suggested start times for 2021 event:

8:00 a.m. wave one; finish time is under 1:40 hours/minutes
8:05 a.m. wave two; finish time is 1:40-1:59 hours/minutes, no walking
8:10 a.m. wave three; finish time is 2:00-2:30 hours/minutes
9:45 a.m. wave four; finish time is 2:00-2:30 hours/minutes
9:50 a.m. wave five; finish time is 2:30-3:00 hours/minutes
9:55 a.m. wave six; finish time 3:00-3:30 hours/minutes 


Cost: $85 per person

Entry fee includes race bib, Cutthroat Classic trucker hat, post-race lunch, and awards.

Military Discount: If you have served or are an active member in the military, we offer a 10% discount.  Please contact adrienne@methowtrails.org for further information.

**No refunds or registration transfers after August 15th. $15 refund/transfer fee prior to August 15th. If you are having any registration difficulties, please contact our registration partner, RunReg.

*Race entries are valid for the registered racer only.

* 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 after August 1st, 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. In the case of a cancellation, Methow Trails will make every effort to reschedule the event.

Packet Pick-up 

8:30 - 2:30 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, September 8-10 at Methow Trails Office

3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 11: Winthrop Mountain Sports...we highly recommend this option. 

6:00 - 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 12 at the Mazama Community Club (red building in Mazama)

Transportation and Parking 
Buses will depart the Mazama Community Center for the start at Rainy Pass at the times below:

  • 7:00 am Waves 1-3
  • 8:30 am Waves 4-6

Runners may leave bags with extra clothing at the startline. Bags will be transported to the race finish. Busses 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 2:00 pm. 

Spectator Shuttle - Sorry, no spectator shuttle this year

Parking is very 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 runners are encouraged to carry their own fuel supplies.

Grab and go lunches will be provided by Willowbrook Farm

Awards and Divisions - Please refer to Racer Information Packet at the top of this page.
Awards will be based on the following categories:  17 and under, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 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 


Saturday - September 11, 2021

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

(509) 996-3287