2020 Cutthroat Classic
Sponsors of the 2020 Sunflower Marathon and Relay
2020 Sunflower Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & Relay
40th Annual Event
Saturday May 2, 2020
Title Sponsor: Goat's Beard Mountain Supplies
Come celebrate the 40th annual running of the Sunflower Relay, 1/2, and Full Trail Marathon! This is an incredible opportunity to run through some of the most spectacular fields of wildflowers in the Methow Valley. This race is limited in team relay and 1/2 marathon spots and they do fill quickly. Register early!
This unique course begins at 2180 feet elevation in Mazama and includes well marked deer trails, single track trails, and gravel roads. Stunning views of the Methow River, North Cascades and Chelan Sawtooths abound from flower carpeted meadows and fields. At two points, racers climb to 2600 feet. The finish is at about 1600 feet in Twisp. This course traverses private property that owners generously allow use for this one-day only. Please do not pre-run the course prior to or after the event. Because of the presence of livestock, no dogs at start or finish lines, or on the course please.
The Marathon course is a marathon-plus length at 26.8 miles. Expect breathtaking scenery and some sustained climbs and descents.
A Half Marathon option begins at Sun Mountain Chickadee Trailhead and ends at the same Twisp finish line as other event options. The course is moderate in difficulty with some sustained climbs and descents. Total length is just over 1/2 marathon length.
Team Relay Leg Descriptions:
Leg 1 - 2.2 miles, easy - would be good for younger or beginner runner
Leg 2 - 5.6 miles, easy - flat
Leg 3 - 5.9 miles, moderate w/ hills
Leg 4 - 6.5 miles, moderate w/ a steep climb
Leg 5 - 6.6 difficult - strong runner required
- Wave 1 Relay & Marathon 8:00am @ Mazama Corral Trailhead
- Wave 2 Relay 8:30am @ Mazama Corral Trailhead
- 1/2 Marathon: 9:00am @ Chickadee Trailhead
- Awards and after-party: ~12:30pm @ Finish-line in Twisp
- A marathon participant runs the entire course. Marathon participants are expected to run the majority of course, not walk or hike. Out of respect for our volunteers and private landowners, marathon runners and teams must be able to complete the entire course in 6 hours - by 2:00pm.
- Half Marathon participants are expected to be able to finish their ~13.1 mile course in 5 hours or less - by 2:00pm.
- A relay team must have 2-5 people, and finish by 2:00pm.
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, an aid station, timing, awards and random prizes.
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.
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 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.
8:00 a.m. wave one; finish time is under 1:40 hours/minutes
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 2:30-3:00 hours/minutes
8:15 a.m. wave six; finish time 3:00-3:30 hours/minutes
Cost: $85 per person
Entry fee includes race bib, Cutthroat Classic t-shirt with artwork by local artist Mary Sharman, post-race lunch, 1 beer ticket and awards.
Military Discount: If you have served or are an active member in the military, we offer a 10% discount. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
**No refunds or registration transfers after August 15th, 2020. $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.
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 11: Between Winthrop Mtn Sports and Rocking Horse Bakery...we highly recommend this option.
6:00 - 6:30 a.m. Saturday, September 12 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 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 noon.
Spectator Shuttle - A bus will leave Mazama at 8:30 am and 9:00 am to take family and friends to the Finish Line at the Cutthroat Trailhead. They are welcome to ride back on any of the shuttles heading back to Mazama at the end of the race.
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).
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.
After the race, enjoy a fantastic, local, healthy lunch at the Mazama Community Club from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Entry fee also inlcudes 1 FREE local, craft brew from the Old Schoolhouse Brewery.
Awards and Divisions
The awards ceremony will begin approximately 11:30 am at the Mazama Community Club. Age divisions are: 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.
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