Each year, hundreds of people run or hike from the base of Squaw to High Camp for the Squaw Mountain Run. Twenty-sixteen marked the 36 th annual SMR, with around 350 participants. The ASC Training Center, a non-profit based on Donner Summit, is the event organizer and puts on the Squaw Mountain run as a fundraiser for their biathlon and junior cross country ski programs and to help fight cancer in the Tahoe/Truckee community. The event donates 20% of the funds it raises to the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.
For many participants, the Squaw Mountain Run is a way to celebrate life following a personal struggle with cancer or in memory of a loved
one. At registration, there is a flag that people can sign with their name or with that of a loved one. The flag gets carried to the race finish at High Camp where a moment of silence is observed during the awards ceremony. This year there were participants from Lisa’s Army, families participating in the SMR in memory of a loved one, and many cancer survivors. The Squaw Mountain Run is a great way for people to show their support for someone who has battled cancer or to show their appreciation for the amazing cancer center we have in Truckee.
In addition to those running in memory of someone are the people who have come to try to be the first up the hill. Highlighting the run’s top finishers was 20 year old Arturo Arevalo who is living and training in Truckee this summer before he heads back to Chico State for his senior year as a member of their XC running team. It was Arturo’s first time doing the run, but he handily won in a time of 29 minutes and 5 seconds. This year’s female winner was 18 year old Lindsey Adams from Gardnerville, NV who ran it in 36 minutes and 21 seconds.
In second place for the men and women respectively were Tobias and Eliska Albrigtsen, the new coaches for the Tahoe XC Junior Ski Team, who just moved to Tahoe City from Colorado. And in 3 rd place were Nick Spector, another runner from Chico State, and Lenka Sterling of Truckee.
The event would not be possible without the generous support that Squaw-Alpine has provided year after year to the event and the cause.
Other sponsors this year include Salomon, Tahoe Mountain Sports, Ultimate Direction, Darn Tough, 50/50 Brewery, the Hampton Inn, Brad Henry Pottery, and Hammer Nutrition.
All images Courtesy of Facchino Photography