Auburn Ski Club Training Center plays host to three popular running events that have all ages and abilities covered. From mile-long fun runs to 50k single-track Ultra runs, the annual events serve as fundraisers for the Training Center’s Nordic and Biathlon programs.
A perennial favorite, the Firecracker Mile, is eagerly anticipated from year to year as the kick-off to Truckee’s Fourth of July parade. From parents pushing babies in strollers to highly competitive athletes going all out for the win, the Firecracker Mile is exciting to take part in and also fun to watch. There are three separate entry categories and registration is open now online, and in person at Tahoe Mountain Sports in Truckee beginning July 1st.
The 38th Annual Squaw Mountain Run takes place on Sat., July 28. This 3.6 mile run or hike from the base of KT-22 to Squaw Valley’s High Camp is an annual favorite and offers serious runners, casual hikers and even non-athletes an opportunity to soak a beautiful summer day at one of the most breathtaking places on earth. This year in addition to the Flower Walk at High Camp for non-runners, there will also be a Yoga for Life class, both of which come with a free Cable Car ride to High Camp.
The Squaw Mountain Run is a wonderful event to share with family and friends. In addition to helping support ASC Training Center programs, 20 percent of all proceeds directly benefit the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation for programs and services at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Cancer Center. For many, the event has become an annual ritual of celebration following personal struggles with cancer or in memory of someone they’ve lost. ASCTC has raised over $25,000 in the last six years for the TFHS Foundation. Register online early before registration fees go up.
Finally, the fourth annual Sierra Crest Ultra Run, with 50k and 30k distances plus a 15k Fun Run, takes place Sat., August 4. Racers start off at the Tahoe Donner Adventure Center with the Ultra courses traveling scenic single track into Euer Valley and up over the Sierra Crest to the Training Center’s lodge on Donner Summit.
About Auburn Ski Club Training Center
ASC Training Center’s summer running series, besides offering fun and challenges for athletes of all ages, helps support their Nordic and Biathlon programs, keeping them affordable for all. Skiers from age two to 82 participate in programs at the nonprofit training center on Donner Summit. ASCTC has evolved over the years into a world class training and racing venue from its humble beginnings as the Auburn Ski Club, founded in 1928 by a small group of dedicated skiers and jumpers from the Foothills. Auburn Ski Club has played an integral role in the history and development of winter sports in the Sierra for ninety years and their coaches and programs have developed many world class skiers and Olympians. Their primary mission is still a simple one: to foster the lifelong enjoyment of winter sports for families and athletes. ASC Training Center recently received status as Bronze Podium Certified Club from U.S. Ski and Snowboard.
Content and photo submitted by Beth Ingalls