Snowshoeing is a great sport that is gaining in popularity across the United States. It’s a fantastic activity in which the entire family can participate, because it’s relatively inexpensive and it gets you outdoors. In addition, snowshoeing is a good way to get exercise in the winter months and enjoy the peaceful beauty of a fresh, snow-covered vista.
As more and more people are strapping on a pair of snowshoes, a sport has developed and is really taking off; snowshoe racing. The United States Snowshoe Association recently held its annual national snowshoe racing competition, and some of the results from the event are listed below.
2012 U.S. National Snowshoe Teams
|McKenna Ramsay||CO||14 & under||32:53|
U.S. Military Participants
|Name||State||Branch||Sex||Time||Bill Raitter||NV||Army||M||55:31||Jared Graham||GA||Army||M||1:18:23||Leslie Capuano||NC||Marines||F||1:30:03|
*For all results please check the official 2012 Dion United States National Snowshoe Championship Race Results.
About Snowshoe Racing
If you are interested in taking up snowshoe racing and possibly competing, there are two different types of races; sprint and distance. Each race has its own set of rules and is designed to challenge athletes in the different divisions in unique ways.
Nordic sprint snowshoe racers can compete in 100m, 200m, or 400m events, or a combination of the events. They race on a 300 meter oval track with surface variations ranging from unfrozen ground, frozen ground, icy surface to light or hard packed snow. The snowshoes used must be designed for travel in snow, with 120 square inches of surface area.
Distance snowshoe racers may face terrain that is either compacted snow or a virgin, untouched trail. All competitors start en masse, but there may be divisions for age and gender. A finish only counts if both snowshoes are firmly attached to the racer. If a shoe becomes loose or disengaged, the racer must step off the track and reattach the snowshoe to finish the race. If an unfastened snowshoe interferes with another athlete, then the racer with the errant snowshoe will be disqualified.
If you are looking for a great new way to exercise during the winter, and you don’t want to spend a fortune, try snowshoeing. Who knows? You may find you have a knack for the sport and decide to give snowshoe racing a try!