Snowshoes (Maybe) Optional: Race Will Go On
For those of us with a hankering for winter sports, we’re hoping Mother Nature starts feeling less stingy with the white stuff. But whatever she hands us in the next few days, the Kahtoola Snow or No Snowshoe Race will go on next Sunday at the Nordic Center.
Whether the event becomes more of a standard trail run or an actual snowshoe race, there are several distances to choose from: a 1K Family Fun Run and Walk, 5K, or a 10K. The 10K course is a U.S. Snowshoe Association national qualifying event.
All distances traverse parts of the scenic trails and rolling terrain at the Flagstaff Nordic Center and relay team options are also available. About $5 of each entry fee will be donated to Friends of Flagstaff’s Future (F3), an organization that promotes” a sustainable, socially just, and economically equitable and viable community.” Proceeds from on-site childcare and a cash bar will also go to F3.
Enter the 1K for a $5 donation to F3–the 5K costs $30 and the 10K is $40. A three-person relay can register for $75 and Nordic Center season pass holders receive a $5 discount on all events. Register online at Virtual Roster or pay on race day (a $5 race-day fee increase applies).
Even if the ground isn’t covered in snow, it may not stop some from putting on the snowshoes anyway. In the first year of the event, race organizers say that only Steve Ilg decided to run with the winter equipment strapped to his feet.
“Steve was determined to snowshoe race that day as he had worked hard to encourage snowshoe racing at the Flagstaff Nordic Center,” according to the race website. “Years later we have a big ‘Thank You’ to him for his gentle prodding and enthusiastic support of winter sports at the Nordic Center!”
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