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Snowshoes (Maybe) Optional: Race Will Go On

Submitted by on January 21, 2012 – 1:53 pm2 Comments

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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  • ae says:

    was at the races yesterday – glorious, sunny, alpine morning. in spite of mother nature not cooperating, everyone had a great time. so glad the Flagstaff Nordic Center and all of the race sponsors help to support winter racing in FLG! see you in 2013!

  • mt says:

    Micro-spikes were the best traction option as the course varied from dirt through thin (1″ – 2″ deep) cover to ankle+ deep zones. The 10K’ers got the awesome view of the west flank of the peaks after climbing Peak-A-View hill, then some knee deep postholing on the north side descent, as a change of pace from the thin cover of most of the course. Temps were noticeably warmer than 2011, downright balmy for January. Thanks Tim, Wendell, and rest of Nordic Center crew for putting on the race and providing Nordic Center beanie in the race bag!

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