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Donner Party Mountain Runners | Get the most out of the winter running season

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I considered standing outside, waving my fist in the air, channeling my inner Clint-Eastwood-in-Gran-Torino and yelling, “Get that white stuff off my running trails!”

But that seemed like an overreaction.

Though, as a runner, this can be a challenging time of year. Postpartum depression sets in as our favorite trails become indistinguishable under endless swaths of snow, and we’re forced to take time off or (deep breath) run on the treadmill.

What to do? The foothills still hold great running options, but the commute makes those trips more of an undertaking than is feasible on a consistent basis.

Day to day, those of us in the running community here in Truckee/Tahoe have to find a more accessible alternative. Call me crazy, but take it from me — you can just keep running outside, snow or no snow.

Snowshoe running is a rapidly growing sport and each year there are more races, more equipment options to help improve the experience and more snowshoe runners.

It seems crazy at first, but dig a little deeper and snowshoe running can be a real, viable alternative to help keep your running habit going through the winter.

Additionally, we’re fortunate enough to live in a fantastic Nordic community with groomed trail options for running with microspikes or crampons on your regular running shoes (Yaktrax and Kahtoola make some great products) throughout winter.

Take a leap this winter and see just how accessible snow running can be with some appropriate clothing and a new twist on your footwear choices.

If you’re interested in learning more about snowshoe running in Truckee/Tahoe, join the Donner Party Mountain Runners as we present an evening with Peter Fain, the 2009 U.S. National Snowshoe Running champion, at the Coffeebar in Truckee on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

Peter will discuss the history of the sport, gear, technique and more, and a representative from Atlas Snowshoes will be on hand to demo and showcase some great options.

Don’t get discouraged when the snow covers your favorite trails — get informed and keep running. 

See you out there.

Author Chris Cloyd writes on behalf of the Donner Party Mountain Runners, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to informing and inspiring mountain runners in the Truckee-Tahoe area. More information can be found on their site, http://www.donnerpartymountainrunners.com.