Snowshoeing The Great and#8216;Skiand#8217; Race
Running on Snow
Iand#8217;ve heard it before: and#8220;Itand#8217;s a ski race not a snowshoe race.and#8221; And theyand#8217;re right. But this fun event is also a fundraiser for Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. They snowshoe, donand#8217;t they? And your donated registration funds are just as needed, so I say take on the challenge.
Eighteen miles in snowshoes may seem daunting, but itand#8217;s not. Unless you have other snowshoe runners out there you intend on racing, I suggest you get the thought of racing out of your head.
I get caught up in the race and charge hard all the way to the top of the climb only to be passed later on the downhill. Itand#8217;s inevitable. So let the course, the elements and the run be challenge enough.
Since youand#8217;ve already been toying with the idea and now youand#8217;re committed, here are some crucial points to finishing this race:
and#8226; Your average trail marathon time should be a good indicator as to how long it will take, or three to three and a half hours to be safe (four to six if youand#8217;re going to walk the whole time).
and#8226; Carry plenty of fuel. There are only two stops on the course. Youand#8217;ll need a lot more than that to finish feeling good.
and#8226; Dress accordingly. Itand#8217;s going to be a wet one this year so make sure you have layers. It may not be a bad idea to carry extra layers that you can change into once you soak through.
and#8226; Do not snowshoe in the middle of the groomer. Skiers donand#8217;t like very much. Besides, the sweet spot is immediately to the inside of the striding lane. Youand#8217;ll be stepping where the striders pole, and youand#8217;ll be out of the skatersand#8217; way.
and#8226; Run the flats and downhills, and power hike up. If youand#8217;re feeling good, run up.
Thatand#8217;s really it. Like Iand#8217;ve said before, if you are a runner, you are a snowshoe runner. Good luck, be safe and enjoy the party that The Great Ski race brings.
and#8212; Peter Fain is a Truckee resident and 2009 National Snowshoe Champion. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
High school snowboarding continued this week with a pair of giant slalom races at Boreal Mountain California and Alpine Meadows.