Try a late season snowshoe race
-By Scott Leitch
Though we’re over the hump in terms of managing winter, there’s still some left and most of the country is cover in a healthy blanket of snow.
If you’re not one for the treadmill, snowshoeing is a great cross-training alternative during the winter and can be really fun. But like running, getting into a race feels like another step. Snowshoe races are more akin to trail races; they’re farther outside the city, attract fewer participants and come with a not-so-subtle ruggedness to them.
If you’re still interested, it’s not too late to register for a late-season snowshoe race. Unfortunately, a lot of the country lies in some snowshoe race dead zones after January wraps up, but there are a few options left.
The North Face Dirty Feet series – B.C.
Two snowshoe races remain in this interior BC trail and snowshoe race series. There are 5K and 10K races still to be run at Silver Star ski resort and Sun Peaks ski resort. The Silver Star races will be held on Feb. 21 and the Sun Peaks events are scheduled for the following week, on Feb. 28.
After the final snowshoe race, the series will continue with trail runs through the summer.
Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind Challenge – B.C.
This March 22 race is at the very end of the snow season. It’s hosted just north of Vancouver, making it easily accessible to anyone from the Lower Mainland. The race is 5.5K and is suited for all ages and abilities. It includes post-race festivities.
Mad Trapper Racing – Quebec
The popular Mad Trapper snowshoe racing series has one event left before their series is finished for winter. The Champs, held on Feb 21 in Denholm, Quebec, just north of Gatineau and the National Capital Region, is a all-comers event with no qualifier required. They offer a 5K and 10K route. Registration online is closed, but you can get a bib before the race start.