XTERRA Steamboat Snowshoe Series
A popular winter recreational activity now has a competitive side.
The inaugural XTERRA Steamboat Snowshoe Series in Colorado incorporates the common winter activity of snowshoeing with short- and long-distance courses. The three-race season runs from January through March in Steamboat Springs.
“We have people who want to do the 1k and want to get out and try a new experience in the snow, do it with their kids and family,” said race organizer Todd Gollnick.
“(For) athletes, this is a really incredible aerobic workout. It’s harder than running, it’s harder to run in snowshoes for a competitive 10k. It’s attracting top-level endurance athletes around town and the region.”
As snowshoes gained popularity in the winter season, Gollnick thought about introducing a competitive side to it. Snowshoes were already being used for exercise and mountain climbing.
“We have a pentathlon in town, and we’ve been pushing Snowshoe as a great warm up for the pentathlon event,” Gollnick said.
Like any other XTERRA series, the top Snowshoe athlete — by gender and age group in the 10k — after the last race in the series will earn free entry into the XTERRA National Championship in Ogden, Utah on Sept. 21.
Photo courtesy of Todd Gollnick
XTERRA Steamboat Snowshoe Series Mt. Werner 10K, 5K, 1K