XTERRA Steamboat Snowshoe Series

XTERRA Trail Run SeriesA 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

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