This is not your grandpappy's snowshoe competition. This Sunday, March 8, nationally ranked snowshoe athletes from all over the country will be arriving on the flanks of Mount Hood to compete for twenty-one spots on the U.S. National Snowshoe Team
. Past members of the U.S. Snowshoe Team, including Bill and Sarah Raitter from Nevada, Michayla Heil from Wisconsin and Sonja Wieck and Charlie Wertheim from Colorado, will be competing in different age brackets all day, over courses that range from single-track to ungroomed uphill and downhill slopes.
Of course, anyone who makes the trek out to Mount Hood will probably want to do some snowshoeing of their own. Registration starts at 8 am for the Citizen's 5K, which starts at 10:15 am, and spectators will be able to demo snowshoes from Atlas Sports and Mountain Snowshoes.
The awards ceremony will take place at 3 pm, but not only the winners will be taking home prizes. PowerSox, the sponsor, will be giving away free socks to everyone, even spectators! Also, $3,000 in prizes will be given away randomly throughout the day, which includes snowshoes, apparel, and other goodies.
Snowshoeing has long been passed over in favor of downhilling, or even cross-country skiing, but the fact remains that it's a great, not to mention hugely athletic, way to cover ground. Enjoy a day on the slopes, free from snow bunnies preening in their Burton gear. And get some free socks!
2009 PowerSox United States National Snowshoe Championships. White River West Sno-Park, 4 miles north of the Highway 26/Highway 35 Junction, 212-366-1796. 9:30 am Sunday, March 8. $20-$25.