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Pedal Power winter series wraps with 2017 Colorado State Snowshoe Championship on March 4

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Racers leave the start line in the shadow of the Continental Divide near Tennessee Pass for the 2016 Colorado State Snowshoe Championship. The 5K/10K race returns to Tennessee Pass outside of Leadville on March 4 as the last event in the Pedal Power Winter Race Series.

LEADVILLE — It's the final snowshoe showdown.

On Saturday, March 4, dozens of snowshoe racers from across the region and state gather at the Continental Divide for the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse 5K/10K race. It's the fifth and final event in the 2017 Pedal Power Winter Race Series and doubles as the Colorado State Snowshoe Championship, drawing a stacked field of cross-country champs and XTERRA pros.

This year's event comes with two distances: a 5K and a 10K. The adventurous 5K is a fun run, according to a release from event organizers, held on groomed Nordic track to suit more casual snowshoers. It winds through the pine forests and meadows of Tennessee Pass along the Continental Divide.

For more of a challenge, sign up to compete in the 10K event, which serves as the official state championships. The annual race determines the top men's and women's snowshoers in the state, the release continued, and winners from each category take home the Colorado snowshoe title.

"Mother Nature has smiled upon us again this year and conditions for the event should be absolutely prime, with plenty of snow providing beautiful course conditions," race director Bruce Kelly said of this winter's abundant snowfall. "This fundraiser is perfect for enjoying a variety of forested and open terrain, along with some amazing views along the Continental Divide."

Each year, proceeds from the entire race series help support charities from Eagle and Lake counties. Proceeds from this event will go into a scholarship fund for high school mountain bike riders who want to continue racing in college, according to the release.

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Registration for the event is $20 online or $25 on-site the day of the race. Fees include a post-race lunch from the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse, along with awards for top-three finishers in each category.

Racers should meet at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center at Ski Cooper, found outside of Leadville on U.S. Highway 24. Snowshoes are required.

2017 Colorado State Snowshoe Championship

What: The fifth and final event in the Pedal Power Winter Race Series, a 5K and 10K snowshoe race that doubles as the Colorado State Snowshoe Championship

When: Saturday, March 4 at 10 a.m.

Where: Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, E. Tennessee Road in Leadville

Cost: $20 pre-registration, $25 onsite

Participants can sign up online or onsite. Racers can also register with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail. For more information and details on the event, including location, start time, registration fees and more, go to pedalpowerbike.com or call (970) 845-0931.

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