Snowshoers wanted to romp at Komen Foundation event |

Snowshoers wanted to romp at Komen Foundation event

FRISCO – During your lunch hour today, 18 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The Komen Foundation, which is responsible for the nationwide Race for the Cure and several other race events throughout the country, will host the Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer March 15 at the Frisco Nordic Center.

The Romp features three snowshoe events and benefits the Denver affiliate of the Komen Foundation, which provides assistance for breast cancer victims and research toward a cure.

“Races are important to help raise money for the fight, because I think people like to race for a cause,” said Summit County resident and event organizer Joan Davids, who has been in remission from breast cancer since July of 2000. “(As) a survivor, anything (that) helps in the research of breast cancer is very important to me. After participating in something like Race for the Cure in Denver, people feel like they really did something worthwhile, and they did. This event will give participants the same sense of accomplishment.”

The Romp starts at 9:30 a.m. March 15 with a 3-kilometer snowshoe fun run, then continues at 10 a.m. with 3K and 5K snowshoe benefit walks.

“This is the first time we’ve ever tried it,” said Frisco Nordic Center operator Therese Dayton of the breast cancer fund-raiser. “It’s such a great experience, it’s less competitive, and (organizers) are expecting between 400 and 500 people. They’re going to use some of our ski trails, but they can pace out. Some can run, they can also walk it.”

Registration costs $10 before the event and $12 the day of the race. Participants who collect $100 or more in pledges before the race will be entered into drawings for outdoor gear from sponsors Tubbs Snowshoes, REI, Eastern Mountain Sports, Petzl Headlamps, Dierra Designs and Leki. A limited amount of demo Tubbs Snowshoes will be free to use for racers who need them.

“Just about everyone knows of someone who has gone through breast cancer,” Davids said. “That’s why it’s important to participate in this event, either in the walk, fun run, or via a pledge.”

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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