Summit County: Nearly 100 racers snowshoe at Skedaddle
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The day was frigid, but race conditions were nice for Silverthorne’s Swift Skedaddle Snowshoe Adventure Race Saturday.
“It was cold, but not so bad. The sun came out and the wind died down, so it did not feel as cold as it was,” race coordinator Mindy Nicholds said. Nicholds is the sports and athletic coordinator of the Silverthorne Recreation Center.
Of the 129 registered for the race, 96 showed up, she said.
Silverthorne Mayor Dave Koop officially started the race at 10:30 a.m., with both 5k snowshoers and 10k racers starting en masse on The Raven at Three Peaks Golf Club’s course.
“It begins on the golf course but it goes onto national forest land,” Nicholds said. “It’s very beautiful and actually very challenging. … It’s a fun, unique course.”
Those dashing on snowshoes descend a steep hill back onto the golf course to finish before the event goes social with a soup and salad awards lunch.
Summit resident and avid snowshoe racer Kevin Minard did the 10k course along with a handful of individuals looking to qualify for U.S. National Snowshoe Championships to be held in Bend, Ore. this year.
Minard wasn’t looking to qualify, but was intrigued to see how he stacked up against others in the 10k course.
“Race conditions were perfect for the cold. The course was medium. It wasn’t terribly fast. There were lots of soft blown-over times,” Minard said, adding he spotted one snowshoer who shot out at the beginning. A fast marathoner, the man was quickly caught up in the strategy snowshoe races demand.
On the first soft, steep hill, the group condensed back together and from there, it was interesting for Minard to see how the runners rearranged themselves.
“If you’ve never done (a snowshoe race) before, it’s easy to redline and blow yourself up,” Minard said.
Meanwhile, a 10-year-old placed second in the 5k race.
“He was really kicking it,” Nicholds said. “He’s obviously a natural athlete.”
Nicholds gave a shout-out to the sponsors of Saturday’s event: community volunteers, Mountain Lyon Cafe, The Mint, Old Chicago, Blue Moon, Quality Inn, Pearl Izumi, Chipotle and headline sponsors Basic Property Management and The Outlets at Silverthorne.
Proceeds from the event benefit Silverthorne Recreation Center’s Youth Scholarship Fund, which allows children to attend programs and classes that they might not otherwise be able to afford.
“I love this race. The rec center puts on a good race each year,” Minard said.
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