Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is the snowshoe race dog friendly? Can we race with our dogs?
A. You bet! We just have a few requirements: 1) your dog must stay on leash at all times, 2) you must promptly clean up and dispose of any messes, 3) be sensitive to those around who may not want to be around a dog, and 4) only one dog per person.
Q. What should I wear for clothing?
A. You should dress in typical clothes you'd normally wear for a trail run in winter. One of the most common mistakes newcomers make is over dressing. Running in snowshoes is a tremendous amount of work and body temps rise quickly and stay elevated throughout the race. Most snowshoe racers dress in light layers using a synthetic hat as the perfect method of maintaining a comfortable body temperature. Running tights are the preferred lower body layer, up top, two or three light synthetic layers with at least one long-sleeve article is often used. Depending on wind chill, sometimes a light outer shell is worn.
Q. What do most people wear for shoes?
A. Most snowshoe racers wear running shoes and running socks. You may want to have warm boots to keep your feet warm before the race, then switch to running shoes before the start. If you keep moving, you'll warm up and stay warm during the race. A wool pair of running socks are usually a good idea.
Q. Is it possible to do the race if I have not used snowshoes before?
A. The biggest challenge with snowshoeing is the coordination of not stepping on each foot's snowshoe, as snowshoes are wider and longer than you're used to. If you're used to running, and are fairly coordinated, you should be fine at a moderate pace, probably walking and running. I probably wouldn't expect to be running the whole thing. It also uses a little different leg muscles, since you have to walk a bit more bow-legged, so you'll feel those muscles getting a bit sore.