VAIL, Colorado - The second race in Pedal Power Snowshoe Adventure Series, the Pazzo's Eagle-Vail Holiday 5K/10K, will take place Saturday at 10 a.m.
Racers will meet prior to the start at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion located off of Highway 6 and 24 in Eagle-Vail. This week the nonprofit race series is teaming up with the Bonfils Bone Marrow Donor program for a donor drive that will take place at the Pavillion from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., presenting an opportunity for both participants and supporters to help add to the rolls of potential marrow donors in the state.
The Pazzo's snowshoe event takes place on a woodsy technical course with short steep ups and fast downs through the trees.
According to race organizer Bruce Kelly, it is consistently one of the most popular events of the series.
"Each year this race brings us a little bit closer to hitting the 100 participant level," Kelly said. "Our goal this year is to hit and even eclipse that level. The more people we get, the greater the benefit to the charities we work with in Lake and Eagle Counties. ... Face it, snowshoeing or any althletic competition is fun and exciting, but the reality is that everyday people are facing much greater challenges than shoeing up a snow-covered hillside. That's been our mission all along - to do anything we can to help."
The series consists of five events held around the region, including the Colorado State Championship, which also acts as the qualifying race for the United States Snowshoe Association National Championships. These high-profile races, along with Pedal Power's reputation for providing great course venues and the high caliber of competition, have made the Pedal Power Snowshoe Adventure Series one of the top events in the region.
This year's schedule will again feature the increasingly popular "winter triathalon," which includes snowshoeing, snow biking and skate skiing. This event, which closes out the series, will act as the sanctioned North American Winter Triathlon Championships.
New this year, the series will be a winter mountain bike race. This race will feature both a beginners course at five to six miles and a testy expert course that will test racers' mettle with 10-12 miles of grueling snow-covered terrain.
Registration for this event is $20. Participants can save time by pre-registering directly online at pedalpowerbike.com. They can also register with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970 845-0931. Registration is also possible for $25 on the day of the event at the race start. For more information call Pedal Power at 845-0931.