Snowshoe Shuffle returns Saturday
The Snowshoe Shuffle, billed as the largest snowshoe race in North America, is expected to draw more than 1,000 competitors to Vail Saturday.
The event, held atop Vail Mountain, includes 5K, 10K and 1-mile races for beginning to elite snowshoers. Proceeds from the event go toward cancer prevention, education and early detection in the Vail Valley and surrounding regions.
“This legendary race will again feature some of the finest snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountains, with breathtaking views from atop Vail Mountain. It’s a fantastic event for families and individuals who want to spend a day in the sun and snow and help raise money for a great cause,” said Suzanne Sloan, of the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation, which is sponsoring the event, now in its 11th year.
The Snowshoe Shuffle is open to competitors of all ages and abilities and all races take place at 11 a.m. Free snowshoe rentals are provided by Atlas Snowshoe Company and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Women’s Cancer Coalition, a nonprofit organization operating under the auspices of Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation. The Coalition focuses on cancer prevention, education and early detection in the Colorado mountain communities of Eagle, Summit and Lake counties. Event proceeds help to provide free mammograms, free cancer screenings and health fairs for women.
“This race signifies the very essence of human strength, spirituality and the aspiration to succeed. Whether you live in Colorado or Canada, this event sets the standard when it comes to fighting for this cause,” said Andrea Glass, chairwoman of the Snowshoe Shuffle.
The 2004 Snowshoe Shuffle is sponsored by Alpine Bank, Humana, R.A. Nelson & Associates, HC Beck Group, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, and Diversified Radiology of Colorado PC.
A community dinner will be held Friday to kick of the races. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa and all proceeds will benefit the Women’s Cancer Coalition
Cancer survivor and outdoor enthusiast Toben Anderson will speak at the dinner.
Snowshoe Shuffle and Community Dinner
• Snowshoers can register for the races events online at http://www.snowshoeshuffle.com or contact Highline Sports & Entertainment at 476-6797 to request a mail-in entry form. Registration fee for all 5K and 10K events is $30 for adults and $25 for kids ages six to 17. Kids five and under are free.
Four-person team participation is available for the 5K and 10K events for $100.
The Vail Daily One-Mile Fun Run race is $15 for adults and kids. Day-of race registration is also available to participants for an additional fee.
• Tickets to the community dinner are $40 for adults and $20 for kids ages 5-12. Kids four and under are free. Call 569-7464 to reserve seats.