Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series continues |

Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series continues

Daily Staff Report
Special to the Daily/Amy Hornyak Snowshoers burst through the start line at McCoy Park during a race in last year's Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series.

BEAVER CREEK – Make your New Year’s resolution to get more outdoor exercise a reality this winter by strapping on a pair of snowshoes for the second race in the five-event Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series Saturday at Beaver Creek’s McCoy Park.”The best way to burn off those holiday calories is to join us for a day of snowshoeing,” said Amy Hornyak of Highline Sports & Entertainment. “Compete in the 10K or trek it up with friends in the East-West 5K Quest.”The Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series features the “Dash For Cash” – an all out sprint, East-West 5K Quest, a recreational walk and run, a competitive 10K race for adults and the Kids K for participants 12 and under. The Kids K is free to kids accompanied by a parent. Children 5 and older are allowed to participate.Vail, Colorado

All snowshoeing activities start at 11 a.m. Individual race entry is $20 in advance by visiting Ptarmigan Sports in Edwards or online at Day-of registration is available from 9-10:45 a.m. for $25 per person at McCoy Park. Expo and demo snowshoes will also be featured at this location.Nike and Atlas Snow-Shoe Company will provide limited free demos and basic instruction to participants prior to each race and are available on a first-come first-serve basis.Competition continues

The first race of the year featured some close finishes. Hornyak expects some familiar faces to vie for first place Saturday.”Josiah Middaugh has made a home on the podium, but Greg Krause has been nipping at his feet,” Hornyak said. “Anita Ortiz won the first 10K event for the women, and I predict we’ll see her take top honors a few more times this season.”But there are always a few surprises, like in last race when several top-three finishers competed for the first time in a snowshoe race.

Clos competitionHornyak said that each race typically features 300-400 competitors.After Saturday’s race, the series continues Feb. 11, then followed by the Jeremy Wright North American Snowshoe Championships on March 5 and the Snowshoe Shuffle on April 1. The Snowshoe Shuffle is a benefit for the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation. The Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series benefits the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation.Race participants and guests may park for free in the Bear Lot along U.S. Highway 6 in Avon. A free shuttle will transport snowshoers to Beaver Creek Landing base area, where series representatives will distribute pedestrian foot passes for lift access to McCoy Park.

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