Colorado Snowshoe Championships next week |

Colorado Snowshoe Championships next week

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL- Colorado is about to find out who the state’s top women’s and men’s snowshoe racers are as the Pedal Power Snowshoe Adventure Series holds the third event of its series, The Tennessee Pass Cookhouse/Colorado State Snowshoe Championships.

The race is Jan. 15 at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center at 10 a.m.

There will be both a 5K and a 10K competition, with the longer race serving as the championship event. This race is also a regional qualifying race for the 11th annual U.S. National Championships, to be held this year at Lakewood Resort in Cable, Wis.

The Tennessee Pass courses have won raves from the USSSA, the sanctioning body for the nation’s official snowshoe competition. The course has changed every year, taking a dramatic shift last year as it took advantage of new biking trails that had interconnected with the existing Nordic system.

Because of the challenge and variety of terrain, along with the untracked snow conditions, the championship track is considered one of the premier snowshoe courses in the country, attracting some of the top local, regional and national Nordic and endurance competitors.

Racers will meet at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center at Ski Cooper, between I-70 and Leadville.

The nonprofit Snowshoe Series, now in its 15th season, benefits local charities in Eagle and Lake counties and consists of five events starting in early December and running through the end of February. The next event in the series, slated for Jan. 29, marks the first of the season’s two winter triathlons, which include snowshoeing, snow biking and skate skiing.

Registration is $20 and participants can pre-register with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970 845-0931. Registration forms can also be downloaded online at Participants may also register ($25) on the day of the event at the race start.

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