Posts Categorized: Snowshoe

Enjoying an Old Fashioned Winter at Snowshoe Nationals

Trail runner Laura Clark shares her story from this year’s Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships, where she finished second in her age group in the 10K and 34th overall in the half marathon. Photos by Jen Ferriss. Recalling those “When I was your age…” legends about blinding snowstorms and waist-high drifts, the 2018 Dion… Read more »

Snowshoe Running with Northern Lites

Written by Jim York and originally published in the Winter 2017/18 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Northern Lites is an American Trail Running Association corporate member.  Jim is also event director of the Ripper Race on February 4, 2018 at Afton Alps, WI. Snowshoes are an easy way to keep running all winter, even… Read more »

2018 North American Continental Snowshoe Championships to be held in Saranac, NY

Press release written by Mark Elmore. Corinth, NY: The United States Snowshoe Association is pleased to announce that the World Snowshoe Federation (WSSF) recently awarded their 2018 North American Continental Snowshoe Championships event to 2017 US National Snowshoe Team member Jeremy Drowne and his Cock-A-Doodle-Shoe Snowshoe Race in Saranac, NY. The WSSF Continental Snowshoe Championships… Read more »

ATRA’s Richard Bolt recognized for contributions to snowshoe running

At the 16th annual Birkie Trail Fest in Hayward, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 30, ATRA’s Director of Marketing Richard Bolt was presented with the 2017 Cindy Brochman Memorial Snowshoe Magazine Person of the Year award. The upper Midwest was a fitting spot to celebrate Bolt’s accomplishments as a snowshoe ambassador and role model, since the… Read more »

ATRA board member Tom Sobal honored in Colorado

On April 5, American Trail Running Association advisor Tom Sobal was inducted into the 2017 Colorado Running Hall of Fame during an evening ceremony in Denver. This tall and lean, soft-spoken athlete sporting a full beard and long braided pony tail said from the dais when receiving his award, “I’m honored and humbled and I… Read more »

Trail runners hit the snow for a national championship in Oregon

Story and photos by ATRA Director of Marketing Richard Bolt. He completed his first snowshoe race in 2002, attended 9 of the last 17 U.S. Snowshoe National Championships and has been a member of 2 U.S. National Snowshoe Teams. Richard is also sponsored by ATRA corporate member Atlas Snow-Shoe Company. For the first time in… Read more »

Community Makes it a Better World Snowshoe Championship

Written by ATRA contributor, trail and snowshoe racer Laura Clark. Photo credit: Skye Marthaler. “We are the world, we are the children. We are the ones who make a better day”. — Michael Jackson Like many international events, the 2017 World Snowshoe Federation Championships in Saranac Lake, New York adopted a theme song, one meant… Read more »

WSSF World Snowshoe Championships hosted by USA in 2017

Written by avid snowshoe racer Laura Clark who shares a brief overview of next month’s event. The World Snowshoe Federation (WSSF) World Snowshoe Championship will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017, in Saranac Lake, NY. Previously hosted in Austria, Canada, Italy, Japan and Sweden, this will be its first time taking place in the U.S…. Read more »

Snowshoe National Championships Coming To Bend, Oregon

Written by Mark Elmore, Sport Director, United States Snowshoe Racing Association (USSSA).  The US Snowshoe Association and their event partners at Visit Bend in Bend, Oregon are working hard preparing to host the 2017 U.S. National Snowshoe Championships at the Mount Bachelor Nordic Center March 24th-26th, 2017. Many of the nation’s finest winter endurance athletes… Read more »

Saratoga Snowshoe…sort of

Written by Laura Clark and originally published in our Spring 2016 edition of Trail Times. This has been a difficult winter, with WMAC Dion Snowshoe Series race directors struggling to locate adequate snow. Hilltop Orchard was delayed twice, Woodford opted for the relay course instead of the treacherous mountain climb and Curly’s relocated to Woodford… Read more »

Snowshoeing 101

Written by ATRA contributor by Laura Clark.  Laura is a longtime snowshoe event director and lives in Saratoga Springs in upstate New York.  What makes snowshoeing so appealing is that there are no special skill sets or expensive lessons involved. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. If you can run, then you can certainly… Read more »

9th Annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill coming up February 21

Written by Jen Mason. Photo by ninetyseventy.com. 9th Annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill coming up February 21 (Vail, Colo.) – What better way to celebrate American Heart Month than with a challenging trek up Vail Mountain on Sunday, February 21. The annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill Race and Hike welcomes runners, hikers, skiers and snowshoers… Read more »

Atlas Snow-Shoe Co. Introduces New Peak Series Collection of Snowshoes

The following press release is from ATRA corporate member Atlas Snow-Shoe Co. and just in time for the winter season. In addition to the new Peak snowshoes mentioned below, experienced trail runners might want to consider the Atlas Speed series snowshoes for men and women. Atlas Snow-Shoe Co. Introduces New Peak Series Collection of Snowshoes New… Read more »

Invitation to the 2016 World Snowshoe Championships

The following letter is an invitation to mountain and trail runners interested in competing in the World Snowshoe Championships next year in Italy. Good Morning and Best Wishes to all Mountain/Trail Running Athletes, My name is Mark Elmore. I am a Past President of the World Snowshoe Federation. I would like to take this opportunity… Read more »

Vail offers a great winter challenge to trail runners

Vail, Colorado will host the FIS Alpine World Championships next month sharing the stage with its ski neighbor Beaver Creek from February 2-15, 2015, but a lesser known event is gaining momentum after a seven year legacy in this pristine winter wonderland. On Sunday, February 22, the 8th annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill will be… Read more »

Snowshoe Nationals in the Green Mountain State

This article originally appeared in the March 2014 ATRA Newsletter. By Laura Clark   While the Olympics is exciting, inspiring and fun to watch on TV, it is just that…watching.  If you are like me, I would really rather be participating than sitting on the sidelines.  And while our local Dion Snowshoe Series events do just… Read more »

7th ANNUAL VAIL MOUNTAIN WINTER UPHILL COMPETITION

(Vail, Colo) — The 7th Annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill competition will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 on Vail Mountain. The race will begin at 7 a.m. in Lionshead, adjacent to the Eagle Bahn Gondola, and take runners, skiers, snowshoers and outdoor enthusiasts approximately 2,000 vertical feet, or two miles, up the groomed trails to Eagle’s Nest at the… Read more »

Race Report: Through the Mist at Moby Dick

Story by Laura Clark – originally published in ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter – Volume 18, Number 63 – Spring 2013 Photo from runwmac.com Since it was first published in 1851, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick has come to symbolize everyman’s quest for something beyond day-to-day trivia, a reach outside the box toward a larger justification. And… Read more »