White Winter Race in the Green Mountain State

Peak National Snowshoe Championship coming to Vermont.

PeakSnowshoeRace-logoThe same people who bring the grueling Death Race to the woods of Vermont every summer are hosting the upcoming 2014 Peak National Snowshoe Championship, reportedly the largest snowshoe race in America. The course, near Pittsfield, VT, is certainly one of the most challenging.  Use of poles is optional.

There are four distances for different levels and abilities: the 100 Mile Race; the Snowshoe Marathon; a Half-Marathon;,and a 10-K Race. The 100-mile race begins Friday, February 28 at 8 a.m. and has a 34-hour cutoff.  The other races all begin on Saturday, March 1 at 8 a.m.  Fees to enter range from $70 for the 10K to $240 for the 100-miler. Registration is open until race day.

“Snowshoeing in the Green Mountains of Pittsfield is no stroll in the park,” said Peak Races co-founder Andy Weinberg.  “We can’t control the weather or the conditions but we can promise all competitors a rugged course, challenging competition and great camaraderie from snowshoe racers of all abilities from all around the world.”

Racers in 2013. Photo: Courtney Desena, courtesy Peak Races.
Racers in 2013. Photo: Courtney De Sena, courtesy Peak Races.

Last year, at the Peak National Snowshoe Championship Marathon, 245 racers completed the marathon with the winner finishing in a remarkable 4 hours 30 minutes.  This year, with an expanded field and more world-class racers scheduled to compete, a new record is expected.

The course, a rugged 6.5 mile loop in the Green Mountains of Vermont, challenges racers with each loop offering a 1,200-foot vertical climb. Competitors have until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 1 to finish the race before the course closes. No exceptions. The rules, say the organizers, are simple: don’t cut the course and don’t litter.