A Real Winter….Next Year!

Snowshoe season is nearing an end. We’ve wrapped up our racing, except for the U.S. Snowshoe Championships, which are next weekend in Vermont. The latter half of 2005 was injury-plagued for Derrick and me, but we are progressing back to racing shape – good timing to enjoy this last big race of the season.

Except for two snowstorms – one in December, and one in February, we had very little significant snowfall this winter where we live, and what we did get melted quickly in the warm temps. It is fortunate that we were able to drive a few hours north, to the Mad Trapper races in Quebec, or south to New York State, to enjoy the much better conditions there.

Our dogs have also lamented the lack of snow. We were only able to take them out dogsledding three times all winter! On an optimistic note for next year though…we recently added a two year old female Alaskan Husky named Jesse to the “team”.

So, here’s hoping for more snow and better health next winter! In the meantime, we plan to have a fun time in Vermont, then look forward to some good muddy spring trail running!


About the author

Sara Montgomery and Derrick Spafford

Derrick and Sara are trail runners from Eastern Ontario who discovered that running on snowshoes in the winter months is a great way to enjoy their favorite trails year-round. They competed in their first snowshoe series (The Mad Trapper Series in Low, Quebec) in 2005, each finishing 2nd in their respective divisions. Plans for 2006 are to return to the Mad Trapper, to take in some races in New York and Vermont, and hopefully cap their season with the U.S. Snowshoe Championships in March, as Canadian guests. Derrick runs a company, Spafford Health and Adventure (http://www.healthandadventure.com), which specializes in coaching and event promotion. He is currently planning an annual snowshoe race to be held in the Kingston area, starting this winter.