Big News for North American Snowshoe Racing

The 2006/07 snowshoe season is fast approaching, and with it, some exciting news…Canada now has a National Snowshoe Championship! This a joint venture between the Mad Trapper Snowshoe Series north of Ottawa, and the Yeti Snowshoe Series in British Columbia.

Mike Caldwell of Corporate Synergy Inc. will be hosting the 2007 event at his “Ark” facility in Low, Quebec on March 4, 2007. The event will move to B.C. in 2008 when the Yeti Series (www.theyeti.ca) will take its turn hosting. The Ark lies in a snowbelt approximately 40 minutes north of Ottawa, and the 10km championship course will be carved out of the same rugged hills that the Mad Trapper races are famous for.

The USSSA has been extremely gracious in welcoming Canadian athletes at their National Championships over the years, and we hope to see many U.S. athletes competing in our Championships as well!

For more details, go to www.synergyat.ca. The 2007 Championships will have their own website at www.themadtrapper.ca, coming soon.

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About 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.