This winter, Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort’s Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center will expand its snowshoe event offering by introducing a snowshoe social and running race series designed not only as training and competition for elite runners, but as an outdoor social gathering for anyone interested in enjoying winter in the mountains on foot. Guests of all ages, from athletes to families and friends interested in getting outside to recreate, are invited to experience the outdoors on snowshoes in this event series.Designed by Peter Fain, Atlas Snowshoe Racing team member, the 5k and 10k courses feature a rolling course that incorporates groomed and ungroomed single-track sections. Participants will find it an adventurous challenge for developing fitness and orienteering skills. Kids are invited to participate in the Kid’s Rising Star Rumble, a 500 meter-1k course on groomed and ungroomed trails.
Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women finishers in each 10k race, and product prizes will be given to the top three men and women in the 5k race. A celebration with awards, raffle and lunch will follow each event.
The social and races will be held December 19, 2009, January 24, 2010 (part of the Tahoe Rim Tour), and will culminate with the February 27, 2010 event benefitting the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation’s Queen of Hearts, a local non-profit organization where funds raised are matched by the Hewlett Foundation. The Queen of Hearts provides grants to local non-profit organizations such as Girls on the Run-Sierra and the Truckee Humane Society.
Interested participants can sign up for the series or for individual events. The cost to participate is $70 for the series, or $30 for each of the December and February events, and $45 for the January Tahoe Rim Tour event. Participation for kids ages 12 and under is $15 for each event.
Snowshoes, including running specific snowshoes, are available for rent at the Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center. For more information, or to pre-register for one or all of the event dates, visit www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com or call 1.800.GO.NORTH (466.6784).