My name is Bob Young, and I am an avid winter sports enthusiast living on the south shore of Long Island, NY.
Not exactly the best place for snowshoeing, luge, and curling. But when not doing one, you can always do another somewhere in New York state. This year we were fortunate to get two decent snowfalls, and every day I was out there cutting new trails at golf courses and preserves until the snow was gone.
Snowshoeing has become a passion. I discovered Snowshoe Magazine two years ago, and now I look forward to every new edition and reference past articles for great information whenever I need some guidance.
What I love about the sport is its instant connection to the outdoors and nature. For me, it’s a natural fit. I have spent about twenty years being an environmental advocate. I’ve restored a local woodland after decades of dumping and polluting and co-led a local movement that closed and repowered a diesel sludge burning power plant.
Recently in Snowshoe Magazine, I was intrigued while reading an article about sandshoeing. We have hundreds of miles of beach here on Long Island. So I purchased a pair of Crescent Moon snowshoes for my wife and laid out plans to start sandshoeing the beach when I received an email about the WWF’s (World Wildlife Fund) 5K Fundraiser for Nature.
I thought, “Why not do the 5K on sandshoes?“ What a great way to promote snowshoeing while raising money to preserve the same nature that is the backdrop of our sport.
And so the idea was born. I reached out to Snowshoe Magazine, and they graciously agreed to help out by publishing this short piece. The 5K will take place on the west end of Jones Beach State Park, the week of June 1-7. We will be using a sand road that cuts through the dunes not to disturb any wildlife. Then, we’ll head on to the beach.
We will be posting pictures afterward of our progress. Just the other day, while scouting the route, I was fortunate to see a pair of American Oystercatchers nesting on the shoreline. I have lived on Long Island for sixty-two years and never seen one.
We hope that by doing this event, we can give snowshoers an opportunity to support a worthy cause while promoting snowshoeing to our Long Island friends. Plus, we get great workout training for this event. Our goal is a modest $5,000.
So if you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to our 5K Sandshoeing for Nature fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), please click this link:
We thank everyone in advance who wishes to help out.
Alexandria and Bob
Have you or are you participating in the WWF 5K? What are your experiences? Also, would you sandshoe the event? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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