It was a pleasure to get back into snowshoe racing and have an opportunity to compete at the 2018 World Championships in Snowshoeing in Picos de Europa, Spain. The last time that I competed in the sport was at the World Championships in Quebec in 2012 where I placed 9th overall for a woman. It has been 6 years since my last race so was happy to come in 12th overall for a woman and to receive age-group Gold.
The course and region was beautiful and far more mountainous than what I was expecting. I also never thought to check the altitude before the race either. It turns out that Picos de Europa has an elevation of 8,690 feet! But even if I had known the elevation prior to the race, it really wouldn't have changed anything in determining if it was a race that I wanted to compete at. As an athlete who lives and trains in NYC at sea level, pretty much any race that I do is going to be at a higher altitude!!
Snowshoe racing is definitely a niche sport but the USA had a great representation at this years World Championships and we cleaned house in the medal count! We were not even entirely sure if the bus was going to make it back up the mountains because we were carrying around so much extra weight from collecting so many medals.
November 10, 2015
Very thankful to receive an automatic nomination by USATF (Mountain, Ultra, Trail division) for 2015 Runner of the Year in the Road Ultra category. Last year I received two nominations - Mountain and Road Ultra but am glad to have at least one this year!
November 6, 2015