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**** 382 Athletes from 22 states and 8 Foreign Countries competed in The Dion 2014 National Snowshoe Championships Feb. 28th – Mar. 2nd, 2014 * This was the 14th Annual US National Snowshoe Championship and was held at Prospect Mountain Ski Center in Woodford, VT ** See the link below for the results ****

 

 

World Snowshoe

Championship Race

Rattvik Sweden:  A small squad of U.S snowshoe athletes traveled to Sweden to compete in the 2014 ISSF World Snowshoe Championships presented by Atlas Snowshoes at the Siljan Snowshoe Festival.  Nearly two hundred athletes from; Sweden, France, Italy, Catalonia, the U.S., Canada, Japan, Germany, Norway, Russia, Great Britain and Iceland participated. The competition was very spirited.  In the men’s 9km race, Stephane Ricard of France earned his first world championship title in his third attempt following 3rd place and 2nd place finishes in respective 2012 and 2013 championships. Filippo Barizza of Italy took the silver medal and Just Ascensio Sociats of Catalonia the bronze.  U.S. national snowshoe team member Eric    Hartmark of Minnesota earned a trip to the podium with his fine 7th place finish.  A former U.S. Men’s  National Snowshoe Champion (2011), Hartmark has made the podium in two of the past three World Championships.  Also competing for the United States, 2011 U.S. National Snowshoe Team member      

Michael Reneau of Minnesota finished 16th in his first World SnowshoeChampionship. Colorado’s Mark Rickman ran to a fine 14th place showing in the very deep Men’s Masters field.

     Isabella Morlini of Italy defended her 2013 title by outpacing a stellar ladies field to claim her second World Snowshoe title.  Petra Kindlund of Sweden represented her homeland well by claiming the runner-up position, while Mavi Gil Rafart of Team Catalonia claimed third. Carolyn Stocker of Massachusetts, in her international competition debut placed 13th. Marcy Schwam, also of MA, took  an 11th place finish in the Women’s Masters category.  Former women’s marathon world record holder, Ingrid Kristiansen      competed  with Team Norway and made the podium in the Women’s Masters division with a fine run!                                         

 

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The United States Snowshoe Association, Inc. wishes to acknowledge the fine performances turned in last weekend in Quebec City Canada by several USSSA member/athletes at the debut of the International Triathlon Union's new winter triathlon format. Hosted by the same event team that presents the annual Penthalon Des Neige even during the Quebec City Winter Carnival, the new 5km snowshoe- 12km Speed Skate- 8km Nordic Ski competition brought together athletes from around the world and across several different athletic disciplines.

Among the athletes from Canada, the USA, Finland, Brasil, France, Russia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia were Olympic biathletes, Olympic speed skaters, world class snowshoers and cross country skiers. This new winter triathlon format features three sports dedicated to snow and ice.

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In 2013 the USSSA Board of Regional Athletic Delegates (BORAD) adopted what is being popularly being called the “Schwam Rule”. This new policy allows the top three finishers in each age group from the 2014 national championships to earn automatic eligibility for the 2015 national championships in Wisconsin. This policy was first proposed by BORAD member Marcy Schwam of Massachusetts. Schwam, a world renowned ultra-marathoner and longtime snowshoe racer and advocate, proposed this rule last year and the BORAD voted to adopt it.

It is hoped this new policy will serve to deepen the fields at the annual national championships. The following list of snowshoe athletes includes, the first “national class” of athletes to benefit from the “Schwam Rule”, certainly reflects the talent and depth that competes each season at the national snowshoe championships.

 

Press Release

Thursday March 13th, 2014

Corinth, N.Y. – The United States Snowshoe Association, Inc. is pleased to officially announce that the Fifteenth Annual 2015 U.S. National Snowshoe Championships have been awarded to Eau Claire, WI. Ben Morgan of the Visit Eau Claire Convention & Visitors Bureau spearheaded the winning bid with assistance from Jereme Rauckman of the Chippewa Off Road Bike Association. Rauckman will serve as the local race director. The date of the event is set for February 27th to March 1st, 2015 at the Lowes Creek County Park facility. With 7.4 million winter sports enthusiasts living within a 200 mile radius of Eau Claire, WI another large turnout is expected. The 2014 National Snowshoe Championships, recently hosted near Bennington VT at the Prospect Mountain Ski Center in Woodford, VT, attracted nearly 400 registrants.

     USSSA Sports Director Mark Elmore noted, “The local organizing committee’s experiences with hosting fine snowshoe events; Powder Keg and Rumble in the Jungle events, helped seal the deal. We’re confident the 2015 National Snowshoe Championship event in Eau Claire will serve to continue the progress the Sport is enjoying.”

     As plans get underway, stay tuned to the USSSA website at www.snowshoeracing.com for the latest details and information. The USSSA’s calendar of 2014-2015 qualifying races will be published later in 2014. For information on Eau Claire, please visit www.visiteauclaire.com. Questions may be directed to the USSSA Sports Director at 518-420-6961 or by emailing usssasnowshoeguy@gmail.com.

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Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships

February 28th – March 2nd, 2014 – Woodford, Vermont

Photos of the event can be found at the three sites below

Joe Viger Photography

Northeast Race Photography

Scott Mason Photography

 

Keep checking back over the next few days for more information

Men's Race

Women's Race

 

 

 

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by Coach Steve Ilg,  CPT/RYT/USCF

author/Total Body Transformation

7 World Championships in 5  Different  Sports

RUNNING ON WATER:   EDITION NUMBER 24



Motivated Mind, Race Mind...the Spiritual Implications of Start Lines

I wrote in THE OUTDOOR ATHLETE (Johnson Press, 1985),  "You never get a second chance at your off-season training."   I think often of that old quote during these precious racing weekends during my peak competitive time of the year; winter racing season!   If you followed my training programs - online or through my books - and you are a winter racer?   This is the FUN time, because you've already laid down all the hard efforts.  The grunt work has been done.  Now?  It's Play Time!   Time to enjoy toeing those Start Lines and cash in on all the physical work!  So now, especially with National Championships coming up?  It's more about the Mental Fitness and Focus, then it is about the physical fitness.  Now is not the time to try to increase CV or  respiratory fitness or any other variable inherent to endurance sports - all that should have been done by now.   There is one exception however,  the most important one;  Mental Fitness.

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