Would You Like That on Sourdough? - Page 3The Future
So, where does ultra ’shoeing go from here?
Sobal is optimistic: “I think there are likely more people that would be interested in doing longer snowshoe races now than when I was into it. With the greater interest in more extreme-type sports, like ultras and trail running, it seems like there will be increased interest in longer snowshoeing as well.”
Kevin Lund, 53, who remembers snowshoeing in the Rockies as a young child and boasts an adventure resume including peak summits on three continents, surviving a hijacking in Africa and successfully recovering from a broken neck (the gravitation of mentally tough people to snowshoeing is no coincidence), began organizing the Sourdough partly because the Turquoise Lake 20-Miler ended. He envisions a Colorado series of 20-miler-ish snowshoe races each year in Nederland, Winter Park and Breckenridge.
Would the races be big and glitzy, with microphones, “Eye of the Tiger,” lots of compression sleeves and on-site Strava transmitters? Probably not. “I like the fact that this race is free,” says Lund. “Right now, the race is fun for all. The loop on the 30K is perfect. It runs through the trees, has downhills, sidehills, turns and hard climbs.”
The Finish Line
My own experience at Sourdough was excellent. Strong competition generated a great workout and a close race. My legs burned on the climbs and thanked me on the cushioned descents. A constantly changing view of lodgepole forests, grassy meadows and steep drainages helped numb the pain.
Out there on the course, I reminisced. I thought of chasing Sobal as a teenager in the 20-miler, Off-Track Off-Beat (another Sobal race, in which snowshoers ran next to a track that had been set, plowing a new trail over the entire course), and other classics. I thought of my dad, out there behind me—literally and figuratively—in this and just about everything else I do, and about how snowshoeing and running together have provided a unique and solid foundation for our relationship.
I thought about a gorgeous, sunny winter day and the beauty of the Sourdough Trail in the Rocky Mountains. I thought about the fact that I love snowshoeing and think everyone should do it. I thought, most of all, about the race director, volunteers and athletes, who were all out there for fun, nature and camaraderie, with utter disregard for how their mile splits would look on social media. Sobal was right—winning this race had nothing to do with finishing first.
Though Vitargo S2/Hoka One One athlete and endurance coach Travis Macy is on Strava, it is notably absent during his dreams about a 20-Miler against Middaugh and Sobal in their primes. Find him on Twitter at @TravisMacy.
For information on the Sourdough Snowshoe Race, visit http://sourdoughsnowshoerac.wix.com/sourdough-snowshoe-race.