We didn’t plan it that way, but it turned into one of those fabulous family events where I couldn’t put my camera away.
DPMR member Ben let me know that his teen daughter would be joining us. Then, the night before, I heard that Ryan and Amber were planning to join with their little one.
Fleeting thoughts of “mandatory family fun” solidified into a master plan. I would hang out on the family side with our two kids and send my husband Javier with the running group.
Oddly, noone protested. (Perhaps a side-effect of my plan to keep winter weekends slightly under-scheduled.) I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but it never did!
Coach Peter planned the snowshoe run starting from Van Norden at Donner Summit to explore part of the Castle Peak 100k course. We stayed all together for the first 15 minutes, and the kids enjoyed testing out their run-on-snow legs. Everyone was outfitted with Atlas Run snowshoes from the DPMR loaner fleet thanks to Alpenglow Sports.
The family group split from the runners and we stayed on the flats of Van Norden, which exuded a feeling of frozen tundra. The kids impressively lasted a full 90 minutes – perfectly timed with the return of the runners!
Next up: The Racing Gnome 5k & 10k snowshoe races. Another super-fun club event, we host it up at Auburn Ski Club, so there is a lodge right at the race start/finish. This is an excellent event for families to spectate. Click here to register for the Racing Gnome on Sunday, February 4, 2018.