The 2019 version of our beloved Racing Gnome Snowshoe Races was full of fresh snow fun on Sunday, February 3, 2019. That was before we were all so buried in the stuff that many are now “over it.”
Ahhh, but just a few weeks ago we were relishing in the excitement of the first of many “baby storms” coming in much bigger than forecasted. Race creator and course designer Peter Fain (Run on Dirt Coaching) scrambled to put together an even better course out of the Prosser Hill OHV staging area in Truckee, CA.
Fain’s new course featured a figure-8 for the 10k racers, while treating the 5k runners to a loop with one of his favorite climbs. It should come as no surprise, then, that Team Run on Dirt swept all four top podium spots.
“Since I had a hard effort at a 30k race in Sacramento the day before, I was completely content marking the course and then running the 5k. Didn’t want to overdo it early in the season!” said Kimble, who helped Fain set and mark the course prior to his winning 5k race.
Kimble used his the course-marking as a pre-race warm-up, but observed, “The warm-up was harder [than the race conditions] though, because I had to lay the tracks in the fresh snow the first time out!”
Donner Party Mountain Runners was delighted to host a solid crew from the November Project San Francisco. These brave souls chained up their vehicles to spend the snowy weekend in the Sierras.
All finishers were treated to newly-designed Racing Gnome mugs with steaming hot chocolate. DPMR volunteer Javier Castellar and November Project’s Melanie Colburn kept the finish line cheer going strong.
Special thanks to Alpenglow Sports for donating our club fleet of Atlas Run snowshoes – making it possible for us to introduce so many to snowshoe running each year!
We look forward to doing it again on Sunday, February 2, 2020!