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Originally published: 2011-12-23 12:06:51
Last modified: 2011-12-23 12:07:21

N.C. Snowshoe Championships on Beech Mountain

Beech Mountain is less than two weeks away from hosting the first North Carolina State Championship Snowshoe Race, which will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 in Beech Mountain’s Emerald Outback. All spectators are welcome to come enjoy the contests for free.

Endurance athletes from the Mid-Atlantic will come and compete to earn their spot to race in 2012 U.S National Snowshoe Championships in Frisco, Colo. The events will include a 5K race with recreational and competitive categories, a 10K competitive State Championship Race and a Kid’s Snowshoe Scramble.

Online registration is now available by clicking to http://www.prerace.com. For every participant who registers online, a donation of $1 will be made to United Stated Snowshoe Association.

Two racecourses, one 5K and one 10K, have already been established. Maps of both courses are available by clicking to http://www.beechrecreation.org. Both racecourses are arranged entirely in the Emerald Outback, Beech Mountain’s new multi-use trail system, which boasts long-range views and sprawling forests, all above a challenging 5,000 feet of elevation.

According to Brie Powell of Beech Mountain’s Buckeye Recreation Center, snowshoeing is budding as an up-and-coming sport, and the Southeast is a great place to get involved.

“Snowshoeing provides a great outlet to keep your fitness level up and get outdoors even in the inclement weather of winter,” said Powell, who encouraged anyone interested in learning more about snowshoeing to attend the championship as a way of introducing themselves to the sport.

For more information, call Brie Powell at (828) 387-3003.