January 6th was the first snowshoe race of the season for the Beaver Creek Snowshoe Series. I love this series because it is a sweet mix of social and competitive. There are a ton of fun people that compete, including a handful of my athletes! This year I think it is going to be easiest for Justin to stay home with the kids while I go enjoy the morning. Even though I race for like 30-40 minutes, the morning goes from 9:15am when I leave until 2pm when I get home after the lunch and raffle.
Our first race went well for me. I won by over two minutes in the 5k. I run the 5k even though there is a 10k race as well. I just like the short distances and don't feel stressed about it. I want to keep these fun and enjoy racing. Competing really is a blast for me.
Some of my athletes!
Carson ran the 10k!
The awards were kinda strange this go around (I already talked to the race director to gain some understanding). I put myself in a PRO category. I am not a professional, clearly, I just picked that category since I win most of these. Well, it really meant PRO. So, I was the only runner in the 5k to do that, hence me on the podium alone :( Also, they wanted to "honor" the amateurs at this race and gave all of the amateur winners brand new snowshoes! I have totally been wanting to win some new snowshoes for 5 years and I beat the girl by a ton! All my mistake based on a dumb box check. Silly me. I am happy for my friend Amy who came in second and got the new gear!
Here are the #2-4 girls (Nikki on the right) in the Amateur category. We will all be amateurs next time :)
Boys #1-3 including one of my high school runners on the left.
You can't be mad about a day when you and your buddy go home with hardware!