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The US Snowshoe Association is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 WSSF World Junior Snowshoe Championships (athletes do not turn 20 yrs. of age in 2018) competition recently presented in the Picos de Europa Mountains National Park at Fuente De’ in Cantabria Spain. Covering a very tough 5km course, at over 6000’ altitude, our Junior Team set the tempo for their Senior teammates by running to exceptional performances across the board!

     Pictured above, Soleil Gaylord of Telluride CO, ran away from the entire Junior field, the boys and girls, just as she did in 2016 to claim her first Junior World Championship title in Saranac Lake, NY, to defend her World Championship title. She crossed the line in a quick 35:46. She pulled her 2017 US Junior National Snowshoe Team teammate, Annika Rogers of ME, to a podium position as well in 51:47. Teamed with Paul Smiths College standout Margret Montag (1:01.00), the trio claimed the Junior Women’s Team Gold.  Only Italian Esther Molinari could break up the US team. She claimed another Silver, as she did in 2017 in NY, in 43:39.

     In the Junior Men’s competition, unheralded William Adam Griffiths of Great Britain claimed his first major snowshoe title in 38:33. He led two Spaniards, Alvaro Escandon Arenas to the Silver in 42:01 and Alberto Sanchez Garcia the Bronze in 47:18. US athlete and Paul Smiths College student Michael Wert finished in a fine 4th place overall in 49:48.

     In all, Team USA claimed 11 Golds, 8 Silvers and 5 Bronze medals. As the 2019 WSSF World Snowshoe Championships head to the La Ciaspolada in Italy next season, our US teams will need to be ready as this is the most competitive of major snowshoe events in the World!


Pictured above, Michelle Hummel, of Albuquerque NM, a member of the 2017 US National Snowshoe Team, improved on her 3rd place finish at the 2017 Worlds in Saranac Lake NY by claiming her first WSSF World Championship title outpacing the 2017 champion, Ragna Debats of the Netherlands, by more than 4 minutes and leading a US Women’s Team including Sarah Keyes of Saranac Lake, NY and Myra Klettke of Lake Oswego, OR to their second consecutive Women's Team Gold!   

     In the Men’s competition, Joseph Gray, the defending 2017 WSSF Men’s World Snowshoe Champion,  outran all contenders except Stephane Ricard of Gap France. Ricard, now a three time World Snowshoe Champion, was the only athlete in a deep and talented field who could outrun Gray on this day.  Gray earned the  

medal  to lead the US Men’s Team to a Sillver Medal finish behind the host Spaniards and just 11 seconds ahead of the French team. Matt Medeiros of Saranac, NY and Kent Gaylord of Telluride, CO comprised that US Men’s Team.

     Additional US athletes had podium finishes throughout the age group competition:

Myra Klettke of OR claimed the World Masters Championship Runner-Up (Silver) position in a fine 1:18.23.

Tina-Marie Poulin of NY claimed Bronze in the 40-49 division in 1:20.27.

Cathy Pedtke, a Paul Smiths College alum earned her first intl medal, taking a Silver in the 20-29 in 1:25.18.

Cecilia Walker of FL claimed the Bronze in the 50-59 group with a fine 1:24.54.

Patricia Driscoll of VT took the Gold in the 60-69 age group in 1:50.37.

Tessa White (Paul Smiths College), Johanna Rogers (ME), MJ Kiggins (NY) and Michelle Czlapinski (WI) all competed and placed well in their respective age groups.

     In the Men’s competition:

Kent Gaylord of CO took the Bronze in the 50-59 age group in 1:01.47.

Stephen Clark of WI earned the Gold in the 60-69 group in 1:07.27, while….

Daniel Edelstein of Saranac Lake, NY took the Silver in the same age group with a 1:11.59.

Allan Bates of MA led a USA sweep of the Men’s 70-79 age group; He claimed the Gold in 1:21.09 while teammate James Miner of NY took the Silver in 1:29.38 and Jim Graupner of MN the Bronze in 1:40.47.

Other team members who performed well were; Jeremy Drowne (NY), Mark Rickman (CO), Robert Calamia, Matt Frye, Quinn Jordan , Isaac Leach and Jim Neary—ALL of Paul Smiths College, and Russ Gillette of OR.

     It was, by far, the most competitive group of US snowshoe athletes to compete in a major international event claiming; 7 Gold Medals, 8 Silver Medals, and 4 Bronze Medals in Senior (20+ yrs. of age) competition.  The WSSF announced that the 2019 WSSF World Snowshoe Championships will return to the La Ciaspolada Snowshoe Race in the beautiful Val di Non  in northeastern Italy the weekend of January 4th-6th, 2019. The USSSA expects to field another very strong team there! Contact the USSSA’s National Snowshoe Team Director if you are interested in attending that event as part of TEAM USA!  THANK YOU to our US National Snowshoe Team Sponsors





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Saturday April 7th, 2018

Corinth, N.Y. - After completing another very successful 2018 US Snowshoe Association national  snowshoe racing season, the USSSA is pleased to announce that Bob and Denise Dion of Dion Snowshoes of Bennington Vermont will be serving as the title sponsor again next season when the 19th Annual U.S. National Snowshoe Championship program culminates in Cable WI at the Lakewoods Resort the weekend of March 8th-10th, 2019. Having served as the National Snowshoe Championship’s title sponsor since 2011, the USSSA is pleased to welcome the Dion’s back for another season. The Dion’s noted, “We are pleased to have partnered with the USSSA in supporting the Sport these past few years and seeing the growth and excitement increase each year. We are looking forward to another exciting season in 2019.”

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Sunday March 18th, 2018

Corinth, NY -    The U.S. Snowshoe Association is pleased to announce the members of the new 2018 United States National Snowshoe Teams. These teams were determined by the athletes’ performances at last weekend’s amazing 2018 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships in Woodford VT at the Prospect Mountain Nordic Cen- ter. These athletes represent ten different U.S. states; CO, NY, MA, NH, WI, MN, PA, NM, VT, and ME.

 2018 U.S. National Snowshoe Teams

 Junior Team (Under 20 yrs. of age):








1. Jeremiah Vaille


Dillon, CO


1. Violet Sullivan         Brentwood NH


2. Andrew LePage


Morrisonviile, NY


2. Kaylee Kornowski    Green Bay, WI


3. Owen Brandriss


Williamstown, MA


3. Lilliana Wells           Williamstown, MA


 Senior Teams (20+ yrs. of age):

1. Eric Hartmark

Duluth, MN


1. Michelle Hummel

Albuquerque, NM


2. Jeffrey Quednow

Ogema, WI


2. Emily Renner

Westminster, CO


3. Matt Lipsey

Harrisburg, PA


3. Sarah Canney

Farmington, NH


4. Chris O’Sullivan

Havertown, PA


4. Amber Ferreira

Concord, NH


5. Zach Miller

Manitou Spr., CO


5. Jamie Woolsey

Oneida, NY


 Masters Teams (40+ yrs. of age):

1. Ben Nephew

Westborough, MA


1. Jennifer Van Dongen

Bar Harbor, ME


2. Eric Sambolec

Ithaca, NY


2. Nicole Finstad

Birchwood, WI


3. Tim Van Orden

Bennington, VT


3. Leslie O’Dell

Albany, NH



Text Box: 2018 US Half Marathon
National Champion - 
Zach Miller of CO

2018 US Half Marathon

National Champion -

Zach Miller of CO

2018 US Half Marathon

National Champion -

Kelsey Allen of MA


Women’s & Men’s Snowshoe Half Marathon National Championships  -

1. Kelsey Allen                   MA               1:49.19             1. Zach Miller                    CO                1:36.06

2. Jessica Northan             NY         2:16.22 2. Jeffrey Quednow WI 1:45.13

3. Lauren Soutiea MA 2:19.57 3. Matt Westerlund NY 1:47.15

NOTE: Due to excessive snow conditions, the 2018 athletes covered a slightly modified 20km race course.

Women’s & Men’s  Snowshoe Marathon National Championships -

1. Amy Rusiecki MA 4:24.53 1. Brian Rusiecki MA 3:35.04

2. Melissa Ossanna ME 5:24.40 2. Robert Bolton NY 3:50.30

3. Greg Soutiea MA 3:53.28

NOTE: Due to excessive snow concerns, the 2018 athletes covered a slightly modified 40km race course

2018 Women’s & Men’s USSSA U.S. National Snowshoe Individual Champions:

Junior B (14 & Under) - Kea Rutherford—NY N/A

Junior A (15-19) -   Violet Sullivan - NH Jeremiah Vaille - CO

Seniors - Michelle Hummel - NM Eric Hartmark - MN

Half Marathon - Kelsey Allen - MA Zach Miller—CO

Marathon - Amy Rusiecki - MA Brian Rusiecki - MA



Site of the

2019 US National Snowshoe Championships


Lakewoods Resort in Cable, WI

March 8-10, 2019



2018 World Snowshoe Championships in Spain


Mundial de Raquetas de Nieve - Picos de Europa - Espana 2018












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