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**** Fifteenth Annual 2015 U.S. National Snowshoe Championships have been awarded to Eau Claire, WI for Feb. 27th – Mar. 1st, 2015 ****




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Press Release

Sunday June 22nd, 2014

The U.S. Snowshoe Association’s 2014 National Snowshoe Championships in Bennington VT produced arguably the most talented and deepest US National Snowshoe Team ever. The US National Snowshoe Team also grew this season from 16 members to now 22 members as it now includes the top three Masters (40 yrs. of age and older) male and female finishers.

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Press Release

May 4, 2014

The United States Snowshoe Association, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has
approved the addition of the Snowshoe Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and Snowshoe Marathon (26.2 miles) events to its National Snowshoe Championship Program. The Snowshoe Half Marathon event will be added in 2015 when the U.S. National Snowshoe Championships rotate to Eau Claire, WI. The Snowshoe Marathon event will be added at a future date. According to numerous members of the U.S. Snowshoe Assoc. Board of Regional Athletic Delegates, “The growing popularity of these longer snowshoe race
events is responsible for their inclusion in the national championship program at this time.”

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Press Release

April 4, 2014

After completing another very successful 2013-2014 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 15th Annual U.S. National Snowshoe Championship program culminates in Eau Claire WI the weekend of Feb. 27th to March 1st, 2015.

Having just 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 2015.”

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In 2013 the USSSA Board of Regional Athletic Delegates (BORAD) adopted what is being popularly being called the “Schwam Rule”. This new policy allows the top three finishers in each age group from the 2014 national championships to earn automatic eligibility for the 2015 national championships in Wisconsin. This policy was first proposed by BORAD member Marcy Schwam of Massachusetts. Schwam, a world renowned ultra-marathoner and longtime snowshoe racer and advocate, proposed this rule last year and the BORAD voted to adopt it.

It is hoped this new policy will serve to deepen the fields at the annual national championships. The following list of snowshoe athletes includes, the first “national class” of athletes to benefit from the “Schwam Rule”, certainly reflects the talent and depth that competes each season at the national snowshoe championships.


Press Release

Thursday March 13th, 2014

Corinth, N.Y. – The United States Snowshoe Association, Inc. is pleased to officially announce that the Fifteenth Annual 2015 U.S. National Snowshoe Championships have been awarded to Eau Claire, WI. Ben Morgan of the Visit Eau Claire Convention & Visitors Bureau spearheaded the winning bid with assistance from Jereme Rauckman of the Chippewa Off Road Bike Association. Rauckman will serve as the local race director. The date of the event is set for February 27th to March 1st, 2015 at the Lowes Creek County Park facility. With 7.4 million winter sports enthusiasts living within a 200 mile radius of Eau Claire, WI another large turnout is expected. The 2014 National Snowshoe Championships, recently hosted near Bennington VT at the Prospect Mountain Ski Center in Woodford, VT, attracted nearly 400 registrants.

     USSSA Sports Director Mark Elmore noted, “The local organizing committee’s experiences with hosting fine snowshoe events; Powder Keg and Rumble in the Jungle events, helped seal the deal. We’re confident the 2015 National Snowshoe Championship event in Eau Claire will serve to continue the progress the Sport is enjoying.”

     As plans get underway, stay tuned to the USSSA website at for the latest details and information. The USSSA’s calendar of 2014-2015 qualifying races will be published later in 2014. For information on Eau Claire, please visit Questions may be directed to the USSSA Sports Director at 518-420-6961 or by emailing

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Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships

February 28th – March 2nd, 2014 – Woodford, Vermont

Photos of the event can be found at the three sites below

Joe Viger Photography

Northeast Race Photography

Scott Mason Photography




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by Coach Steve Ilg,  CPT/RYT/USCF

author/Total Body Transformation

7 World Championships in 5  Different  Sports


Motivated Mind, Race Mind...the Spiritual Implications of Start Lines

I wrote in THE OUTDOOR ATHLETE (Johnson Press, 1985),  "You never get a second chance at your off-season training."   I think often of that old quote during these precious racing weekends during my peak competitive time of the year; winter racing season!   If you followed my training programs - online or through my books - and you are a winter racer?   This is the FUN time, because you've already laid down all the hard efforts.  The grunt work has been done.  Now?  It's Play Time!   Time to enjoy toeing those Start Lines and cash in on all the physical work!  So now, especially with National Championships coming up?  It's more about the Mental Fitness and Focus, then it is about the physical fitness.  Now is not the time to try to increase CV or  respiratory fitness or any other variable inherent to endurance sports - all that should have been done by now.   There is one exception however,  the most important one;  Mental Fitness.

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