Information about USSSA

What is the U.S.S.S.A?
The United States Snowshoe Association is devoted to promoting outdoor winter safety in conjunction with recreational snowshoeing. The USSSA also serves as the lead governing body for the sport of Snowshoe Racing in the USA.


How to contact the U.S.S.S.A.?

The USSSA is governed on a bi-level basis. The USSSA Board of Directors serve an advisory function within the USSSA. Their charge is to consider issues relating to all aspects of snowshoeing as described in the purposes of the USSSA Charter. The USSSA Officers are responsible for carrying out the directions of the Board of Directors on a day to day basis

When the USSSA Regionalized in 2001, representatives from each region were elected by the snowshoe racers within their regions. These USSSA Board of Regional Area Representatives (BORAD) can cast one vote on issues regarding the present national snowshoe racing circuit.

USSSA Officers
            These people are responsible for carrying out the policies of
the Board of Directors on a day-to-day basis.
Candice Boswith: Executive Director and Membership Chairperson
Mark Elmore: Sports Director
 In charge of issues regarding various aspects of national snowshoe racing.
Mark has been an active Snowshoe athlete and event director since 1989. He is a certified USSSA Nordic Sprint Official and works for the City of Raleigh N.C. Parks & Recreation Dept. as the Facility Manager of the Lake Johnson Waterfront Program Center & Park. He sits on the Exexcutive Committee of the Federation de Raquette a Neige (FIRAN).. He serves the USSSA as the Sport Director. Mark has hosted such events as the North American Snowshoe Classic and the Inaugural 2001 U.S. National Snowshoe Championships. Mark also founded and directed the Beekmantown 'Snowshoe' Eagles Club, which won the International Snowshoe Championships in 1998, 1999, and 2000. He has served as a Track and Field Coach for nearly 25 years to athletes of all ages, including Olympic medalists and former World Record Holders. His email address is

Phillip Gary-Smith: USSSA's Senior Correspondent

Phillip Gary Smith lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. HARMONIZING: Keys to Living in the Song of Life, his second book, is released. His first book, a true story of the ultra distance Superior Trail Races, is Ultra Superior. He is involved with three book projects, one with co-author, Brad Canham, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, on snowshoeing.
He has retired as a Founding Board Member of the Upper Midwest Trail Runners where he created two trail race series, two championship events, and co-created the second largest snowshoe race series in the country.
He has been an investment professional for 35 years with Feltl and Company, Minneapolis. He and his wife enjoy one daughter in law school and a daughter and her husband who corporate careers in the twin cities.
Phillip is:
Senior Editor, Snowshoe Magazine
Media Matters, Columnist, Radioactive Drag Racing News
Harmonizing Trails Columnist, MWE (Midwest Events) Magazine
Correspondent, Ultra Running Magazine
Stephen Cobb: Website Manager
Steve got involved with snowshoe racing while attending Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack Mountains of New York in the late 1990s. He has been involved with both Boy and Girl Scouts where he has been able to share his love of all things outdoors for many years.  Steve has brought his talents in website design and management (his other love) to the USSSA and ESSRA. Steve is currently converting a school bus into an RV so he and his wife can travel around the country. He can be reached at