"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." -Teddy Roosevelt
This must have been what Jim Fixx felt in the early 80's. While I'll never be credited with creating snowshoe racing in New Hampshire, I am poised to reap the reward of the next winter sport revolution. To my utter delight as I thumbed through the latest edition of Runners World (back to front...I know, it's a quirky habit) there before me was an article about of all things...SNOWSHOE RACING! Imagine that, snowshoe racing in a running magazine. Runners snowshoe?! Who would have thought. You can feel this thing slowly building momentum. I personally know at least 10 people that will race on snowshoes for the first time this winter. And these are just my teammates. Although I haven't looked at the numbers in about a year, the last time I checked retail sales of snowshoes are up some staggering % over the previous reporting period. All of this is very exciting to a snowshoe race director. We're anticipating at least a 20% growth in our race participation in just our second year. Articles like the one in Runners World only stand to help the cause. Now, if global warming will just hold off another 100 years.
"Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction." - William James