"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
With the snowshoe racing season in full swing and the blogasphere a buzz with snowshoe-related chatter now seems to be as good a time as any to announce that shortly after the 2010 snowshoe racing season comes to a close an "Advisory Committee" will be assembled to begin discussing the creation of a Northeast Snowshoe Federation. [That was either the longest run on sentence you've ever read or a brilliant piece of prose. I got a "C" in freshman English in college. There's your answer.] The purpose of the NSF will be to bring together the WMAC, GSSS, and the rest of the northeast snowshoe racing community to work collaboratively to promote the sport of snowshoe racing and hold an annual Northeast Snowshoe Championship. As members of the federation all existing series and individual races would continue to function independently. The advisory committee would discuss and plan the Northeast Snowshoe Championship which would be held at a different location each year for the first 5 years. The race would be directed by the hosting series or individual race director and would attract the best field of snowshoe racers anywhere in the US...or in other words, right here in the northeast. By hosting a championship caliber event, open to the entire northeast snowshoe racing community, the NSF would be assisting in the growth and development of the sport right here at home. As this concept continues to evolve I welcome input from the entire northeast snowshoe racing community. Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas. The continued growth of this incredibly fun and challenging sport is my #1 priority.
"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