"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
Strafford, NEW HAMPSHIRE--Has anyone seen this snowshoer? This is probably one of my favorite pics of ole "Crash Graham" himself. He was a great 'shoer back in the day. Snot'sicles and spit'acles frozen to his grey muzzle he personifies what it means to RACE acidotic. The weekly Northeast Snowshoe Rankings are finally updated. I was waiting for the Smugg's results to be posted, but really didn't want to wait too much longer. With the Wolfe and Dunham snowshoe rankings now a weekly thing I didn't want to be the last guy at the party. I decided to stick with the average of the best three performances because of the postponement of our Exeter Snowshoe Hullabaloo. With Geoff's win in VT on Sunday (and 3rd race this winter) he immediately shot toward the top of the rankings. On the women's side the Top 5 look pretty much the same. Carolyn Stocker (WMAC) secured her spot in the Top 3 with a late kick at Northfield Mountain to best previously unbeaten Amber Cullen (acidotic RACING).New to the women's Top 10 this week is Ashley Krause (WMAC). As of tonight, Sunday's Frosty's Dash For a Cure is a trail race. Because the event is a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, if the race is held as a trail race the GSSS RD's have decided to award 50% of the available individual points. Team points will also be available at the same 50% adjustment. The series will also lower it's "best of" from five races to four. Frosty's may count toward one of those four races. We realize that there's a difference between trail and snowshoe racing but in the end...raising money for a good cause is pretty important. That said, the latest forecast for Atkinson is snow all day Wednesday into Thursday morning. Stay tuned to this blog for the latest on the status of the race. My brother lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I think I'll see if he's interested in hosting a snowshoe race...or five!
"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