Racing snowshoes: what are they?

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Running snowshoes are designed for snowshoe running, with a lighter and smaller profile than traditional snowshoes. They can be ordered through outdoor providers or catalogs. Snowshoeing can be used for cross-training, and racing snowshoes are available for competition. It’s important to learn how to walk comfortably before running, and seeking out a coach or training partner is recommended.

Running snowshoes are snowshoes designed specifically for snowshoe running. The design of such shoes is lighter and smaller in profile than traditional snowshoes so that runners can move comfortably in snowshoes. Outdoor providers in regions where there is snow can carry snowshoes and can order them upon request; people can also order them directly through catalogs. One benefit of catalog ordering is that people usually have access to a wider range of brands and styles than they might in a store.

There are a number of reasons why people might engage in snowshoeing. Some athletes use it for cross training. Runners who live in cold areas may want to run outdoors in the winter, and slightly different muscles can be used for snowshoe running, which will make an athlete stronger and fitter. Some people just enjoy running in the snow, others may like the challenge of snowshoeing, and some may use snowshoes to hike and move through the snow, with no particular athletic goals in mind.

Numerous companies produce racing snowshoes, often working with very sophisticated materials that are chosen for their resistance and lightness. People can choose from a variety of bindings for their racing snowshoes, and it’s also possible to buy cleats for good grip. It is advisable to bring along sneakers that will be worn with the snowshoes when trying them on, to confirm that the snowshoes are working properly.

For people interested in competing as snowshoe runners, it is important to consult the racing regulations. Some meets have minimum or maximum size requirements, as well as other restrictions, and it’s a good idea to wear snowshoes for training similar to those worn for racing. Some manufacturers may specify whether or not certain models comply with regulations.

The learning curve for snowshoeing is relatively short, but it’s important to learn how to walk comfortably on snowshoes before running. Individuals who want instruction in walking and running can seek out a coach who can help them begin or get involved in a more sustained training relationship. Some snowshoe runners also like to seek out other runners to train with for motivation and companionship. This may also be advisable from a safety perspective, as it’s generally safer to race with a friend.

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