It’s a lot like running, but it’s nothing like it at all
Snowshoe racing can be a good way to test conditioning and race fitness during the winter and is the fastest growing winter sport in North America.
While snowshoe racing can be a cold-weather thrill for endorphin junkies seeking a mid-winter fix, it’s not easy. Similar to racing on undulating dirt trails , snowshoe racers typically experience high heart rate spikes at slower speeds, which means a higher cardiovascular benefit with less muscular fatigue and breakdown. Even if you avoid starting out too fast, you’ll still find yourself teetering toward the red line.
Running on snowshoes requires a higher leg lift and a wider gait stance than typical running, which, combined with soft, sometimes unstable surfaces, engages more stabilizing muscle groups around the hips and core than road running.
Dave Robinson, volunteer with Snow Shoe Canada and avid snowshoe racer joins me now.
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