PA State Snowshoe Championships Feb. 15 At Nescopeck State Park

The ninth annual Pennsylvania State Snowshoe Championship will return to Nescopeck State Park Saturday, February 15, 2014. The event is open to everyone. Beginners are welcome with snowshoe rentals available. Proceeds benefit the Hazleton chapter of the American Red Cross. The 5K course is out and back over rolling hills, and if there is no snow, a trail run will be held. The race starts at 11 am.

The entry fee is $20 and includes a goody bag, refreshments, and a raffle with sports-related items, some valued at $150. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female participants overall, along with top male and female Master (40+), and top three individuals (both male and female) in five-year age groups starting with under 15, and up to 70+. Entry forms are on the website neparunner.com.

Snowshoeing has become the fastest growing winter sport in the United States of America. Snowshoes are easy to use, and not expensive. The sport is ideal for folks searching for a winter way to maintain their level of fitness. Snowshoe racing is popular worldwide, and the National Championship will be held March first in Bennington, Vermont. The Pennsylvania state event is a qualifier

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for the national race. Competitors from many parts of Pennsylvania, as well as the surrounding states, will be racing at Nescopeck State Park trying to make it to Vermont.

For more information on the sport, go to snowshoeracing.com.Information on the Nescopeck event is available by contacting Frank Gaval at (570)788-4219, or barb123@ptd.net.