Edgar Snowshoes Races A Hit, Racers Compete in 5k Competition

By: Al Knox - Email
By: Al Knox - Email

It’s an annual event that brings some of the most competitive outdoor enthusiasts to one spot, all to claim the name as the "fastest person on snowshoes."

It’s the 4th annual Scotch Creek Woodland Waddle 5k Snowshoe Race in Edgar. Like years before, it's been drawing more and more participants.

We’ve all heard it before, 5k, 10k or even longer races. But what about a 5k race on snowshoes in freezing temperatures? That seems just crazy, but it's exactly what people in Edgar were doing Sunday morning.

The race brings in some of the best snowshoers in central Wisconsin. Participants race on a mix of groomed trails and up hill single track trails. The race starts right outside of Edgar High School, and takes races on a 5 kilometer loop, one that is sure to wear out even the most experienced snowshoers.

All the money the race brings in goes to help keep snowshoeing alive in the Edgar area.

Race Director, Mark Stankowski, says the race is meant to help support the trail systems in Marathon County.

"I belong to a group called EATS, Edgar Area Trail Supporters, and we were looking for a way to promote the trails and the sport of snowshoeing. that’s where we came up with the idea for the snowshoe race, and it has been great."

And help they did, Sunday’s race brought 75 people out. Each person had to pay a 15 or 20 dollar registration fee, depending on whether they paid early or not. That’s all money that will go to help keep the trails system well maintained throughout the winter months.

The races will continue on next year, and those in charge hope the numbers they had this year will be surpassed or nearly doubled.

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