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South Dakota’s USSSA DION Qualifier: Snow but Snowshoe Shortage

South Dakota’s USSSA DION Qualifier: Snow but Snowshoe Shortage

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Published by Phillip Gary Smith
Snowshoe racing as a Qualifier for the USSSA in the Black Hills of South Dakota; what a concept! Looks like a beautiful location for a national championship race at some point, too. Read this account of how it came together with the help of DION snowshoes, the title sponsor of the United States Snowshoe Association.
Snowshoe racing as a Qualifier for the USSSA in the Black Hills of South Dakota; what a concept! Looks like a beautiful location for a national championship race at some point, too. Read this account of how it came together with the help of DION snowshoes, the title sponsor of the United States Snowshoe Association.

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Published by: Phillip Gary Smith on May 02, 2013
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South Dakota’s USSSA DION Qualifier: Snow but Snowshoe ShortageWhat do race directors do when the demand for loaner snowshoesoverwhelms supply and more are needed PDQ? Get ‘em, just what the ever- popular snowshoer, Robert Bolton, did on the spur of the moment.Generously, DION Snowshoes lent the race a big supply but as snowshoeinggains momentum in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the availability wasway short. So to the rescue comes Dana Garry, the Trails Manager for theBlack Hills Trail Office for the state with another boat load—or should it besled full?—of snowshoes for the unshod.This event in its sophmore edition continues growth with additionalmanagement (meaning work) provided by the Black Hills Runners Club andPresident, Emily Schulz-Wheeler . . . and a slight advantage their metropolitan neighbors in Minnesota don’t have: snow.Bolton ordered up perfect conditions for the Black Hills: 30° F, “and we got bright sunshine and windy.” The layout for the 5 km and 10 km events are both out and back.Racing away with the overall victory, Ryan Phillips crossed in a resounding43:10. “Fun race,” he noted. “Thanks to Bob for introducing many of us tothis great sport . . . I'm hooked.” Phillips is a definite powerhouse, a former cross country star at Dakota State University before graduating in 1993. The10 km distances are a kind of fun for him now as he is wrapped in the bigultra trail distances like the Black Hills 100 mile where he directs the event.The Black Hills 100, with its challenging climbs and summer temperatures,forces competitors to come to grips with the challenge . . . or drop. The raceis recognized as one of the only five in the country to be included in theGnarly Bandit Ultra Trail Series. His work is as a media product specialistfor Technology & Innovations in Education, Rapid City. Early buzz is hemay challenge at the USSSA DION Snowshoe Nationals March 15-17,2013, Bend OR.The real race was behind him as Nathan More, Chisdim McDonald andBrennen Javorsky battled for the remaining two medal slots; at the flag, theorder of finish remained like the above. T. J. Loftus nailed a sub-60 minutefinish.

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