The first race of the World Snow Shoe Invite was very unique and new to the world of snow shoe racing. The host country, Japan put together a short course featuring flags every 100 hundred meters totaling 400 meters. The course was pretty technical. The first 100 meters was comparable to running straight down and up a halfpipe then you get a flat section followed by a slight downgrade with the last 100 meters trekking uphill on a narrow path. The race was not just a 400 meter sprint. NO sir. This is where it got interesting.
|Race Information Packet|
|I've grown to really love Japanese food as you can see. Pictured here with David L.P. of Quebec|
Little did I know some of the other runners in the race had people on course who would hand them water so I carried extra weight for nothing. It was Canada and America up front and we exchanged the lead over the next few kilometers. The snow was literally so deep that you could not make a move. Neither of us could break away and I could sense we both were just waiting for the finish area where we would have another sprint finish as we did in the 400 Championship.
|All you can eat sushi and sashimi the night before the race|
|Receiving award after winning sprint championship|
|The good stuff|
|A gift from a local. Green tea & Yatsuhashi|
|Local Myoko Kogen brew!|
|Heading back to the USA|
|This is maybe one thing I won't miss too much|