Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race is turning 20
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Ann Hopkinson never imagined the tiny snowshoe race she and Fletcher Anderson founded in 1991 would still be around in 2011.
But the Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race is still around, and it’s thriving.
Year after year, endurance athletes flock to the December race, which is staged on the Babbish Gulch cross country trails at Sunlight Mountain Resort. The eight-kilometer race turns 20 with Sunday’s 10 a.m. running.
“We started it when snowshoe racing was just beginning,” said Hopkinson, who managed the trails at the time. “We just thought it’d be a great place for the course. It was a good time of year. It was just a nice way to start out the season and get more exposure for the trails up there, which are really neat trails.”
Hopkinson and Anderson gave it the Day of Infamy name because the race’s date fell near Pearl Harbor Day.
“The date just happened to be right around Pearl Harbor Day,” Hopkinson said, “so we decided to name it that. … Fletcher was really interested in war history.”
Anderson, an avid outdoorsman, died in a 2005 plane crash.
Hopkinson no longer has a hand in the race’s organization. Dorothy Howard long ago took over those duties.
“I’ve been involved with it for 18 years,” said Howard, who coordinated a marketing blitz that grew the race’s popularity. “It just exploded. I had 60 racers the first year, then 80, then 100. Now we have 150 racers.”
Local animal shelters have benefited greatly from Howard’s efforts. Proceeds go to Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.) and various other local shelters.
And, while the race is about helping the valley’s furry friends, race day is also about the humans.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Howard said. “It’s a lot of work, but a lot of fun. I was just telling my husband the other night that the thing I like most about it is the day of the race. I see all these people who show up and register and I see people I haven’t seen in a long time. It’s just a lot of good people who run it.”
Those regulars are why the Day of Infamy race is so popular 20 years after its inception.
“It’s pretty neat that it got so popular,” Hopkinson said. “Snowshoeing is such a big sport now. I’m still more of a skier myself, but I think it’s great. … I’m really impressed Dorothy has kept it going.”
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