Dec. 7 will be a Day of Infamy, snow or shine
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
SUNLIGHT MOUNTAIN RESORT ” Dec. 7 is a day of infamy.
For most of the United States, and the world, the day is known as the day when, in 1941, Japan military forces attacked Pearl Harbor, bringing the United States into World War II.
However, for locals of Sunlight Mountain Resort, it’s a day known for the past 16 years as a day for the annual Day of Infamy snowshoe race, even though the race has not always been run on Dec. 7.
The race began in 1991 by Ann Hopkinson and Fletcher Anderson, who started the race to honor the servicemen who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. Since then, the race has kept strong with its initial mission, but has grown into a fundraiser for Garfield County and Pitkin County animal shelters.
“The one thing for me that is nice about this race is that it’s local and you know a lot of people there,” said 2007’s first-place finisher in the 45-and-over women’s division and Glenwood resident, Heidi Vosbeck. “It’s similar to the Turkey Trot, where you see old friends and you are cheering for people and they are cheering for you. It’s a great local event.”
Vosbeck finished in eighth place overall.
Race director Lauren Chapman just hopes for enough snow to warrant using snowshoes. Sunlight hasn’t received much snow recently, and the resort has even had to push back its opening date until it gets more.
“There’s not plenty (of snow). We may have to get creative,” Chapman said. “We may have an open division instead of just a snowshoe division. We are just going to have to be flexible this year due to snow conditions.”
The open division would allow racers to run the course on whatever they felt comfortable with, be it snowshoes, running crampons, or just plain running shoes.
But that’s not going to stop last year’s overall winner, Bernie Boettcher, from participating in the popular local race.
“If there is not enough snow I will probably use something else, running crampons or something,” Boettcher said. “Rocks are hard on snowshoes.”
Vosbeck was not as worried about the snow conditions, having already checked out the Babbish Gulch course.
“There will be enough snow,” Vosbeck confirmed. “It’s marginal compared to some years, but it kind of makes it a challenge.”
The 8K race is going to happen, however, with or without more snow. And Chapman says that it’ll still be fun for all.
“We’ll go check it out Friday and try to take advantage of the best snow available,” Chapman said. “We’ve just been waiting for the snow, by now we usually have done the course three of four times.”
Last year’s race had more than 125 racers and raised $2,500 that was distributed between the Colorado Animal Rescue, Rifle Dog Pound and the Mid-Valley Animal Rescue.
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