Race Preview: 2021 White River Snowshoe 8k/4k and All-Women’s 2-miler (Mt. Hood)

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The largest, and oldest snowshoe event will be taking place on Sunday, January 16, 2022. X-Dog Events presents this lovely 8k and 4k snowshoe extravaganza, which takes place at the White River West Sno Park, near Mt. Hood, Oregon. Most years have seen over 250 participants, and the race directors are working to create a COVID-safe event. Never tried a snowshoe event before? Don’t worry – if you can walk 5-miles, you shouldn’t have a problem finishing either distance. You may choose from the 8k or 4k event or women may try out the 2-miler on Saturday. If you don’t have gear, NEXT ADVENTURE in PDX has some great snowshoe specials, as does the Salem Summit Company ($10/day).

The 8k event is a 2-loop course through the White River Canyon. Participants will travel out of the sno-park and travel all the way to the very end of the canyon, then return (the 4k does much of the same, just completing the loop a single time. It’s a narrow loop, and depending on weather, the course may change.

Packets and same day event registration will occur race day beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the White River West Sno-Park. Awards will be presented to the top overall, and age division, finishers for both the 8k and 4k distance. After the race, stick around for the age group awards and enjoy some treats and, just maybe, get lucky and win something during the random prize giveaway. The events begin at 10 a.m.

Date: Sunday, January 16, 2021 (All Women’s 2-miler at Noon on January 15, 2021)
Distance: 8k, 4k, 2 miler
Start Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: $30 for the 8k, $25 for the 4k
Register: Click here to register

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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