Monday, January 28, 2013

Sidehiller in the Middle of the Road

The Sandwich Sidehiller Snowshoe Race in Sandwich, NH is a unique event.  About 100 runners turn out for the race that starts and finishes on the Sandwich Fairgrounds and winds through the surrounding woods for four miles in between.  This year, as is typically the case, the race was the Northeastern qualifier for the USSSA National Championship race in March.

Officially organized by the White Mountain Milers running club under the supervision of Race Director, Paul Kirsch, the race is also hosted by it's namesake, the Sandwich Sidehillers.  The Sidehillers are a winter trail club.  Odd bed fellows are runners and snowmobilers but the collaboration makes the race tic and the Sidehillers bring a great group of volunteers.

Volunteers are important because Sidehiller is one of the only snowshoe races that features a road crossing.  About a mile into the race, the course crosses Squam Lake Road before climbing into the trees for a two mile loop.  The Sidehiller trail club volunteers are key to extending the snow covered trail across the roadway and stopping traffic to allow racers to pass. 

I love the road crossing at this race.  It makes for exciting racing and great photography.  It's also prototypically New England.  The juxtaposition of athletes, snowmobile enthusiasts, running tights and Ford F350's is perfect.  Here are some images from the road crossing at this year's Sidehiller.  You can see more race photos at my website or Joe Viger Photography's facebook fan page.

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Kristina Folcik, 1st Place Woman     La Sportiva

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Chris Dunn, acidotic RACING

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Kevin Tilton, 2nd Place Overall     inov-8

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Scott Mason of Scott Mason Photography

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