The 2nd Annual Snow Shoe Challenge.

in association with

Race update: Course looks great, more details closer to date!

New Start Time of Sunday April 3rd at 3pm!!!

Each race has a 5km, a 10Km and a 50 yard dash for cash. There will also be a kiddies 1K which is free to enter.

$25 Dollar Pre­registration. $30 Day of registration, cash or check only. 

Race 1:
December 26th
Independence Mine, Hatcher Pass

Race 2:
February 20th

Government Peak Recreation Ski Area

Race 3:
April 3rd

Independence Mine, Hatcher Pass

Nunataq Snowshoe Race for April 3rd, 2016 will take place at the top of Hatchers Pass at Independence Mine.

Race Start Time!!! 3pm Start!

Drive to the parking area where Independence Mine trail head starts. There will be a Five Dollar parking fee via the State Park! Rangers will be there to reinforce the pay requirement.
Carpooling is recommended. They do not charge to park at the sixteen mile pull off, the parking area before the old Mother Lode Lodge, so staging cars there and transporting up to the upper parking area is advised.
Day of Registration starts at 8:45am and stops at 9:45am. There will be a $30.00 race day fee. Bib pickup and Race Day registration will be located in the Hatcher Pass Lodge (the red Aframe buildings at the top parking area).  

Kids 1k is a free event 3-10 years old, no snow shoes are required. Mom or Dad encouraged to
help out and run too! Just line up and have fun!

50 yard dash for cash

​ . Located at the start and finish line of 5k and 10k race course. $50 dollar payout to
 winners in both men and women divisions. Just line up and sprint 50 yards, in snowshoes. 
First one to cross finish line wins!

Winners will receive payment at the award ceremony after the race.

5k race course description

Nunataq snowshoe 5K race course description for Hatchers Pass, April 3rd, 2016. 

  Course will be loop style, finishing where you start, beginning at the sledding hill area and continuing up to the mine. The trail will be hard pack unless there is a fresh snowfall. The course will run around the old mining buildings in a clockwise manner and then continue up the hill to the upper groomed ski area into the bowl. The elevation gain is about 500 ft within the first 1.59 miles and will run on the flat top area. This course will have up to three 100 yard offpiste sections through open snow. These sections will be one uphill and two downhill. It will include a few rolling hills and a downhill finish.    

10k course description

10k race Course description; for Governement Peak, February 20, 2016. 

 This will also be a loop style course starting and finishing in the same spot. The route will coincide with the 5k course running clockwise around the old mining buildings. Continuing further up into Gold Cord Mine area and then moving into the ski flats toward the base of the mountain in the bowl area. The run will then separate from the hard pack trail and will merge into a single track through open snow. It will continue on single track up to Gold Cord Lake at the base of MicroDot Mountain. The route will run south along the ridgeline of the lake and then will take a steep drop returning back to the hard packed groomed ski area. After continuing on the groomed surface for about ¼ mile it will again break off into fresh snow ascending 100 ft to a rolling ridge line. It will continue along the ridge with a downhill finish on the designated sledding area to the start line. The finish will be a downhill sprint through open snow. The 10k course will have an elevation climb of about a 1000 ft. ​ Loop style course. Start of race is near parking lot at trailhead above the 

Points mean Prizes!!!

Thanks to our sponsors Northern Lights, the overall series winners will win a pair of Northern Lites race snow shoes
Points will be as scored as follows

Position 5K 10K
1 5 8
2 3 6
3 2 4
4 1 3
5   2
6   1

The highest male athlete and the hightest scoring female athlete will each win a pair of Northern Lites snowshoes ($200 value)

Information for athletes

All racers are required to wear snow shoes. There is no snow shoe size requirement. There will be no aid stations on the course, water will be provided at
start/finish area, along with an electrolyte drink from Hammer Nutrition.

It is recommended that you bring a change of clothes for after the race. Also wearing a neck gaiter or hooded jacket works well for keeping the snow from going down the back of your shirt.
There will be volunteers on the course incase aid is needed, only to be used in correlation of injury and navigation.

Online registration will end at 12pm, the afternoon of Thursday the 18th February, 2016. Register now to avoid
an additional $5 dollar registration fee. Pre-registration is $25, Credit on pay pal or cash and
check at Active Soles. Day of registration is $30. Cash or check ONLY! Race shirts will be sold day of race for ten dollars a shirt.

If you have already registered for the race and have Not paid please submit your payment to our pay-pal account before race day to avoid an additional $10 dollar cost.

We will update each course on this Web site, and inform racers of course conditions and weather.

Thank you for inquiring about our race.
You can register for race in the Register Section. If you are a 'Happy Runner'your username will work.
Or stop in at Active Soles Performance Footwear located in the Koslosky Center in downtown Palmer. Open 10am -6pm Mon-Sat. (907) 746-0600.