Another way to embrace the outdoors this winter: snowshoe running. Join Heather and co-host Cassy Stone as they talk about their love of running in the snow — on snowshoes. They welcome guests Jeff Gaft, race director of the Bigfoot Snowshoe 10K & 5K race held later this month on the east side of Traverse City, and Jeb Stone, a northern Michigan runner who who is a 3-time winner of the Bigfoot race (and has the Sasquatch statues that are race prizes to prove it). These four runners (Jeb is Cassy’s “better half,” as he jokes on the show) talk about why they enjoy running on snowshoes, tips for getting started and finding the right pair of snowshoes. Jeb also shares a few racing tips for anyone looking to get out there and challenge themselves in a snowshoe race. Jeff, who is a manager at Running Fit in Traverse City, gives inside information about this year’s event — the Bigfoot takes place Saturday, Jan. 23 at Timber Ridge Resort — as well as interesting details about how this race got started nearly 20 years ago. Be sure to listen through the end, when Heather offers up a special race discount code for a snowshoe race held in the U.P. In February. The Tahquamenon Snowshoe 10K & 5K, organized by Great Lakes Endurance, is among her favorite races and she hopes to head north to take part in it again this year. Finally, a listener informed Heather of another snowshoe running event this winter: a 3.5-mile or 7-mile snowshoe race part of the Meijer State Games festivities on Feb. 20 in Muskegon. The race takes place on some of the most challenging snowshoe terrain in the state, offering views of Lake Michigan and dunes.

The snowshoe podcast crew: (left to right) Heather, Jeb, Jeff and Cassy. (And The Sasquatch, front and center)

The snowshoe podcast crew: (left to right) Heather, Jeb, Jeff and Cassy. (And The Sasquatch, front and center)

Links:

Bigfoot Snowshoe 10K & 5K Race on Jan. 23 – www.runsnow.com

Running Fit: www.runningfit.com

Great Lakes Endurance – Tahquamenon 10K & 5K Snowshoe Race on Feb. 20: http://www.greatlakesendurance.com/michigan-races/tahquamenon-snowshoe.html

Snowshoe race at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex: www.msports.org/events

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A special thanks to Mike Moran of Quarter After Productions in Traverse City, Mich. for producing the show. Check out his work here, and if you like Michigan craft beer like me, tune into the popular Short’s Cast, a show he produces for Short’s Brewing Company of Bellaire, Mich.

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