In order to continue to move the sport forward and attract larger participation we need to pay attention to the needs and wants of elite athletes. These are very talented people who spend long hours training often with little or no remuneration. In order to attract elite athletes to this sports we need to do more for them then provide a swag item and a finisher’s medal. They more often than not have been engaged in endurance sports for many years and have collected dozens of souvenirs from races. Prize money is an incentive to compete in our races and helps to offset the costs of travel, training and entry fees.
For the first time, Snowshoe Canada had a $1,000 prize purse at the 2018 National Championships in Gatineau, Quebec. The race was a big success with a record turnout for that event. We also had an excellent elite field with strong competition from start to finish.
At our 2019 National Championship in Craigleith,Ontario, we will once again have prize money available for Elite Athletes. The amount has yet to be determined.
We are currently looking for corporate partners and private donations to help raise the prize money for our Elite Athletes.
Please contact me if you would be interested in supporting this part of our athlete develop programs.