Running Club North hosts 2nd annual Snowshoe Scramble

Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star Reporter

Mar. 4, 2014

Approximately 20 people showed up to the west entrance of the Reichardt Building for a race that covered a quarter of a mile in snow shoes.

The second annual Snowshoe Scramble started at 11 a.m. and had two components. The first part was a non-competitive 1/4 mile run around the Troth Yeddha’ Park, which is located between the Reichardt Building and University of Alaska Museum of the North. The second part was the scramble in which involved participants dug in the snow until they found bags that contained prizes. Event Coordinator Pete Pinney, who is also the Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education. He said there were approximately 25 prizes that people could find including backpacks, hand warmers and even candy.

More than 20 people showed up for the event, including Mechanical Engineering student Ally Wardell, who said the last time she snowshoed was in elementary school. “It was pretty fun actually,” Wardell said. “It’s something to do on a Saturday morning, especially when you don’t have much else to do.” Wardell said that she would probably do this event again.

Pinney was quite pleased with this year’s turnout. “This is great,” Pinney said. “Just having it be a really comfortable atmosphere, it’s really good.” Pinney also talked about what makes the event so special. “It’s fun,” he said. “It’s not a race so there’s no first or second place.”

Before and after the event, participants were treated with hot chocolate, cupcakes and a small fire to keep themselves warm and ready for the activities.

The scramble took place at the same time as the 41st annual Festival of Native Arts, but it is not part of the actual festival, according to Pinney. However, Pinney did say that they tried to schedule this event at the same time of the festival last year, but were not able to do so because of “timing issues.” Despite not being part of the festival, Pinney called the snowshoe scramble an “added benefit.”

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