Athletics Ontario member Sasha Gollish, of Toronto, has discovered snowshoe running as a winter training alternative and is heading to Myoko Japan for the World Snowshoe Championships February 14th -16th.
This event is sanctioned by the World Snowshoe Federation and promises to be a terrific event. Myoko Japan is at the foot of Mount Fuji, perhaps the most famous mountain in Japan. Annual snowfall tops 10 feet.
Sasha will be competing under the Snowshoe Canada banner and will be wearing the colours of the organization. Snowshoe Canada recently announced an affiliation with Athletics Ontario to encourage AO members to take up snowshoeing in the winter.
Sasha is the current Canadian Snowshoe Champion with her first-place finish at the annual national championship last February, at the Craigleith Ski Club.
Snowshoeing gives Sasha an alternative winter work out by allowing her to run on quiet snow-covered trails through wooded areas.
“I enjoy the quiet solitude,” adds Sasha, “and the technical nature of running on snowy trails with snowshoes gives me a different kind of workout from being on a track or treadmill.”
As the current Canadian female champion, she is being given a free race entry to the Myoko event by the Japan Snowshoe Federation, along with free accommodation and ground transportation to and from Tokyo, Japan.
Snowshoe Canada will also be donating a warm up jacket as part of their commitment to Sasha.
Joining Sasha in Japan will be Quebec Snowshoe Runner Julien Pinnsonneault. Julien is twice the Canadian champion in both 2017 and 2019, and has raced for Canada several times in recent years.
The presence of these two elite athletes competing for Canada will give us a distinct competitive advantage on race day with a strong possibility of two top finishes in an elite field of athletes.
Over 20 countries are expected to compete, including 60 athletes from the US.
As her commitment to her new found sport, Sasha has agreed to act as a Snowshoe Canada Athlete Ambassador. When the weather permits, she is willing to meet AO members at trail sites in the GTA to take snowshoers out for a good run.
Her favourite run site is The Brickworks, weather permitting.
The Snowshoe Canada National Championships are in Mount Sainte Anne Quebec on February 8th, 2020.
Prize money is on the line at both events.
For more information check out www.snowshoecanada.ca