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2016 Braveheart Snowshoe Racing Series Information

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The Braveheart Snowshoe Racing Series is returning for the 7th year!  

This year we will again base the series on race participation NOT race placement.    

If you are a new race director and want your race to be part of the series you can contact Braveheart at                                              

It works as follows:

First of all, There is NO fee to participate.                                                       

Runners must register for each race individually.  To participate in the series, racers contact Dave Sykora at with name, email address and phone number stating that you want to be in the series.  

Important: In order for the race to count you will be required to report your participation in each race to Dave within a week of completing the race. Only races that are part of the series will count.  Participating races can be found on the Snowshoe Event page of this website and are indicated by a "Braveheart Series" designation. If there are multiple races for one event you may do any or all of them provided you complete each race entered.  

Note: The USSSA National Competition: Any of the races completed will count for the series. This includes the citizens and relay races. See for event schedule and regulations.

This year the series will have 4 race classifications:




Mountaineering / Classic


Clydesdale / Athena



Open Class - The participant may wear any size and or style snowshoe as long as the snowshoe is no smaller than the minimum requirements of the United Stated Snowshoe Association (USSSA). See:


Mountaineering / Classic Class the Mountaineering and Classic class will be a combined classification for the drawing portion of the awards.

Mountaineering - Requires the participant to wear a 30 inch or larger snowshoe any construction plus 15-lb pack (back or fanny) or weighted vest.

Note: There are race venues that have their own regulations for their Mountaineering race; i.e. Perkinstown, Badger State Games and Stomp the Swamp. It is recommended that you abide by these regulations. If you wish only to acquire points towards the Braveheart Series follow the series regulations, DO NOT enter the venues Mountaineering race and PLEASE notify the venues race director of your intention before the start of the race.

Classic Ė Requires the participant to wear a wood frame snowshoe. The snowshoe can be any size and any decking material, but the snowshoe must have a wood frame.

Athena / Clydesdale Class - Athena is female 150lbs+ and Clydesdale is male 200lbs+. You will not be weighed; it will be on the honor system.

Kilterís Class Ė Any race participant that wears a kilt for any of the classes noted above will be entered in the Kilterís class.


Note: You may only score one series point per race even if you qualify for more than one class.

Series Prizes:

There will be separate drawings for each of the race classifications, so participants will be eligible for more than one prize.  

Prizes will be awarded based on drawings held at the end of the season. The awards for 2016 will be distributed at the “Stomp the Swamp” snowshoe race on February 21st located at Nine Mile County Forest in Wausau, WI. For every series race completed and reported to Dave Sykora the participantís name will be entered into a drawing. Note: Races completed after February 21st will count toward 2017 series totals.  

Prizes will include:  Snowshoes and other items to be posted on this web-site at a later date.

A special award, hand-made by Braveheart, will be given to all participants who complete 8 or more series races.   These special awards will be
presented at the awards ceremony at the "Stomp the Swamp" race. If winners are not present, the special awards will be given out the following winter at races. You DO NOT need to be present to receive a series award, but you will need to be present to receive a door prize. Only one door prize will be awarded per individual unless there are more door prizes than award ceremony attendees.

There is also an award for the racer that completes the most races in the series. If there is a tie for most races, a random drawing of those names will determine who wins the award.

Get ready for SNOW!!!!

Photo of the 2015 Award
It's a Korean game called YUTI-NORI
2015 Award

Photo of the 2010 Award:

Photo of the 2011 Awards:


Photo of the 2012 Award: ($20 bill not included!)    2013 Award
    2013 Award

2014 Award BraveheartCake


Awards made by Jim McDonell (Braveheart)    Cake made by Beth Sykora


Announcing the sixth annual 2016

The Stomp the Swamp race on February 21st is designated as the Braveheart Midwest Snowshoe Championship race for 2016. Please see the snowshoe schedule page for more information about the race.

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